As you know, I work from home, which, in theory, is a very laid back way of working. I rarely wear make-up, I’m always dressed in gym gear or PJs and Friends is always on the TV in the background. Invariably however, there’s always something that keeps me on my toes and yesterday’s spanner in the works, was a phone-call from my son’s school because he’d fallen off the treadmill (don’t ask) and I had to drop everything to go and pick him up.
Cue a medicinal McDonalds, lots of TLC all day and very little work done.
Now I’m glad I was at home, and not working in London, but suffice to say, life as a single parent, can get pretty hectic. There is always the possibility that because you’re the only one juggling all the balls, sometimes, one will get dropped. Luckily, that ball wasn’t Dexter yesterday, but sometimes it is. I’m only human. And thankfully, he’s learn to be very resilient and independent as it’s just the two of us. (Apart from when he’s poorly of course, and just wants his Mum.)
With all of this in mind, Rennie, the makers of the tablet that helps if you have heartburn or indigestion, got in touch to ask me what my top tips for life on the go were, and so I thought I’d share some with you.
1. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
AKA, pick your battles. I’ve been a parent for nearly 22 years and one thing I’ve learnt is that you’re never going to win every argument, but, more importantly, life is too short to be fighting all the time. Choose what is worth fighting for and stick to your guns. Whether that’s your children not leaving plates in their room (trust me, I’ve fought long and hard in the past about that one), or whether it’s more important to you that your children do their homework or have good manners … you can’t fight over every single small thing in life, so realise what’s important, and fight for that.
2. STAY FIT AND HEALTHY
As you know, I’m on a health kick right now (and for the rest of my life hopefully), and I’ve noticed how much more energy I have these days, compared to a year ago. I now get so much more done, I feel focused, energised and motivated and when you’re always on the go like I am, feeling this way is really important. I used to just put junk inside my body and wondered why I felt so lethargic, but now I give my body the right foods (with the occasional fun-size packet of Maltesers), my body is very happy! So remember to drink plenty of water, get some fresh air, sleep 8 hours if you can, and exercise as much as a busy lifestyle will allow you. Sometimes it’s important to be selfish and put yourself first – tell your family what you need, and they’ll soon realise that if you’re happy and healthy, they’ll benefit too.
3. GET ORGANISED
Being organised goes without saying but the how is important? What works for you? Writing everything down in a paper diary/Filofax? Or, are you like me, and you put everything into your phone? I write everything I need to do in Notes, and everywhere I need to be in my calendar, with associated alerts set up to remind me of what I’m doing. My handbag isn’t full of little appointment cards, and I always have my phone with me, so it makes sense.
As you may have seen, I wrote about why I hired a cleaner this year. It remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because it frees me up from doing something I really hate. I still have to keep the house tidy of course, but knowing I’m not the one that has to hoover the entire house, or clean the bath, is money well spent. So, if you can, delegate the jobs you hate doing. It’s much cheaper to delegate to your kids, but often not worth the hassle for a job half done (don’t get me wrong, Dexter still has chores to do), but hiring a cleaner really is a win/win situation for me and allows me to work harder and earn more money.
5. BE GRATEFUL
I think it’s easy to find ourselves chasing an ever-expanding set of goals that aren’t always realistic, and whilst it’s good to challenge yourself, also give thanks to what you have and where you are in life. Take time to smell the roses, be thankful for the friends and family you have, the roof over your head and the food in your belly. I say this not to preach, but I’ve found myself in some very difficult situations in life before and I know how easy it is to take things for granted, so just lift your head up from life sometimes and look around you. It puts everything into perspective and a little context is good to realise how far you’ve come in life.
So they are just a few of my top tips for living life on the go, I hope you can relate. I’d also love to hear some of your tips too!
* This post is in conjunction with Rennie® but all thoughts are my own.