Finding a way to get things done, with kids, while running a business, and without losing your mind, takes serious skill. You need to be at the top of your game.
Even if you make it through most days without leaving a backpack behind or forgetting to pack a lunch, it’s never easy to push beyond incident-free, let alone smooth perfection.
There are so many people that you need to take care of, before you can even start thinking of yourself. Right? Wrong.
With nearly 54% of dual-income families saying that mother does it all, this isn’t something women can ignore. Instead, it’s a new plan of attack that needs to be embraced. It starts with taking care of you.
What I’ve done with this post is to create a list of 7 daily rituals that you need in order to master life in the fast lane. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do it all, with ease, straightaway. What it does mean, however, is that these daily rituals will put you on the right path.
1. Wake-up Early
There is something magical about a quiet house, clear mind, and time that is all yours. I get more done from 5am to 6:30am than I do in an entire afternoon on any given day.
The hardest part of an early wakeup is getting out of bed. “Mind over Mattress” – Robin Sharma. It’s all about beating that nagging inner voice repeatedly telling you five more minutes of sleep is okay.
There is something special that comes with beating our inner voice. If your mind wins … things start on a high note and usually only get better.
The bottom line is being productive right out of the gate gives you momentum at the very start of your day. Early success = powerful mojo.
I know what you’re saying. I have no time to workout! Then, this 7-Minute Workout is for you. It changed my life. It’s fast. It’s free. And, you can do it anywhere (no gym required). Come on now.
The New York Times first published The Scientific 7-Minute Workout in 2013 and I’ve been doing it ever since. Get the Free App Here. But, be forewarned ... it's addicting. I’m up to four 7-Minute intervals back-to-back followed by a 20-minute run.
A quick high-intensity workout is about improving your state of mind through the many benefits of exercise. Regular exercise boost brain function, reducing stress, improving memory, and more.
Good sweat = great energy ... and better fitting clothes.
3. Dr. Bonner's Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap
Talk about kicking it into fifth gear.
Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Soap is your ticket to sensory stimulation heaven. It’s natural and it’s spectacular.
The power of peppermint is here.
I first started using this natural soap in the late 90’s, when it had more of a cult following.
If you aren’t familiar with it, click here for a brief rundown of 15 Everyday Uses for Castile Soap from One Good Thing by Jillee. It's costs a little extra, but worth every dime.
This soap is amazing. It leaves me feeling tingly, clean, and invigorated. The perfect way to start your day.
4. Leafy Greens
Love it or leave it you need it in your diet. One bowl is better than none.
Spinach is my leafy green of choice. Here’s how WHFoods describes spinach:
Among the World's Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of our ranking list for nutrient richness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. Enjoy baby spinach in your favorite salads or make a salad made exclusively of baby spinach. Spinach is one of only three vegetables that we recommend boiling to help reduce its concentration of oxalic acid. We recommend boiling for just 1 minute to minimize loss of nutrients and flavor.
For 8 Surprising Health Facts About Spinach click here.
What I love best about Spinach is it’s versatility. It’s mild tasting; I love it cold or hot, cooked or uncooked, in a smoothie. Easy-peasy. One bowl of spinach is a great way to get your green fix. Healthy body = healthy mind.
5. Be Thankful
“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough”
― Oprah Winfrey
Whether you are where you want to be or still on your way, take a few minutes out of each day to be thankful for what you’ve got.
Things can get crazy. Hell, it’s crazy most of time. I know this firsthand as a mother of two boys under the age of 7 and owner of a toy manufacturing business. I work harder now than I ever did during my 12-year career on Wall Street.
You better believe that I look in the mirror and question things from time to time, the paths I took, the reasons why, the what ifs? I stop, take a breath. And I‘m thankful, for … the roof over my head, the health of my children, the strength of my husband, the sun when it shines, the rain when it calms … each day, I find time to be thankful, come back down to earth, and I’m a better person for it. Positive mindset = positive outlook.
6. Clean Kitchen
Go to bed with a clean kitchen, wakeup in a good mood. And that's the way I roll. For most families, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It’s the epicenter.
Clean is key. The dishwasher is emptied, counters are crumble-less, oven is wiped, floor is swept, kids’ lunchboxes are washed and ready to go.
In 3 Ways to Clean the Kitchen Before Bed, wikiHow gives great tips on how teens should approach the job. I love the use of delegation here. If only my kids were older!
Waking up to a clean kitchen feels good. Feeling good = piece of mind.
Play is a necessary part of being human. Play opens your mind and gets the juices flowing. Play sets you free.
With 42% of working parents today saying they are not good enough parents during the week, it’s about time we find time to connect with our kids. They need us; we need them. Carve out the time, even if it's only for 12 minutes per day. Put down the mobile, forget about email, and bond with your kids. They grow up fast.
Physical play rules.
Here’s what Aha! Parenting.com has to say about it:
Laughter and rough-housing keep you connected with your child by stimulating endorphins and oxytocin in both of you. Making playfulness a daily habit also gives your child a chance to work through the anxieties and upsets that otherwise make kids feel disconnected -- and more likely to act out. Play helps kids want to cooperate.
You'll find useful tips in the 10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child.
Bonding = happy family.
I own a children's toy company.I came up with our first product out of the need for good old-school active-play toys that would last beyond one-time use.
We started out manufacturing kids designer bop bags with recycled fabric covers. We named it Eco-Bonk.
Then we figured out how to customize the cover with any photo. We call it Bonk Yourself. Everyone calls it awesome.
We get some pretty hilarious gift orders, from birthday and retirements bonks to sympathy bonks that save marriages.
Laughter is instant therapy. Laughing until you snort, now that's the good stuff.
So go ahead ... use Bonk Yourself to turn a bop bag into you, your best friend, your little gymnast, your soccer superstar, playroom decor, holiday characters, good old Uncle Sal -- anyone or anything, all you need is an image.
Life is too short to be long. Play = peace and harmony.
When it comes to getting things done as a working parent, there’s no simple way to achieve greatness.
The best thing you can do is begin each day with a clear head, good sweat, healthy eats, fresh perspective, clean epicenter -- weave in family bonding and unadulterated laughter -- and you’ve got the best chance for smooth success in the fast lane of life with kids.
Would you add any other daily rituals to this list? Please share your favorites in a comment below.