According to the findings of an Australian survey of 6000 parents and carers, (National Working Families Report) 62% of parents have difficulties managing their own physical and mental health. 1/2 of all mums say they are under a lot of stress or a great deal of stress. It is not surprising to hear, that as a consequence, 1 in 4 mums report that they have considered or are actively intending to leave their job in the next 12 months.
Some may suggest that you should just get more productive with your time, that you can manage time better.
But time is finite each day. It has a limit. There are 24 hours in a day. Time can't be controlled. What we can control are the choices that we make on how to spend our time.
Managing time implies 'I must work harder, smarter to manage time better'. When we focus on 'our choices with time' we instead ask 'does this task deserve my time'. This shifts from being at fault or at blame to about empowerment and self worth.
For a busy parent, to get yourself an hour of me time, relaxing time or quality time with your family there a 4 clear choices that you can make.
Before we look a these choices, let's first understand 'what is the value of 1 hour of my time?'
1. Choose not to do the task
2. Choose to share the task with family
3. Choose to agree on a task plan with your partner (if you have one)
4. Choose to outsource the task
It takes on average 2 hours a week for a parent, with 2 busy children to manage the family's schedules
Going through newsletters, emails, apps, documents, portals... Trying to stay on top of all school and kids activities.... Being solely responsible for working out who is doing what, when and what do they need to do or bring is more time consuming than you may realise! It is also adds to your ever churning mental load - 'have I done this, who, when what'...
At myWhānau, from $4 a week, we can manage your household diary, giving you back these precious 2 hours, reduce your stress and mental load - learn how
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