Are You Getting Enough ‘You’ Time? – by Eliut Morales


Summer is officially here. School’s out, water parks are open, grills are burning, but you’re stuck at work.

For busy parents, it’s not always easy to set aside responsibilities. While your kids are loving not having to wake up early for school, you have to make sure laundry is done, meals are ready, and the dishwasher empty. You may want to start a new hobby or work on your fitness goals, but home duties can often prevent you from doing that. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, which is why it’s important to give yourself a break every now and then.

Try some simple time-management tips to get the most out of your day!

Focus on one task at a time – Even if you think you’ve mastered multitasking, you may find that doing your daily tasks one at a time lets you finish it not only faster, but better.

Important tasks should come first – Throughout your day, make sure the most pressing errands are done first. The sooner the big tasks are done, the more time you have to complete other minor chores.

Don’t overload yourself – It’s ok to say no! Whether it’s at work or at home, if a task isn’t high on your list of priorities, don’t stress yourself out by constantly having it on your mind. As long as you leave time for all your tasks to be done, you’ll eventually clear your schedule.

To live a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to balance work and family time.

At the Community Center, we know how important it is to offer programs and activities for families with various schedules. Whether you’re a stay at home parent or work full-time, our MOSAIC is filled with programs that are sure to fit your schedule!

Our All Access Passport includes full access to a majority of programs, including all group exercise classes, social activities like Adult Board Game Night, and even Adult Mixed Martial Arts! If leaving your children at home is not an option, the All Access Passport also gives you full use of Kids Korner – a program designed for your children to have fun with other kids while you take classes you’ve signed up for.

We encourage you to stop by and see what new and exciting programs we have for you and your family this season!

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at

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