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Life - Like a juggling act: Tips and resources to help keep you from burning out and going crazy!


With 5 kids and both my wife and I working, daily life in my house can be...well.......let's just say...an adventure, that's probably a good way of putting it.


What's your daily routine like? 


Are you keeping your cool and remaining level-headed through all of life's craziness?


With so many things going on every day and throughout the week in most households, it doesn't surprise me that many people feel burnt out, stretched thin and just plain exhausted. 


Why do we do it to ourselves?


Many people likely wonder if there is a better way or some secret to managing our lives and households in a manner that keeps us from losing our sanity.


Is that you? Does your life at times feel like a juggling act?


I can relate! 


I'd like to share with you 3 tips and a couple of resources to help keep you from burning out and going crazy!


These 3 tips are elementary in nature, but if overlooked and treated as insignificant, can rob you blind from some of the resources your mind and body desperately need. 


3 Tips to Help Combat Burn-Out:


1) Guard yourself from exhaustion by focusing on one task at a time versus multitasking and trying to do many things at once.


I am a huge culprit for doing this. I am usually a vigorous workhorse - one who chases after achievement. Not that achievement is a bad thing in and of itself, but when it comes at the cost of one’s mental and physical health - well, that's never good. There are 2 books that I have completed over the past few months that have given me tremendous perspective when it comes to weeding out non-essential things in my life and aligning my focus to the things that are most important. I am surely not perfect at practicing the principles taught in these books, but I am learning. I'd like to recommend these books to you because I believe in the value they can be to you. The first is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less | by: Greg McKeon. The second is called The ONE Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results | by: Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.


2) Get some sleep! 


For cryin' out loud, you and I need proper rest, our bodies and brains can't function at their best without it! This is another area where I fall very short. I have often gone many days throughout the week with 4 to 5 hours of sleep and then ended up playing catch-up on Sunday with about a 6+ hour nap. This is not good for me and it's not good for you either. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan's book, The ONE Thing, will give you a wealth of knowledge about schedule building. I mentioned their book in tip #1. I highly recommend this book to you, for the help and value it offers. I am surely going to go through the book again, because the content is priceless and they teach quite a few concepts that, for me, take more than one time through to absorb.


3) Eat something! 


How many of us start the day off with coffee only and then go throughout the day either eating very little or just simply eating junk for the most part? This is where I would have to raise my hand and say, guilty again. Eating something is surely better than eating nothing, but at some point we do need to sit down and eat a worthwhile meal. More than once a day would be most preferable! I believe that most of us understand that our bodies and brains need nourishment and nutrients. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or even a health nut, but I do understand that in order to perform at our best, we need food!


Although primitive information, there is a lot of wisdom in heeding to these 3 most essential components to our basic health and well-being.


All of this equates to living the awesome life. Life would hardly be awesome if we were to be sick and unhealthy and unable to serve and live as we desire.


I'd like to recommend one more resource to you that my family has found to be super helpful in keeping us organized. It's an app called Cozi. This is a great family organization app! Cozi's slogan when the app opens is - Life. Simplified. This app offers just that, simplification to the life of a busy family. Cozi has a calendar and list building feature that is shareable with the people you add to your profile in the app. Every person in your profile downloads the app, creates their own profile and upon logging in, is able to see and edit the shared calendar and lists. This way, everyone knows what each other has scheduled in the calendar and the types of things they having going on in their lists. My family has found the shareable grocery list to be one of the best helps for us. Instead of verbally reminding each other of the things we need around the house, we just add them to the list when we notice there is something we have need of and when it's time to shop - the things we need are all right there in the Cozi app. It's pretty amazing! Cozi is available for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 8.1.


Be encouraged my friends!

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