By Dana Phillips.

If you are a mom, you know that the day you became a parent you added an enormous responsibility and a long list of to do’s to your life, didn’t you?  You are now the social director, the event planner, wardrobe coordinator, tailor, nurse, shuttle service operator, domestic diva, chief cook and bottle washer, housekeeper, wife, and lover.

Before you light the candles for your pity party, I want you to think for a second about those moms from the beginning of the last century.

In addition to everything I just listed, many of them had to plant the garden, weed the garden, pick the food from the garden, cook the food, and preserve the food through canning. They made all the clothes, the quilts, the curtains. They were the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. They were the cotton pickers, the corn de-tasslers, and the milking machine.  They got it all done and guess what? These amazing women didn’t have a microwave, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a washer and dryer, or running water.

As I thought about this life and the stark contrast to mine, I realized when we got so many helpful tools, electrical appliances, and timesaving devices we just filled our time with more things to do. We don’t use the time saved to create more memories, enjoy more freedom.  Instead, we add more activities, more commitments, and more stuff to our lives.

Fundamentally our great-great-grandmas had the same number of hours in every single week that we do and yet she seemed to get lots done. Oh, she didn’t work outside the home but I laugh when I hear that because she was outside the home a lot. Most of the women of that time were on farms or if they weren’t in farms they were working in factories.

So how did they get it all done? I think there are some lessons that we can learn from those women went before us.

Here are some thoughts to ponder.  I would love to hear yours.

  • They worked with their children, not for them
  • They combined work with career
  • They set priorities on a seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily basis
  • They shared, borrowed, and reused
  • They didn’t shop for entertainment but they made shopping entertaining

What else?  A quick reframe every morning might help your productivity.

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