My wonderful husband surprised me with Chinese food the other night for dinner. It is one of my favorites but not one of his, so it was a nice change. My fortune says “If you do not run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will.” This verbiage rang true to my soul – in that I wrestle on a regular basis, as many work at home moms do – with taming my mind. I have had a big change the last few years with working from home with a newborn to working back in corporate America only to now be back home working with a toddler. Each lifestyle presents many challenges and sometimes I stop myself from sleeping at night because my brain wrestles with to do lists.
Presently, I am running my own freelance business as well as working as a Thirty One Gifts consultant and working part time a a trade show staff manager for a small home improvement company. Between all of these activities, I am left with a lot of loose ends and if I’m not careful someone could be missed. Not to mention being a work at home mom of a toddler and I’ve been planning for his birthday this week. I can feel pulled in many directions, but eventually I would like to cut back to only one endeavor at a time, but I feel skills from one avenue help me with another so I am learning new skills all the time.
I find that when I have my to do lists separate between avenues of my life, I get more accomplished. I have created a simple binder with labels and keep all my notes and loose papers for each one in the sections specified. I now carry this binder everywhere and keep notes up to date. It also helps me keep focus on a task at hand when I am only looking at one business at a time. I am able to stay on task and better organized when my mind is allowed to be controlled instead of when I used to look at one huge to do list that covered everything. Keeping more of a schedule of when I work on each business has also allowed me to keep time and my family starts to expect that certain times of the day I am unavailable.
How do you keep your mind from floating? Have you struggled with allowing others to control your mind or schedule? I would love to hear it in the comments below.