How do you live a productive life? How do you find the time to do the things you want to do? How do you manage time constructively? Is there any such thing as work-life balance? Though I do not have clear cut answers to these questions asked by many, I do have some tips to share:
The kind of food we eat affects our mood and energy. Going for a walk even if for 20 minutes daily can do wonders to your creative energy. A sleep deprived body can never work to it's full potential. (Easier said than done, ha?)
The main reason I am able to juggle many things without going mental is because I've a good support system in my husband and family. Ma sha Allah. J helps me by taking care of our children when I have to step out. I also ask help from my Mother and Sister whenever I need an extra pair of hands.
9. Reward yourself
I am often asked how do I manage family, work and hobbies so well. 'How do you do it all Neelu?', is a recurring question. My friends think I've a full grasp on my life and I am perfect at handling it. But the truth is, I am not. Yes, the above tips help me keep things in check but I do not believe I can do it all. I cannot. It is the simplest truth. I am always making choices and when I choose one, I lose out another. For example, when I participate in a craft fair (that usually happens on Fridays), I miss time with my children. When I am at Talha's school for a Family Day, I miss important work meetings. I am constantly choosing. I am constantly losing out on something. But, as a working mother, I am okay with that. My work makes me happy and I want my children to have a happy mother. I want them to see me as some one who is ready to follow her dreams and work hard. For now, that's all that matters.