Are you an athlete mom trying to juggle your schedule and find joy in your child’s sports journey? This episode is for you! Join us as we explore strategies to transform your busy sports mom life from overwhelmed to organized. Our expert guest, Chelsi Jo, host of the “Systemize Your Life” podcast, will share proven strategies to help you enjoy the ride. Plus, mark your calendars for July 20 when Chelsi will lead a workshop on implementing these systems. Don’t miss out on reclaiming your time!
For now, let’s dive in and talk all about making your sports mom life less stressful so you can actually enjoy your athlete’s journey.
Simple Tips to Make the Sports Mom Life Less Stressful
Being a sports mom can be very fun and exciting, but let’s be honest: It can also be very stressful. It comes with many challenges; from managing household tasks, juggling schedules, and supporting your athlete – doing all these can feel overwhelming at times. However, with the right strategies in place, you can make the sports mom life less stressful and enjoy every moment of your athlete’s journey.
Below, we’ll explore some simple tips that will help you stay organized, find balance, and create more freedom in your life. Let’s dive in!
The Power of Systems
Chelsi understands the struggles of being a busy mom. She shares her own journey and how she found freedom through systematic living. By implementing systems in your daily life, you can create a framework that helps you create order and reduce your mental load. These systems allow you to streamline routines, automate tasks, and make your life more manageable overall.
Recognizing Repeating Tasks
Take a moment to review your daily responsibilities and to-do lists. You might notice that you’re spending a significant portion of your time doing repetitive tasks, such as household chores, appointments, managing your child’s schedule, and more. By identifying these repeating tasks, you can create systems to help streamline and simplify them. Ultimately, this can help you save time and energy in the long run.
Embrace Time Blocking
Chelsi suggests breaking your day into five blocks. These blocks help you stay organized and it helps make sure that everything important gets its own dedicated time – it’s like giving each part of your life its own special attention!
Morning Routine Block:
This is the first block of the day – and it’s all about YOU! This is all about you and getting things done before your kids wake up. It’s super important to set aside at least 15 minutes for yourself before your children start their day. You can use this time for self-care activities like meditating, planning your day, exercising, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. It’s a great way to kick-start your morning!
The AIM block is when your kids are up and you’re getting ready for the day – it’s all about the hustle and bustle of family life. Depending on your situation, this block can be as short as 30 minutes. During this time, focus on getting yourself ready for work and your kids ready for school. It’s a team effort!
Now it’s time to tackle your work responsibilities. If you have a typical 9-to-5 job, this block aligns with your working hours. But, if your schedule is different, adjust it accordingly. In this block, focus completely on work-related tasks such as checking email, attending meetings, and collaborating with colleagues. Stay in your work area!
After the kids come home from school or you pick them up, it’s time for the afternoon block. This block is important for getting ready for the next day. This includes activities such as participating in after-school activities (hello, sports!) helping with homework, preparing and enjoying dinner together, and sticking to bedtime routines. Stay focused and let the night run smoothly.
Nighttime Routine Block:
Finally, we have the nighttime routine block. This block is all about you winding down and taking care of yourself before you go to sleep. You can spend anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours for this. It’s the perfect time for relaxation, reflection, and activities that promote well-being. Think reading, stretching, journaling, or spending quality time with your partner (scheduled date nights are a great idea!). Let go of screens and make this block intentional and meaningful.
Note: Remember, these blocks are flexible – feel free to adjust them to match your own schedule and preferences. What’s important is you allocate dedicated time for different areas of your life, so you can focus and avoid overwhelm. By embracing time blocking, you’ll boost your productivity, prioritize what’s important, and create a better balance between work and personal life.
Mealtimes and Meal Planning
Mealtimes and meal planning can be challenging for busy moms. To address this, creating a system approach is important. Here are some tips to help you streamline your family’s nutrition and make mealtimes a breeze:
Implement a Menu Board Meal Planning System:
Creating a systematic approach to meal planning can save you time and reduce stress. Consider adopting the menu board meal planning system, which involves compiling a list of your family’s favorite meals, creating a weekly menu board with designated sections for each day of the week, and using strategic meal selection where you determine the busiest days in your schedule and plan accordingly. During your busiest days, you can choose quick and easy meals, crock pot recipes, or freezer meals – this way, you can focus on preparing meals that fit your available time and energy.
Consider Early Meal Preparation:
Do you have a packed schedule? Preparing meals in advance can be a valuable strategy to help you manage your busy day. For example, you can start preparing dinner early (even as early as 4:30 PM!), to reduce the rush of the evening and create a relaxed atmosphere for dinner. Additionally, families planning evening activities or exercise should consider preparing a portable meal in advance. These ready-to-eat meals can be easily reheated or enjoyed on the go, so everyone will be full without sacrificing time or convenience.
When you start incorporating effective meal planning and mealtimes into your routine, you’ll discover a lot of benefits that can make a big difference in the long run. It’s not just about eating right, but also about teaching your kids about good nutrition, saving money, and managing your time better for both yourself and your family. By simply organizing your meals in a smart way, you can lay the groundwork for a healthier lifestyle while making the most of your precious time and resources.
Being a sports mom doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By implementing simple strategies, you can transform your busy life into an organized and enjoyable journey. Chelsi’s expert tips on utilizing systems, time blocking, and meal planning will help you save time, find balance, and create more freedom. Embrace these tips and reclaim your time while savoring every moment of your athlete’s journey. Remember, it’s all about finding joy in the little things and making your life as a sports mom less stressful. Good luck!
[03:34] A special introduction to Christina Brianne Lee. Bree’s background and why she started her business.
[11:40] Let’s talk about systems! We talk about the importance of having systems in place, and how having systems can give you a framework for your life.
[18:38] What is the time block method? How does it work? Chelsi talks all about the five blocks, and how it works for moms.
[24:30] It’s all about mealtimes and meal planning! From implementing a menu board meal planning system to starting dinner early, here are some tips to help you streamline your family’s nutrition and make mealtimes a breeze.
[29:37] Why is it important to have a mealtime system? Here, we talk all about the benefits of having a meal planning system and the importance of prioritizing nutrition.
[32:44] The importance of having a home management system. Chelsi talks about her 10 years of experience as a health teacher.
- Join Chelsi and me Thursday, July 20th at 9am PST for “How To Go From Overwhelmed To Organized So You Can Have More Time In Your Busy Schedule!”
Chelsi is teaching you her proven strategies to help you go from overwhelmed to organized, even if you have a million sports schedules to manage and are hitting up the drive through every night because of it!
- Hang out with Chelsi Jo on social @chelsijo.co and learn more about working with her!
- Join our FREE training for Sports Moms – How To Strengthen Your Athlete Daughter’s Mental Game So She Believes In Herself As Much As You Do
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