The life of a mom is hectic, isn’t it? Balancing work, family, and the crazy list of things that need to be done at home can seem nearly impossible. But we are super moms, and somehow we’re doing it! To help you stay calm and collected I’ve compiled a list of time saving tips for your busy mommy lifestyle.
Weekly Planning Sessions
Set aside a little sliver of time to plan out the whole week. It may seem overwhelming at first, but sitting down and thinking objectively about the week will make everything less daunting: get all of it out so you don’t have to think about it. The human mind can only hang on to so many things, so by writing it down, you’ll end up feeling less overwhelmed and be able to focus on one thing at a time. I do this by using a planner and making a chore chart for myself. I also make a chore jar for the kids to help me keep everything running smoothly.
Develop a Routine that Works for You
Good habits are not only the foundation for good time management, but they also ensure that everything runs much more smoothly. You know you best, so keep realistic expectations for yourself and think of how you would want your entire day to run. When will the dishes be taken out of the dishwasher? When is last call for the washing machine? You have the power to decide. It may take a little troubleshooting, but coming up with a general game plan for the day or for the week gives you less to stress about.
Maintain Healthy Habits
When the world is spinning too fast, it may seem inconceivable to be healthy when there is so much to be done. It may seem easier to pull into the drive-thru than to make dinner or hit “snooze” instead of going on a run. In a similar way to what you’re told when you get on a plane—“put the mask on yourself first”—making sure that you are in the best place possible physically, mentally, and emotionally will not only make you a better person, but a better mom.
Set Your Limits Ahead of Time
Be realistic. There are only twenty-four hours in a day, and that won’t change anytime soon. Acknowledge modern physics and set realistic goals for yourself. Otherwise, brownies will burn and your kids might have two different shoes on their feet. Something has to give, and it should not be your sanity. Love yourself by learning how to say “no” and prevent heartbreaks or hurt feelings by saying “no” to the fifth baseball league your son wants to join or the sixth art class that your daughter is begging you to sign up for. Set your limits so that your family can learn how to set theirs.
Establish an Emergency Buddy System
Before junior breaks his arm while you’re at a dental appointment, ask a babysitter and a friend or relative to be emergency contacts when life is pulling you in different directions. Call them when you can’t respond as quickly as the front office at your child’s school would like you to, and agree to trade favors if either of you needs help. This has been a saving grace for me many times!
Delegate and Outsource
Sometimes you alone can’t check everything off your list. Look at your to-do list and think about what could be delegated. Ask your husband to help with homework duties. Ask a friend to watch your kids for an afternoon, and you’ll return the favor. The world won’t fall apart if you don’t personally do all of the things on your to-do list. It just matters that they get done.
Take a look at your finances and outsource. Can’t make your kids’ school Halloween party? Too much going on to make your friend’s birthday dinner? Order items for these events online ahead of time conveniently through your smartphone. I have been making a habit of sending chocolate covered strawberries to friends when I don’t have time to shop because it takes 5 minutes, and the gift is as impressive as anything I can find at the mall.
Make Time For Yourself
Sometimes when the world is spinning, you NEED to take some time for yourself. Don’t worry, your to-do list will still be there when you’re done, but sometimes in order to be the most productive, a step back to recharge and rejuvenate is necessary. Find peace of mind in a yoga class. Join a kickboxing group. Sit down with a book at a park or a coffee shop and relax. Burnout is the number one cause for a lack of productivity. You’ll end up not only saving your sanity, but also saving time.
There you have it: a helpful list of ways to keep your sanity while still being super mom. I hope you found them useful in tackling the toughest job out there!