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Help! I need your tips on tackling the scramble!

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The scramble. The juggle. Mad goes by many different names but doesn't matter what you call it, the majority of us are living it (hopefully today, we are all taking the time away from it and enjoying the merry merry hohos!?). But think about it: the constant speed for many of us is "rush mode." Every mom I talk with says a similar thing: "We are always on the go - when do we ever get some downtime?" Soccer games, homework, piano lessons, work projects, deadlines, birthdays, is never-ending.

Which is something we can rationally say, "Hey! It is too much...there will always be something, so SLOW DOWN!" But we never do, for some reason. Do all of the things we are doing bring us happiness? Eh, I'm not so sure, but some we have to do, I know. Ilike what Joanie says, how we need to be at work when we are at work, but when we are at home or doing something else, be doing THAT.

Among his many jobs, my husband teaches acting. There is a huge part of his work that involves getting his students to remember to "stay in the moment," to not think about what they should do in the scene, but to react in the moment, in the here and the now. This is something that I try to remember in my daily scramble, and something that I try to teach my kiddo. Even if our day is jammed, be present and focus and take deep breaths in what you are doing in

But this all doesn't change the fact that we are all overbooked. I've tried more and more to work into our calendar some scheduled downtime, even if it is just two hours on the weekend where we do nothing. But I still feel rushed a lot of the time, feel I may be missing moments. 

What do you do? How is your scramble...and how do you tackle it? Share your tips!


by on Dec. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

We do this too

Quoting 4kidz916:

I try not to fill our calendar so full, of course sometimes it's unavoidable, but I still make sure we have our family time on Friday or Saturday nights. 

by Silver Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I've got to get time by myself, otherwise I would go nuts!

by Silver Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I also try not to do things for the kids that they can do themselves.

by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

This is not difficult for me at all. I refuse to overbook. 

by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM


Quoting elasmimi:

1) prioritize

2) learn to say no

by Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM
We like a routine. If we don't have one it throws everyone off
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I've also learned that acting is a part of being a mom staying calm when you want to freak out LOL ya i know it.

i try not to overbook and keep it low key and go with the flow as much as i can. i really need to plan ahead with my son and it helps.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Very stressful!!

by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

When I have too much going on, I prioritize and cut out the lower priority.

by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

we follow a schedule , Summer is much more less stressful 

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