Moms Who Multitask: How I Juggle The Burke Family Circus

Moms Who Multitask: How I Juggle The Burke Family Circus

How do I juggle it all? Let me make this abundantly clear...I don't. At least not by myself. People see the Instagram photos of a clean house, a wholesome dinner on the table, vases of flowers, filtered images of perfection. Yes, those things do happen (and they are not an enigma). But believe me, there are days when I am almost in tears from the amount of legos on the floor and baskets of laundry in front of me. There are days I am overwhelmed by the amount of schoolwork that needs to handled and the menial tasks that seem to be piling up. I by no means have it all together. I too struggle with juggling our family circus.

  • Three boys...

  • Two of the three are still in diapers..

  • A work from home job...

  • A child who is partially homeschooled (he goes to a university model private school).

It's a lot.

On top of that, I feel like I have a harder time remember it all in my thirties. I am sure it's a product of getting busier more than anything, but oh my...

But I love our circus. I love everything about it. I love the opportunity I have been given to be present for my kids. I love the fact that I get to do what I love from the comfort of my home desk(s).

All this being said, there are some things that really help me juggle the mountain of day-to-day tasks in front of me.

1. Calendars, excels and backup calendars.

I tried keeping our entire family schedule on iCal. And I still do put more important events on iCal (the ones I need to share with my husbands calendar). But after a while I found I was letting things slip through the cracks...making sure kid #1 wore his spirit gear instead of his uniform on Thursday, remembering the life insurance automatically deducts on Monday. I needed to be able visually see everything laid out in front of me. Queue the addition of the Erin Condren Life Planner to our family. I'm able to list everything from bills, to meal planning, blog calendar, work meetings/events, family needs/events....you get the point.

Find out more about the Erin Condren Life Planner here.

Erin Condren also has a snap in bill tracker tab, which I use. But I also use our budget excel now to remember when things are due, or set to autodeduct.

Erin Condren Life Planner
Erin Condren Life Planner

2. To-do and Shopping lists.

Another great thing about my Erin Condren Life Planner is the inserts I am able to snap inside. I keep a snap-in for quick to-do notes and reminders.

On top of that, I also use a free app called Any.Do on my phone. You can pay for it to do more, but it does exactly what I need it to do (which is hook up to Amazon Alexa...more on that next).

3. Amazon Alexa.

Me and Alexa are best friends. We are an Alexa connected house. We have a Dot, an Echo and an Echo Spot (not to mention I have her hooked up to my mac). I could do an entire blog post on how Alexa has changed my life. Maybe I should, anyone interested? Anyways, for purposes of this post, I'm going to stick to the organizational benefits of Alexa.

Any.do (the app I mentioned above) hooks up to Alexa. Which makes it simple for me to tell Alexa to add milk, or cheese, or sourpatch kids to my shopping list....which then syncs to my iPhone. Alexa is in so many places within our home, that I never forget to write something down when I don't have a pen handy. #FirstWorldProblems, I know.

4. Drive through grocery pickup, baby!

Sometimes spending an extra $5 to stay in my car and have someone bring me my groceries is well worth the extra price. For a few additional minutes of time (and my sanity not dragging the kids into the store). Seriously, I used to love going to the store. It was a welcome break. But now, it is a chore and a marathon event. For smaller, quick shopping trips I will usually just go to the store. But for the larger trips this has been a game changer.

5. A loving team of helpers.

Ladies and gents, I tried to juggle it all by myself for a long time. I wanted to be supermom, working mom, super wife. It took me a long time to realize that relinquishing control made me a better mom, wife, friend...a better me. And frankly, my husband does so much to help and he also was exhausted trying to juggle working all-day and being thrust into a mounting pile of chores when he got home (trust me ladies, he's amazing and folding basket of laundry and emptying/loading a dishwasher).

My husband and I sat down and decided it was time to hire a part-time nanny. It has been a game changer for us. Having an extra set of hands to empty said dishwasher, fold said basket of laundry and make my kids giggle. And I feel so much more relaxed. 

6. Sometimes I just have to say "let's eat takeout!"

Honestly, sometimes 6:00pm roles around and I press the submit button on DoorDash. And frankly, that's okay. We will live to fight another day.

Do you have any game changing tips that help you juggle it all? I would love to hear them!

xo Brittany

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