Hey there! Good morning. Can we discuss momma’s daily routine for a bit? I feel like we do not get enough praise and recognition for the things we do. Do you feel the same too? Okay this morning, I’m gonna be sharing with you practical ways of working through your routine but first let’s take a quick peek into the life of an average African woman. You should know that I had to visit about 6 different families in different locations just to be sure of how their daily routine thrives. Ignore me, I just love to make my research properly. And oh, we definitely know that we may not be able to base the routine of every woman on these 6 families. Please feel free to add yours. After all, it’s a community where we’re supposed to grow and learn together.
Working through a schedule that makes you get up from bed as early as you can. Make the bed, wake the children, do your devotion, make breakfast and wipe Counters, load and unload the zinc by washing the pans and plates, getting your husband and children ready before turning to pay attention to yourself. Laundry is another topic on it’s own! Phew…. . Of course, there are several routines in between that may not be mentioned and this article has excluded those long weekend chores plus of course if your children are still very young, understanding their schedule is another thing and sometimes having to scream at the top of your lungs like a typical African woman 🤣. Does this sound like your routine?
What bothers me really isn’t this daily routine. It is that most of our women are battling with so much and their minds usually isn’t in the best state it should be. Some are over worked, while some are having real issues with their marriage. And having to carry this burden alongside that daily stressful routine whether you’re a working mom or a stay home mom. Alright, take a deep breathe and pause for a moment. Well, may I say that you’ve already taken one of those steps if you’re reading this post. Now to solution
- First, you have to appreciate and love yourself through this current moment because it’s probably going to be like that for a long time. The best you can do is to make yourself feel better
- Another thing we don’t emphasize is the power of habits. Yes, the power of habits. Okay, so I know there’s always something to do, something you remember while on another chore and it’s probably a carry over from the previous day. Anyway, writing out what you intend to do for the next day and sticking them where you can find them easily really helps. The advantage is this. Picking and lining up about 5 random chores you want to do per morning before heading out helps you keep track and not to forget what you want to do. That way, you don’t get to carry over anything, inconveniencing your routine for another day. Trust me, if you repeat that for a month, you’ll get used to I without even checking but most of our women already have that super power!
- Close enough to it is to arrange your bad the previous night. I do that a lot, especially when I have to take something along just so I won’t forget. Do I really need to emphasize the bliss of this act? All you have to do is pick up your bag and off you go instead of stressing yourself out arranging your bag after you had just finished your routine. Ah, the earth blesses you and you forget something important!😱 that day has been officially tampered with.
- Keep those long demanding chores till weekend. Chores like cooking and laundry can be handled on weekends. First, you go to the market and buy in large quantity. You should also cook in large quantity and refrigerate them! Yes! If you already have them in small packs, all you have to do is bring them out the previous morning and warm. C’est simple! This solution is my favorite. For laundry, it is advisable to do laundry everyday. As soon as you’re in from work, and set to shower, wash your clothes for that day right in the shower. That way, you won’t have much to wash by weekend except for bedsheets and curtains and covers if and when need be.
- If you’re the type that picks up your children from school, talking through your day with them will really help you cool off. Of course, not that you bore them by divulging all the information of your day without listening to theirs. It has to be a mutual call and response kind of talk. But you have to build that kind of relationship with them so they can be comfortable sharing with you.
- This one you’ve already chosen if you’re reading this post. That is, join a community of mothers where you can share and ease your pain. The thing is every mother on that platform is probably having the same issue you’re having but the joy is, some are way past that stage and they can help you through it with an advice or even practical steps of working through it. Need I remind you that networking is another strength of such platforms, you could find persons that will boost your business or even find a friend close or distant that you could visit from time to time!
- And this is the most important one, keep yourself as sane as you can. Meditate if you have to. Just be sure that your mental health is on point! It is very crucial to your health and routine. To your children and husband, to your business or career and most importantly to yourself.
This is where I’ll stop for today but feel free to add more solutions, you never know who you’re helping today. It’s mid week to weekend. Keep having fruitful days. Ciao! Dada Iyanuloluwa for Working Moms Africa