We all want to show up and do the best we can in our life without the feeling of being pulled in a million different directions. We all give it our all throughout the day and are determined to power through to get it all accomplished. However, for so many of us we can’t get there without feeling burnout. The good news is you can avoid burnout! I want to share my 10 daily habits with you that keep me from experiencing burnout as a pretty busy mom.
I choose not to be as busy as you possibly are, but I do that on purpose. I time block and choose to be really intentional with the things that I do. I choose to protect my peace and preserve my time and really move myself and my family in a direction that I know I want to be going in.
I know many of you strive for this same goal! These 10 daily habits are things you really can put into place to reduce the amount of burnout you experience. So grab and pen and paper and let’s jump in to the 10 habits every busy mom needs in their daily routine to avoid burnout for once and for all!
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I recently had the most interesting two weeks. I hosted an event that was right outside my hometown. The event itself was awesome! I loved getting together with other like-minded women, hosting the event, preparing the decorations for the venue, it was all so great, but it was also a lot of work. Unfortunately, some challenges came up right before the event took place, which impacted our child care, which then caused some stress that I wasn’t anticipating. The truth is, every time I’m taking this company to the next level, things always get hard.
At the moment I’m reading a book by Brene Brown called, “Dare to Lead.” It’s my goal to read 12 books this year, and after I set up this informal book club in the FaceBook group, it has really helped me stay on track. You can totally join us there. No commitment, but totally fun. One thing that Brene mentions in this specific book, is that she is a 10/10 on the introversion scale. Here’s a little tidbit of information for you. I tend to get really weird around people; even though I love taking care of people and getting upfront and center with others, I still get a little “off” when I’m around a lot of people.
Incorporating Daily Habits
Now, I wasn’t always like this. I’m not sure what happened when I got older, but I also don’t enjoy flying and not being around my family. While reading this book, Brene mentions different ways that she overcomes some of these challenges. She has put into practice certain methods to keep calm while in specific situations, and while I was reading about some of these things, I had a true eye-opening moment when I realized that I have 10 habits that I use daily and they are my tried and true habits that keep me from experiencing burnout.
These habits are not made by mistake. These habits were created on purpose and with intent. These habits are crucial if you are wanting to exceed in motherhood, in the home, and business. If you are not reaching your daily goals right now, I want you to look at your daily habits and see what is happening and what is the reason you tend to take two steps forward and one step back over and over again. If burnout is something that you are continuing to experience, it’s time for you to put some of these habits into place.
10 Daily Must-Have Habits To Avoid Burnout As A Busy Mom
This one is a given! Where are you with your sleep? Do you take away from sleep to get more work done? There is nothing wrong with working on your business after the kids have gone to bed, but there is also nothing wrong with going somewhere away from the home so distractions are not at your fingertips. Your sleep is more valuable than doing things in the late-night hours. Prioritize 7-9 hours of sleep daily for yourself. Some of you might be wondering how you do this. It’s a part of your routine. It’s in the block that happens right before you should be getting ready for sleep. If you need more help with this specific habit, we have you covered! We have the resources to help you, just reach out over in the FB group.
2. Tidy Cues
I sat down and really thought about what habits I have in my life, and tidy cues came in at #2 for me. I know without a doubt that this is one of the biggest habits that help from experiencing burnout. I don’t get overwhelmed with the housework because I have a routine for it. The things that are exhausting you, are the things that you have really poor habits around.
The things that are exhausting you, are the things that you have really poor habits around.
This is the process that I use for breaking down project management for every goal that I have. No For example, my laundry. I’m great at washing and drying the laundry, but getting it all put away? That’s another story. I don’t have piles of dirty laundry just sitting everywhere in my house, I just have a bad habit of getting it out of the laundry basket once it’s cleaned. I can still remember growing up having a dirty pile of laundry on the floor and a clean pile on the floor and eventually the two would mix and I wouldn’t know which were which anymore. I have come a long way, my friends!
Tidy cues are big inside the academy, and we teach them well so your home is always picked up and everyone in the house can help in this area. Five quick 10 min tidy’s a day add up to 50 mins of tidying every day. Staying on top of this will ensure you are not overwhelmed with hours and hours of clean-up all at once.
We have discussed this on the podcast quite often. My dear friend, Marian Mitchell has a podcast called The Road To Living Whole that focuses on holistic health and food. She is incredibly knowledgeable about how to eat properly when living with chronic diseases or food sensitivities. Make sure you check her podcast out for more great information. Nutrition is key in making sure burnout doesn’t happen. I am 99% caffeine-free. I’m just not a caffeinated person anymore. Now and then I will have a small cup of black tea because I enjoy it, but the zing of energy I get from it only lasts 5-10 minutes.
My body has the energy it needs from the food I provide it. The foods I choose to eat help me physically and mentally with whatever I’m needing to do in my day. If I don’t eat properly, I noticed I am not kind to my family and I’m not able to get the things done that I need to do. One thing that is vital in this area is getting to the grocery store on time. If you constantly put off going to the grocery store until the last minute, take-out and not-so-healthy food often become the go-to meal for the evening. If you are trying to figure out how to be more successful in this area, this is also taught in our routines inside the academy.
This has been a goal of mine for this year. I have always had great habits of stretching my body. Whether it be Crossfit, yoga, stretching, at-home workouts like Beachbody, whatever it is, you have to move your body daily! This will be so key in preventing burnout! I don’t know all of the details in how it exactly works, but I do know that chemically and hormonally, working out does so much good for our bodies. Science and research show that having physical exercise can prevent burnout in so many different areas of your life. This specific habit needs to be something you do at least 3 times a week, for at least 30 minutes each time. There are so many amazing benefits from just this one habit. Find something you enjoy doing, and stick with it. I promise it gets easier.
I use music daily to get me through my days! Music has always been a huge part of my life. I have used it for literally every different event in my life. A good playlist will do so much good for you! Whatever your choice of music is, it can make such a difference in your day. I have so many genres ready for any occasion. My roots will take me back to some good ol’ Jimmy Swagger if you know who that is. I can see my Grandma snapping her fingers now. It honestly just does something to get me through those long work blocks, hard days, long drives, and so much more. We decided to “bite the bullet” as my mom would say, and subscribe to apple music. It has been the BEST decision we have ever made! Literally, such a great tool for your life. Turn off the screen time and turn up the music!
You know hands down, this is why I don’t burn out. I’m not going to talk much about this habit, but I do want you to learn them, love them, use them, download the workbooks, ask questions, and do the things you need to to make this habit happen. Moving right along….
Get linked up with a great community. The event that recently took place was an opportunity for like-minded women to get together and just enjoy some really good time together. I love being connected to my friends and family. If you are feeling like you are lacking in this area, join us in the FB group and let us know what you are looking for. The academy is a great focus community. We meet weekly and once a month. That specific community is strong and you can click here if you would like to join. You can get started for only $97 on our payment plan or you can pay all at once, either way, getting involved with community is vital! Let us know how we can help you plugin!
8. Hope & Faith
My hope in what I’m doing is key! My hope comes from my faith in God. I have faith in what I was created to do, and what I am doing every day. I didn’t just decide one day that I wanted to do this thing just for fun. No, I started doing this and building this business because I KNOW this is what I am supposed to be doing. Anytime this gets super hard or I feel like I can’t do this anymore, I look towards a hope.
It’s like standing at the base of a really big mountain and you know the summit exists, but when you get halfway up and you feel like dying, you reach for this bigger hope. It’s hope that when you sit down at the top of this mountain, it’s going to feel so good. Not hope like a wish, but it’s a belief. It’s something much bigger than that. If you are struggling with this, pop over to the FB group, and let’s talk about it. I’m more than happy to tell you where I get my hope from and I’m happy to help you talk about yours. If you are feeling hopeless, this is a great habit to start with. You have to find your hope so that you have something to cling to when things get hard, because inevitability, things will get hard.
This is a link or gateway to my husband and kids that prevents me from experiencing burnout. This is so important that we actually teach about this in tier 4 in the academy. If I didn’t know how to communicate, everything would be so difficult. I love communication! We aren’t perfect at it in our house, but we are pretty darn good at it! I love it so much that I minored in it while in college. Communication is so very important. You have to be able to talk about what you need help in, what you are experiencing, how to tell others what they are doing well in, and so much more. Communication all around is just so important to possess. If you are lousy at this, practice every single day. Talk to your husband, your kids, say you’re sorry, talk about what you did great during the day, talk about what you want to do with your day, you can even journal. You can’t do this life on your own. You have to communicate if you don’t want to experience burnout! Period!
This is not equal to sleep. You need to rest. Put your phone down and delete your apps!! I am always surprised when women tell me that they didn’t know that deleted apps was a thing. It’s a thing, and you should do it! When you delete an app, you can truly see how freeing it is to be disconnected from some of these areas that take so much from us. Apps are designed to be deleted! Step away from social media. Rest! Rest at least one day a week where you literally do nothing. Don’t follow a checklist, open the laptop, or answer the emails. Yes, it can be hard but you have to do it!
- Tidy Cues
- Hope & Faith
If you’re not ready for the Academy download the free resources here on the site by clicking the “FREE” tab on the top of the page. Don’t make any excuses. Literally, I’ve heard them all. Every person comes to I can’t wait to see which habits you start putting into place first. As always go and join us in our Facebook group for more conversations and help! Until next time, I look forward to hearing from you in our group and right here on the blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I avoid burnout as a busy work from home mom?
As a busy work from home mom you CAN avoid burnout. By understanding and knowing your Fundamental Needs and through planning out your day through my time-blocking system, you can be sure that you are NOT over-booking yourself and prioritizing the REAL things your body needs to not only survive, but to fully thrive!