We’re chatting about How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too — an ebook I wrote to empower other moms to pursue their passions while investing in their families — with additional resources and printables each week. If you heaven’t already, be sure to check out the Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 discussions, download those printables and share your story as well!
This week’s topic is all about juggling a home and the pursuit of your passion. How do you fit it all in without always feeling like you’re sacrificing time with the kids to do chores or living in a pigsty because you just don’t have the energy? In the last section of the ebook, I share lots of tips for managing it all in less time — from the 15-minute blitz and the touch-it-once rule to menu planning and managing email. Today, I want to hear from you. How do you manage your home? Is it a struggle or have you found a rhythm?
Here’s how this works:
- I will share this week’s discussion questions in three ways: in this post, as a printable PDF page and in the comments, with one comment per question.
- Using the “threaded comments” feature, you will be able to respond to a specific question so that your comment is threaded or nested underneath that question. Just click Reply under the comment you’re responding too so that we can see that thread. Other people can also respond to your comment in the same way, so that hopefully we’ll get an actual discussion going rather than just one long comment thread! I’m sure this won’t work perfectly, and it’s not a big deal if you accidentally put a comment in the wrong place or want to throw out a new discussion question of your own. The idea is just to be able to talk through this together, the same way we would if we were meeting in my family room with coffee and pie!
- Please take time not just to share your own answers, but also to read other people’s answers and ask questions, share encouragement and more.
- Don’t forget to download your free printable resources at the end as well!
Okay, let’s get this thing started!
Week 4 Discussion Questions
1. Do you have a home management rhythm or is it a struggle for you?
Which chores are easiest for you to get done? Which are the hardest? What parts of your lifestyle make those chores hard (always on the go, just don’t enjoy them, have to go to a different part of the house, money is stressful, etc.)
2. Have you identified your pressure points?
Which things drive you crazy if they’re not done? Are you already taking care of these first thing? Which couldn’t you care less about?
3. What routines could you improve to keep household chores from getting dropped?
What one change could you start with first? Which one would have the biggest impact on your sanity? Which is most important to your family?
4. Do you meal plan?
What does meal planning look like for your family? Do you have emergency meals for busy days in your freezer or pantry? How often are you left scratching your head for dinner ideas at 5pm?
5. Does everyone in your family share the responsibility for chores?
Could you delegate some chores or tasks to your children? Is hiring someone to help an option? Do you have daily routines for clean up?
6. What business tasks could you automate?
Have you unsubscribed from email newsletters you don’t need? Do you use keyboard shortcuts to save time and keystrokes? Can you set up automatic transfers and payments rather than doing them all manually?
Week 4 Resources
Download or print these free resources as you think about your story:
- Week 4 Discussion Questions
- Weekly Menu Plan With or Without Days
- Weekly Menu Plan & Shopping List With or Without Days
- Children’s Chore Chart
- Freezer Menu
- Windows Hot Keys Cheat Sheet
I am also working on some household chore charts and schedules and hope to release those soon!
Looking forward to the conversation!