What to do When Your Juggling Act Gets Interrupted

Do you need to re-choreograph your juggling act?

I had a pretty good juggling act going on until yesterday.

My son’s drawing made on his Innotab

While the kids were in school in the morning and the baby napped I would work.  Then it was lunch time.  After that the baby would nap again and the kids would go outside and play.  I’d  squeeze in some light work for an hour, and then cook dinner.  Next my husband and I would get the kids ready for bed.  At night I’d hang out with my husband and spend an hour talking to my social media tribe.  I would end the night unwinding with a book and my bedtime routine.

Then everything got a little crazy.

School ended and the kids are not going to a summer camp, I published my book, the baby stopped napping in the morning and started walking!

All at once work and my personal life happily erupted.

I am not complaining here because I have such beautiful personal things occurring and blossoming business opportunities I’ve worked so hard to attain.

It’s just that the system I had in place has fallen apart and I need to re-choreograph my juggling act.

Here’s what I’m trying out:

#1 – Staying present with my kids.

My 6-year-old is EXTREMELY interested in playing with my iPhone, laptop, his Innotab and Skylanders.  I remember when I was a kid playing Super Mario Brothers and Zelda for hours on end but I don’t want that for son, at least not yet.

His screen time has been capped to 2 hours per day.

To help the kids learn my cell phone number, in case of emergencies, my phone’s passcode is first 4 digits of my phone number.

This screen time doesn’t include TV though (that’s a never ending battle/crutch for me).  They watch TV in short bursts for now.

A big challenge I’m face is not “checking in” on my iPhone.  When I do, this shows my kids that it’s OK to be talking to someone while doing something on that sleek communication device.  If my iPhone is not near me, my son brings it to me.  I guess he feels I can’t live without it (ugh!)

Monkey see monkey do.  So I am limiting my own screen time for when the kids have their own “work” like art projects or reading.

My children are 6, 4, and 1 and really need my attention.

Yesterday my son was asking me how his sister pees because he hasn’t seen her… you know what.

My 4-year-old daughter acts like a cute goofball, and puts on “shows” for me.

My 1-year-old started walking, but isn’t doing it on her own.  If she’s not walking around with my help she’s frustrated (and lets me know!)

Right now it’s so important for me to be present with my kids thus it has become my #1 priority.  I want to enjoy the first summer I have off with them.

#2 – “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man (or woman) healthy wealthy and wise.” ~Benjamin Franklin

So how am I making room for a booming business?

A month before school ended I started waking up between 4AM-5AM.  It’s not that hard to do when I go to bed at 8PM (the kids go down at 7PM and wake up 6AM-7AM).  I am most creative and tend to concentrate the best early in the morning.

I get most of my computer work done before the kids wake up.  I work a bit more when they do wake up because they are still sleepy and can make their own breakfasts.  The baby is the last to wake at 7:30AM so I can get a good 3 hours of work done, plus sometimes I go for a run to get the creative juices flowing.

Throughout the day I keep a running tab on business ideas in either my planner or in Evernote.  Then at night I prioritize.  I make a to-do list of 3 professional tasks to complete in the morning and plan out the other ideas.

I talk to the kids about my business.  My daughter says “I want to work on the computer like my mommy does.”  My son wants to write a book one day.  This makes me feel like a million bucks.



Lizzy’s Lounge

These are just a few ways I’m changing things up.  What do you think?  Have you ever had to majorly re- choreographed your juggling act?  What did you tweak?  Leave a comment down below and let me know!

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Liz McGrory

Liz is a work/life sway strategist helping stressed out working mom better manage their quadruple workload of self, family, home and career. You can also check her out on TheSpurce.com as their working mom expert and on The Maven Clinic as one of their career coaches.

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