Need help finding time to work on you in the busy seasons of motherhood? Try these 3 easy steps to find more time to focus on you.

{Guest Post by Heather}

As moms we’re limited on time. It’s the understatement of the year. Perhaps even the decade. It’s the one thing we need more of and yet feel like there’s never quite enough. Worse yet, we’re constantly running out of it. We all wake up with the same 24 hours to work with, but it seems to be a huge challenge finding time to work on you!

Am I right?

Finding time to work on you…

There are so many things you want to do for your family, your kids and yourself. Yet as a mom you have a to-do list a mile long full of things you need to get accomplished.

There are errands to run, there are playdates to make and school forms that need to be signed.

There is homework and dance rehearsals and tee-ball games.

There are lunches that need to be made and housework that needs to be done.

Before I continue, let me just remind you first that you’re awesome. There’s no amount of work you can’t handle. And you do it all with amazing finesse and bravado. So hats off to you.

Despite that, I know it is still hard finding time to work on you.

There’s so much you want to do, to be and to accomplish in your life. How do you fit in time to work on you as a mom, a woman, a person when you’re already running out of time every day?

I’ve put together how you can easily and effortlessly work on you in just three simple steps.

Finding Time to Work on You in 3 Easy Steps

You’ll feel more accomplished and get a chance to do some of the personal growth things you’ve been longing to do.

Find the Pockets of Time

Before I was a mom, I was able to spend limitless amounts of time on myself. If I wasn’t at work or school my time was my own.

When you become a mom not only is your time not your own, but you rarely have long periods of time to yourself. That’s why it’s imperative for you to use the tiny pockets of time you do have.

Admittedly, this was a struggle for me in the beginning. I was used to having long periods of time where I could accomplish things. I’ve learned that I have to squeeze in whatever time I have in whatever pockets I can find.

For example:

Are the kids entertaining themselves and actually playing together nicely?

Use those 10 minutes to read a chapter in a book that will help you grow personally.

Only have 5 minutes in the car pick-up line?

Use it make a list of your goals for the week.

I always thought I wouldn’t be able to accomplish much in 5 to 15 minute increments, but now I find that these short spurts actually help drive me forward a little bit at a time.

Ask for Help

I used to think that asking for help from others made me weak. I even refused for a short time to ask my husband for help because I thought I could do it all on my own. I also really didn’t want to inconvenience anyone.

I’ve learned that it takes a village. If there is something I really want to learn or accomplish I’ve realized that there are times I’m going to have to ask for help. I’ve had to hire babysitters or enlist a friend or ask my husband so I could go to a seminar or lecture or class.

I’ve learned that not only does asking for help allow me to reach my own personal goals as a woman and give me time to work on growing me, but it’s helped me understand that leaning on others (even the tiniest bit) does not make me weak.

I’ve established a support system and that has fostered a sense of confidence in myself. I know I have others who are supporting me along this stage of motherhood.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

I used to be under the impression that everything I did or thought up had to be original.

I’ve recently learned not only is that not the case, but it actually can make your life harder. So when it comes to working on myself and growing personally I’ve found that it’s best to learn from others that have been there. I mean they clearly have more expert experience than myself, right?

I follow several blogs, this one included, to show me shortcuts and helpful hints to be a better mom and more importantly a better me. I’ve learned so many ways to grow as a woman from other women and moms.

I read the things other women are doing that have helped them become better and improve their lives, and I take that and apply it to my own life. It’s not only taken the pressure of me trying to recreate the wheel, but I’ve been able to grow personally at a faster and more productive speed.

So there you have it 3 simple and easy ways for finding time to work on you! Try at least one out today and see how it can positively impact your life. I promise you won’t regret it.

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How do you fit in personal development and working on you in these busy years of being a mom? Share any helpful tips in the comments below.

Need help finding time to work on you in the busy seasons of motherhood? Try these 3 easy steps to find more time to focus on you.

Heather of Just Becoming Me contributor to Mom Motivation Mondays series at The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival GuideHeather lives in Florida with her husband, two girls and two pups. She is a lover of most things in life, too many to name here without scaring you, but a few include working out, learning new recipes, Pinterest, organizing (yes, it’s true!), home decor and learning to lead a more minimal and purposeful life.

She started Just Becoming Me as a venture to better understand herself and what will lead her towards a more fulfilling life. Her motto is: “We only have one life, and I want to learn to live mine in a way that gets me excited to jump out of bed.”