While I am well past the diaper stage in my home our youngest daughter does have a little one so when I was offered the opportunity to review Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing I thought it would be fun for us to work on together. She was keen on the idea but said she wasn’t sure she could fit the time in (and this is just why she really needs a course like this one).
Lisa shares her experiences with you throughout. I really like that since I never felt there was a “so-called expert” telling me what to do. No, there was a mom with eight children who had figured out some ways to keep her life more organized who was sharing her systems and solutions with us.
After downloading and reading through the plan though we realized this wasn’t something that would make us feel locked in, rather it is a plan that will help keep us organized (and on budget) while still allowing for a good variety of meals and last minute changes.
First thing I did was sit down with Lisa’s Themed Dinner Planner and talked to EJ about what foods he likes best. Then I added in other family favorites once I hade the themes picked out. While this is just a bare schedule to start with it will certainly help with making up our grocery list. I can see myself putting together an order for pick-up at Walmart or one of the local grocery stores that offer the service.
Next thing was to put together a rough breakfast, lunch, snack, and theme menu for the week/month. Again, I need to flesh it out but it was good to have paper and pen in front of me and think out how our family lives. Since some of us girls do a drop in Craft and Conversation night every other Thursday, having a crockpot meal that night is perfect. I left Fridays for family favorites so I can have my fish and the rest of the house can join in or put another simple family staple together. (Why did I never think of this before?)
There was one idea Lisa shared that I had kind of forgotten about from when my kids were small. I would take out the broom before snack in the afternoon and sweep out from under the couch, along the fireplace, under the playpen (you get the idea) and the girls (plus any of the kids I was sitting that day) would pick up their little toys and pencils and put them away before I got the dustpan out. Lisa describes doing this in her home under 15-minute cleaning. What can I say, I know it works and helps get a lot of the little clutter and dust out of the way,
Now I am getting ahead of myself (as usual, I tend to bounce around when talking about things, just ask my girls) and I missed out the important bits at the beginning. Lisa suggests that you sit down and make goals for yourself. She also says to speak with your family about them. This totally makes sense since they will be much more likely to get on board with your work/business/projects if they understand the why behind it.
She also encourages us to do day plans rather than minute by minute schedules. I understand this and it makes sense to me except there are certain items that are scheduled so I began by sketching out a typical week and I will continue to fill it in with our day plans. EJ likes the idea of knowing what he needs to accomplish that day and that he has the freedom to change things around a bit depending on how the day is going.
V3 and I have been enjoying trying out some of Lisa’s suggested “baby steps” in getting ourselves organized. I think she is starting to feel a little more breathing room and I’ve noticed she is finding time to schedule postings to her home business social media page so that it a definite plus. She also took Lisa’s suggestion of making time for herself and went to a movie with V1 and her aunt, leaving baby at home with hubby and EJ playing with his uncle.
There is only so much time in a day and, as mothers, we seem to be running through all of them. I am finding Lisa’s ideas on time management for busy moms to be a great help (without feeling like a chore to put into practice).
We definitely recommend Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing to any of you mompreneurs or simply moms who would like to find a little more balance in their lives. And don’t just take my word for it, check out what some other Crew moms had to say about it by clicking on the image below.