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The most important thing you should remember when it comes to being a mom is not to be too hard on yourself. It's easy to get overwhelmed since you're trying to make it all happen, trying to please everyone, and trying to get it all right. Most likely there isn't one person that knows all the things you are doing, and there are hundreds of different things you are doing as we moms all know. Most days you make it all work, but there are days when it can be overwhelming, so it's important that you reach out for help, advice, or tools to assist you.
This checklist is a tool, it is meant to help add structure to the day and is especially helpful for generally unstructured people. Print this moms daily checklist and keep a stack to have on hand, you’ll need a new one each day.
Most Important Point of this Article: Refer back to the Happy Mom Daily Check list and do something on it when you feel like the day is getting away from you!
Begin using your checklist today. Add the day/date to the top of the sheet and just begin. As they say, every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...so take the first step today, begin your moms daily checklist.
Follow the checklist as best you can each day and you will feel like a Happy Mom! Check off the items you complete throughout your day. You don’t have to do them in any special order, and you may not get them all checked off every day – but don't worry if you don’t get them all done today, tomorrow’s another day and each day you’ll accomplish more! Some days you may only have a few things checked off and completed...that's OK...tomorrow's another day!
Repetition Equals Happy Mom
The key and goal is repetition. The more days that you do the same thing every day the more it will become a habit and something you don't have to think about, you just do it. Let's face it, every day there are some things we repeat : we make lunches, we do the dishes, we do laundry, we cook dinner. In life repetition can be boring I'll admit, but let's face it, we need to make some mom things repetitious in order to be a Happy Mom.
For example, water and vitamins are key. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day. Fill a nice big bottle, if you have to keep one next to the kitchen sink, next to the laundry area, keep one next to your bed, keep one next to your favorite place to sit, one where you work... drink throughout the day - do this every day. Keep a bottle of multi-vitamins next to your bed, every night when you get into bed take the multi-vitamin. Do it night after night. It will become routine and you won't have to think about it, you'll just do it. Even if you are eating well, a multi-vitamin is a good thing! Repetition is a good thing when trying to take care of yourself and be a Happy Mom.
As a person that hates routine, I must admit, I have learned that sometimes routine does make life easier.
Happy Mom Daily Checklist
Happy Mom Checklist Day/Date:___________________________
Refer back to this list and do something on it when you feel like the day is getting away from you!
- __Wake up & give thanks–it's already a good day, you woke up!
- __Feet on the floor, get out of bed, make the bed.
- __Brush teeth, use mouthwash
- __Wash Face
- __Brush Hair
- __Chapstick for lips, cream for face
- __Get Dressed
- __Breakfast: egg on whole grain or cereal or smoothie
- __Take a multi-vitamin, a vitamin D! And any other vitamins or medications
- __Water, keep large bottle next kitchen sink or at work. By end of day pitcher should be empty.
- __Snack: 10am, 12n, 2pm, 4pm (fruit/vegetable/smoothie/protein bar, etc)
- __Dinner (Salad, Soup, Chicken or Fish, Veg, Whole Grain)
- __To Do List: Write down here some of the things you'd like to accomplish today, check off when done.
- __Decide what's for dinner tonight:
- __Calendar Check: see what is scheduled for today, add important events, activities, meetings, sports, etc., get them out of your head and onto the calendar. Google online calendar is a great tool!
- __Check email, answer important ones, print the ones you need to get to, delete what you can. Spend 20 minutes doing this and then get off or go on to other computer tasks. Daily email upkeep will pay off.
- __Exercise: Best choice; go outside for a 15 minute walk. Some things to do throughout the day: squats do sets of 5 throughout the day wherever you're standing, Lunges, throughout the day do 5, do 5 more, 5 more, Arm lifts with hand weights or cans, Run in place for a count of 15 then balance on one leg for a count of 5, OR Pop in an exercise video, or if you have on-demand cable, Exercise TV is wonderful– 20 min and you’re done!
- __Do a little laundry: wash, or dry or hang or fold or put away or take it to the cleaners.
- __Vacuum, straighten or lightly clean ONE room or closet or drawer.
- __Spend 10 minutes opening/getting rid of mail, paperwork, etc.
- __See or talk to someone other than family today. Text a friend, connect with a co-worker, chat with the mailman, the store clerk, someone!
- __Boost your mood, turn on some music.
- __Hug someone.
- __Breathe. Close your eyes & breathe deep, in & out 5 times, do this a few times a day.
- __Laugh–even it it’s at yourself. Need help? Visit ahajokes.com for a chuckle.
- __Spend 15 minutes OUTSIDE–do something, do nothing, just get outside for at least 15 minutes.
- __Do Dinner, Keep it light. Salad at every dinner, even if it’s only lettuce & dressing. Lots of Veggies, always keep lots of bags of frozen veggies in the freezer, pull a bag out & and into a bowl with a little water then microwave – quick & easy. Lean meat or fish done on the Forman grill is quick and easy, sprinkle with Mrs. Dash seasonings for extra flavor. Instant Brown Rice or Whole Wheat Pasta ( mix half regular with half whole grain if necessary).
- __Bedtime to do's: __plug in cell phone, __in your mind pick out tomorrow's clothes, __wash face, __brush teeth, __shower or relax in a warm bubble bath, __face/hand cream, __put on pj's & and get into bed, __turn off tv, __give thanks.
__Don’t worry about tomorrow, don’t regret anything about today. Good things happened, crap happened…but lucky you, you’ll have the chance to do it all over again tomorrow…put your Happy Mom checklist under your mattress, turn on the radio, close your eyes, relax, go to sleep!
The goal really is to help you focus and be aware, to help you stop feeling overwhelmed, and help you get into the habit of doing some “me” things routinely every day and then they will become habits. You will gain a sense of accomplishment too when you see all that you have done on your Happy Mom Checklist each day!
The key to success: Referring back to the Happy Mom checklist! This is especially important when you get sidetracked or start spending too much time on one thing – be it kids, cleaning, work, watching tv, computer, phone, whatever, you must pull out the checklist and make something else on it happen. Again, the key to success: Go back to the checklist!
At the end of the day, put that day’s checklist in a folder, under your mattress, and let it all go out of your head as you drift off to sleep. Start a new Happy Mom checklist tomorrow. Sweet Dreams!
Easy Dinner Recipe Grilled Chicken & Veggies
Part of making dinner a quick and easy task is to have the right tools and products on hand. If you don't have one already, buy a Foreman Grill! It will make your life so much easier and it will make feeding yourself and your family healthy meals a lot easier!
So, for easy healthy grilled chicken in a flash arm yourself with a foreman grill, a couple bottles of Mrs. Dash seasoning, and a can of spray oil. You'll also want to keep bags of frozen chicken breasts and frozen veggies in your freezer (both of which can be located in the freezer section of your local Walmart or grocery store).
For quick and easy grilled chicken just preheat the grill for 5 minutes with the lid closed. Spray the chicken with the spray oil and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash on both sides, place on grill and cook till done, depending on thickness could be 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook the veggies in the microwave according to package directions.
Daily Checklist for Happy Moms post your comments here Comments
MomsTreasureChest (author) on August 07, 2012:
Thanks Kathleen, I really like the idea to do one thing every day that doesn't have to be done again the next day!
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 07, 2012:
Welcome to HubPages. You are off to a great start. This is a very good list for the work at home Mom. I did this for the best 13 years of my life. Today those children I devoted my life's work to have homes and children of their own. That's the reward.
One tip I'd add: do one thing every day that doesn't have to be done again the next day. Repot a plant. Buy a new nail polish color. Something, anything, to keep the day unique from the daily grind.
momster on July 27, 2012:
This is an awesome list. I am always venturing off on to other things instead of what needs to be done. I have so much house stuff, I also hate cleaning house. I love being outdoors. I am going to try this list. I have recently started working out, having a list may help me stay with the work out. I am not a routine person, so getting things done is not easy for me. Voted up. Great job on this.
jenubouka on February 05, 2012:
My favorite is the last one, crap happened, but tomorrow is another day...
Working at home with a vibrant three year old boy in the middle of potty training, well need I say more?
MomsTreasureChest (author) on January 29, 2012:
Hang in there H.C...it does get better - not really easier though, every age brings new challenges. Your children are at an age now where it really is the most overwhelming as far as their needs, the house, chores, shopping, laundry, work, family, etc. I once read a quote that said it so perfectly and made me smile...Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing! So true!
So, my best advice for going the distance: protein for breakfast and eat something every couple hours, multi-vitamin & at least 4 water bottles a day, spend the car drive deep breathing, squeezing & releasing arms/legs/butt/hands & shoulder & face exercises & head side to side/rolls & listening to upbeat music. Also, pick 3 nights where every week dinner is the same (for us it is Sunday Pasta, Wednesday Chicken, Friday Pizza)it's amazing how much that helps, you don't have to think about it and it just becomes routine. And they are things you can make fancier when time or inclination allows, but those 3 dinner/days stay the same, forever! Leave the laundry and cleaning for the weekends, pack lunches at dinner, and remember, the housework is never done...there will always be some to do, so whenever possible, choose being with the kids over cleaning - without thinking "I should be cleaning" lol! again, hang in there!
Holly from Lone Star State on January 27, 2012:
I like the hub, i think the idea behind it is great- we all need to avoid becoming the monster mom that we sometimes are when we are tired and have been neglecting ourselves for years... now is i could figure out how to do all this- that would be a good thing :)
I have two little ones, a three and a four year old... my days allow for- waking up...rushing to get dressed- get them dressed and out the door, before i go to work for at least 8 hours- drive the hour home, get home where it is chaos... house is a mess, everyone is mad-hungry-tired and needs a bath. still need to do laundry- thank goodness my husband has taken on the responsibility of dishes or i would never sleep, lol...
miss_jkim on January 25, 2012:
I used to do this when my kids were little. Good ideas and a great hub.