Having a better work-life balance is what we all want and look for. However, most of the time, we feel like we are not doing things right, especially us moms. We always feel guilt, don’t we? {I hope that isn’t just me}.

I get asked many times how do I do it all – running a business from home with two little ones, having time for myself, and doing activities with the kids, etc. My answer is that sometimes it can get really hard, I am not perfect. What helps me is to have a schedule to follow.

It is important to remember that the meaning of success is different for everybody. Some people define success by the amount of money or things they have. Others, by the job title they have or the company they work for. Yet, some people think success is being well-known by a lot of people. Whatever your personal and professional goals might be, having a well balanced life is key to be healthy and happy.

I don’t know what you do for work but, I am a Professional Organizer. My work day includes working at my client’s homes, plus some hours in my home office. I have the privilege of setting up my own schedule, working with the most enjoyable clients, and doing what I love. Success to me is not just having happy clients that will have an easier life after working with me. It is that, plus having well fed, healthy, happy kids; a clean and organized house to spend quality time playing with my kids or watching a show with my husband; taking my kids to the playground and other activities; having healthy, homemade meals on the table most of the time; and spending time doing the things I love for myself.

There are so many things I could include in this article about how to have a lifestyle in which your physical, mental and emotional needs are met, such as: the importance of exercise, learn how to say no, leave work at work, etc. What I want to do instead is to give you practical tips to organize your life in order to achieve balance.

Do you want to know how I can get so much accomplished in my day in the most balanced way possible?

1. Know your priorities
I started by mapping out what my priorities are. What are the things I can not get away from? What do I have to do everyday? What makes me happy?

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2. Create routines and stick to them
When I was younger I used to think that having a routine was something boring. That is one of the reasons I chose to be a journalist, at first. Later in life, and especially after I became a mom, I find them essential to my life. Even newborns need them and they know what to expect at every time.

Having a morning and night routine for you and your kids will help you to get your to-do list completed in less time. Make the thing you love part of your daily routine and create strong habits. I especially like my night routine. I try to prepare my day as much as possible, the night before. My husband and I take care of the kitchen chores after dinner time {clean the floors and do the dishes} Waking up to a clean kitchen puts me in a better mood early in morning.

3. Plan your week
Take a moment of your Sunday to get your week planned out. Start by adding the things you marked as your priority, moving down to the base of your pyramid. Make sure you have everything you will need for school, work, meals, etc. Schedule time for yourself.

 

Write down on your calendar: time for you to go to your favorite fitness class, to check out a new coffee shop or to just take a bubble bath. Chances are that if you don’t plan it, it won’t happen.

4. Meal Plan
I hear from so many people that meal planning is so difficult to start and keep up with but, I can’t emphasize enough how much money and time you will safe by doing so. You will always have healthy homemade meals without spending too much time in the kitchen.

5. Plan your social media and emails
I have to watch myself from time to time to do not spend too much time on my phone, checking my emails and social media. I do those with work purpose and that was taking a lot of time of my day that I could be spending relaxing, playing with my kids, reading, etc.

Recently I came up with a system where I check my work emails 3 times a day (early in the morning, middle of the day and night), and I post and engage with my followers on social media every morning. After that I disconnect to focus on other areas of my life.

6. Get your house in order
Having an organized environment with room to breath and relax is important to everybody. If you see yourself picking up after your kids, partner and even yourself too many times a day or you can’t keep a clean home, it is time to get everything in order. Get rid of what doesn’t serve you anymore.

I would love to know what are your tricks to a balanced life. Let me know in the comments below!

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Di is Organized

Ola! My name is Di Ter Avest. I was born in Brazil and moved to the USA in 2008. I am a wife, mother and professional organizer. I love all things organized and neat, but I also have a passion for nature, spending time with my beautiful family, cooking and creating all things beautiful on a budget. I am so happy that I am able to share all of my joys on my blog. I am the owner of Di is Organized and I hope you all check out my website. XO!

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Ola! My name is Di Ter Avest. I was born in Brazil and moved to the USA in 2008. I am a wife, mother and professional organizer. I love all things organized and neat, but I also have a passion for nature, spending time with my beautiful family, cooking and creating all things beautiful on a budget. I am so happy that I am able to share all of my joys on my blog. I am the owner of Di is Organized and I hope you all check out my website. XO!

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