Ever since getting home from our leadership retreat (more to come on that later hopefully) last week, I just can’t seem to get this thought of “creating space” out of my mind. I have always loved what I do as a coach and mentor, but for the last couple of months, I just felt like I was going through the motions and in a bit of a funk or brain fog, you might call it. One of our focuses on our retreat, though, was regaining our vision and really fine-tuning our process to be even more effective. And I just came home feeling like I had so much more space and clarity.
I know that I am not the only mama obsessed with doing big things and living my best life, so I decided I needed to share with you what I’ve been doing to make a little more space in my life. Now, I know that all probably sounds a little abstract, so just bear with me…I’m going to get to the practical, but first, how do you know you need a little more space?
Well, for me, I just felt like I was functioning in the state of brain fog, like I knew what I needed to do but just couldn’t get it all done for the life of me. I also felt like my brain was just constantly buzzing with what needed to be done and while I’d do the tasks, I still felt like I was forgetting something. You may also need to make a little more space if you…
- Feel fatigued despite getting adequate sleep.
- Experience overwhelming emotions with no identifiable triggers.
- Find yourself in a constant state of “not enough.”
So what does it mean to create space? I realize this probably looks and feels different for all of us, but this space that I want to help you cultivate is really just a feeling of peace and calm in your life. Now that’s not to say you’re not still going to bump up against deadlines and still need to rush to get things done once in a while. But when you have space, these things won’t be so all-encompassing (or debilitating).
Now, you know me…I’m all about providing you with practical advice, so here are a few ways I’ve been finding more space in my day.
- Follow a morning routine. – My routine is super simple, but it’s made such a difference. I start with devotions, write out my gratitudes and affirmations, and then read some personal development. It helps me fill my cup first, so I start the day with space
- Schedule time to unplug. – As someone who runs a business through social media, this has been huge for me. But even if you aren’t a mamapreneur, that unplugged time will give you so much more space. I like to make our dinner hour through putting my little one down for bed our unplugged time. But think about when it makes the most sense for you and your family and spend some time without devices.
- Establish a schedule for your business tasks. – Okay, so at first glance, this one obviously relates a lot to those of us who are building businesses on the side, but this really applies for everyone. Business tasks can range from anything to posting on your social media channel to getting the laundry and dishes done. Just think about these tasks that are the most distractive to you and create a plan for how you can tackle them each week.
- Spend time alone. – Yes, I know this is easier said than done, but mama, you NEED some time for YOU whether you’re experience brain fog yet or not! So do whatever it takes to find some time to spend by yourself. (And no staying up to the wee hours of the morning just to be alone doesn’t count!)
So there you have it, friend! My top tips for creating space and getting rid of the brain fog. I know none of them are mind-boggling, but honestly, I’ve found more often than not, the simplest tweaks to our daily routine make the biggest difference (and are the most sustainable).
Now I’d love to hear from you. Are you looking for more space in your life? Share in the comments or send me an email, and let’s chat about how you can start creating room to live your best life too.