This post is #5 in a 5 part series titled “Rhythms & Grace of Every Day Mom Life.” You can find all the posts in the series here.
RINSE AND REPEAT
The process I outlined in this series can be repeated for basically any rhythm/ habit/ routine you want to change or eliminate.
- First, you identify the issue.
- Second, identify specifics of that issue – what exactly are the problems?
- Third, brainstorm ways to change each specific problem. The chart from post #3 might be helpful if you’re a charts & lists person.
- Fourth, think and act consciously about making changes because habits don’t change overnight and rhythms don’t just happen for most people.
- Fifth, think about your season. Our seasons change constantly and they affect our everyday mom life rhythms. If something is particularly difficult, it could be a function of trying to do a good rhythm in the wrong season.
DO IT OFTEN
If you have littles, the seasons change so quickly. What works when you have a 2 month old won’t work when you have a 6 month old. And that might not work when you have a 1 year old, or when you get pregnant with your next kiddo.
Give yourself grace, and plan to evaluate and change rhythms as seasons change.
ALL THE THINGS
Depending on your personality and situation, you may be feeling like, “Oh my gosh this is so overwhelming. Get away from me. I hate you, rhythms.”
Or maybe you’re all, “This is awesome. I’m changing all my rhythms right now.”
Or maybe you’re somewhere in between.
I’d suggest beginning to think about your days generally as a whole bunch of rhythms. But, maybe only focus on changing 1 or 2 at a time. After all, motherhood can be tiring, and the last thing you need is 17 things to change at one time.
Thank you for going through this course – I hope it helped you in some way.
May your children be well-behaved and your coffee be strong, my friend!