Have you heard the one about...

the person who had so much to do and so little time?

It’s not a joke when we are so bogged down with things to do and then we hit a ‘crisis’. Have you ever noticed how the traffic is worse on a day when you are rushing to get somewhere?! Yes, it all boils down to perception, and I was reminded today that we have to have a degree of humour when we are rushing round our busy lives.

I wanted to make a call and went to the phone, but the cordless handset was missing. After a fruitless minute searching I dialled the number from my mobile and I found it! My one year old son had put the telephone handset in the newspaper recycling bin that was due to be taken away tomorrow! Then I found my keys outside the cat flap and my purse in the fridge.

I had a meeting and needed a top to go with my skirt. The one I wanted was in the wash and the second choice had been accidentally put into the dryer and had shrunk!

We were rushing to get breakfast and get out of the house to reach school on time and my six year old daughter told me that she doesn’t want to eat bacon again (even though she usually loves it) because it comes from pigs, and pigs are dirty.

A call from a client came in after I had collected the children and I’d only usually deal with client calls when I have the space to concentrate. However I had to take this call so my client was treated to the sound of the kids wrestling and howling in the background!

My daughter has just come down from bed for the third time (it was bed time half an hour ago). This time it was to get a banana but the first one my husband gave her wasn’t good enough, she wanted the one with the sticker on!

Little things, all of them. But we have to remain calm and smiling and breeze through them to have a chance of getting anything done. If we allow one little hiccup to ruin our day we won’t accomplish what we have to achieve that day. One way I’ve learned to stay focused and in a good mood is to blast a song out of my iPod. It’s amazing how music can alter your mood so quickly and an upbeat track can make you start wiggling your hips and singing like Mariah! Keep your MP3 player loaded with great, catchy tunes and carry this around. It’s a fab way to alter your frame of mind or enhance your mood before an important meeting.

I have one of those iPods that plays movies as well, and I have found it an absolute Godsend to have in my bag if I’m somewhere with the children and there is a wait involved. Say we are at the dentist and we’re in the waiting room and the kids are bored, or at the train station or on a long car journey. There are only so many times you can play “I-Spy”. When I realised I could buy TV Shows from the iTunes store I was delighted. I downloaded an episode of the ‘Mickey House Clubhouse’ onto the iPod for my toddler. I got ‘Hannah Montana’ for my 6 year old and Lipstick Jungle for me! To be able to hand over the iPod with a TV show on it keeps the tired and bored tantrums at bay. I get to watch Lipstick Jungle when I havetime to kill at an airport, waiting for a meeting or just when I need an injection of glamour in my day!

If you want to pick up tips on managing a busy life, just ask any working mum!

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