HeatherNYC
Help! I need your tips on tackling the scramble!
December 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The scramble. The juggle. Mad Life...it 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, holidays...it 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 that.one.moment.

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!

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Replies

  • Juniper53098
    January 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I almost always get up 1/2 hr before anyone else.  Then I have some me time before I have to start getting on the kids to get ready in the morning.  On the weekends, I try to spend more time relaxing than with formal activities.

  • Heather2001
    January 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    My kids are still too young to be fully in the scramble yet.  I'm sure it'll be a tough balancing act in years to come, though.