Can we have it all? That is the question challenging most women since the advent of women’s lib. Can you juggle career, significant other, children, a home, and be successful in every aspect of your life, or does excelling in one area mean another suffers?

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Can we really have it all?

The life of an entrepreneur is never boring. There are some really big plans for the Personal Chef Approach on the horizon. Translation: I’m juggling so many different projects at the moment my head is spinning while I do my best not to drop any balls. While infinitely exciting to me, most of them are business related which means they’re probably of zero interest to you. Ergo, it doesn’t leave me with much fodder in which to keep you entertained here on the blog.

I also find myself racing against time to get on top of the various projects before my daughter is arrives immanently. I feel so guilty when I can’t give her 100% of my attention, and the truth of the matter is, she deserves it. Sound familiar?

I wish I could say I have that magic answer to being everything to everyone at once, but it’s so hard when our focus is being pulled in so many different directions. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and that is stressful. Then I realized, my quandary is probably exactly what you face in your daily lives too, so it’s exactly what I should write about!

My stress-busting tips to increase productivity

My stress-busting tips to increase productivity

Here are a few stress-busting tricks for increased productivity:

1). Take time off: It increases productivity. I’m the most resistant to this one, but when I do finally unplug, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly all the creativity and energy come flooding back. I felt like superwoman on steroids after that short 5-day vacation! I accomplished more in the first week back, than I did the entire month before it. Incidentally, a trip to a museum or a nature walk with my dog work just as well – think of them as mini-vacations. Having the budget to visit exotic locales, while certainly nice, is not a prerequisite.

2). Connect: Make time for friends and family. I’m independent to a fault, and sometimes forget that humans are social creatures – we need contact with others, because it feeds our souls. I always find the company I keep tremendously inspirational.

Feed your soul - make time for friends and family

Feed your soul – make time for friends and family

3). Disconnect: I do emails and social media first thing in the morning, then try to switch it all off until the bulk of my work for the day is done to avoid going down a rabbit hole of distractions. I say” try” because the mother in me has a hard time with cutting off any means of communication with my daughter in case she needs to contact me in an emergency.

4). Breathe:  Sounds silly right? I giggle every time my trainer says it to me, but the truth of the matter is I do catch myself holding my breath (or shallow breathing) when I am stressed. It’s amazing how a few deep breaths, dragging that air deep into your lungs while you feel your diaphragm expand, then let it go completely, a few times in a row while centering your thought on your breathing can help you refocus your energy.

5). Do My PCA Cook Dates: I confess, I don’t always practice what I preach. Like you, I can come up with a million reasons why I don’t have time to spend a few hours cooking on the weekend. But I have even less time during the week, so I can’t really afford not to! Eating right is not only good for my health, waistline, and wallet – it helps me concentrate. I know the approach will save me up to 6-7 hours over cooking daily, so it’s the best way to ensure I have time to enjoy the things Tatjana and I like to do together while she is home. I can’t promise the Personal Chef Approach is the complete answer to having it all, but it can help you find more time for the people and responsibilities that matter most.

PCA stocked fridge

PCA stocked fridge

How much is your time worth? To afford yourself the luxury of time with the Personal Chef Approach – all you have to do is “Like” me on Facebook, then click on the TRY THE PCA app to try the menu plans, recipes, and support with your first month completely free! What stress-busting tips do you want to share with us in our quest to have it all? Please do comment below.

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