My wife is a stay-at-home mom. In other words, she has no career outside of our home. Her work, day in and day out, revolves around our family, our home, our neighborhood, and the people that cross her paths in those avenues. Some may say that must be the best job ever. She would agree, but not for the reasons you may think. Being a stay-at-home mom is difficult…and it requires longer hours than many recognize.
A semi-recent study shows that stay-at-home moms work an average of 2.5 full-time jobs. That is almost 100 hours of work each week. A week only has 168 hours in it. So if you subtract an average of 8 hours of sleep per night, a stay-at-home mom is left with merely 12 hours a week for anything other than “work” and sleep. In talking with my wife she feels the exhausting of working those hours every day, but there is one way in which she feels the “long hours” even more…decision making.
Research has estimated the average person makes more than 35,000 decisions every day. I’m pretty sure my wife makes way more than that, seeing that she is asked between 300-1000 questions each day. No wonder she never knows where she wants to go for dinner when we go on our dates. Maybe you can relate. Decisions seem to be getting more and more difficult to make and there seem to be more and more of them with each passing day. So what are we to do? Michael Hyatt shares “4 Strategies for Combating Decision Fatigue“.
I found each of the 4 strategies helpful. Which one did you appreciate most? Which one do you struggle with the most? For me, I still struggle with #4. I’d love to hear how you implement any or all of these strategies and how that is going. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!
Until Next Time…