A friend recently asked me how I find the time to fit everything in. I'll let you in on a little secret; I don't.
This brings up something that has bothered me for quite some time. Why do we as humans always feel the need to hide our humanity? I'd love to be able to post on this blog that I'm always perfect. My home is always clean, the baby always goes to the sitter properly dressed and without food in her hair, my job never suffers, I shower and style my hair every morning, I always manage to get that workout in, and I do it all with a smile on my face. But it would be a big, fat lie.
Give yourselves a pat on the back. You ARE good enough. It's human nature to want to show the world our best selves, that's why we manage to clean our houses more in the 20 minutes before someone arrives for a visit than in the last 2 weeks. But don't expect to look at someone else's "perfect life" and see an accurate representation.
This is what my kitchen looked like this morning when I went to work:
Not exactly a "perfect homemaker", hey?
That being said, there are ways to get things done. First, don't think about ALL the things you need to get done, think about what you need to get done right now. Prioritize. I didn't do the dishes today until I had finished work for the day and gone to the gym. Actually, since I'm being honest, I still haven't finished all of them. Because, for me, the gym is a bigger priority than dishes (unless someone is coming over).
Another thing that has made a huge difference in what I can get done in a day is my level of physical activity and nutrition. Honestly, if I hadn't been to the gym today and eaten properly, I probably wouldn't have finished any of the dishes, made dinner, or packed my husband's lunch. I actually find that when I get some exercise and fuel my body with what it needs, I wind up getting a lot more done in a lot less time. I just have more energy.
What I'm trying to say is that if you make proper eating and exercise a priority, the rest will come. Just don't beat yourself up if you're not quite living up to this myth of the "perfect woman". Because none of us are.