Struggling to get things organized and seeking for some Time-Management Tricks?
Looking for inspiration and motivation on how to handle the hustle of Mom Life?
Searching for ways to balance Motherhood and how to find time for yourself?
Need not to worry!
Our Guest Blogger, Paige, of paigebainbridge.com has some great tips and tricks to help us manage time effectively!
I never thought about some of these time-management tips and I’m so happy that she is here with us to share it with other moms. How did in the world did I not know about these?
Here are: The 7 Best Time-Management Tricks for Busy Moms
You tell your kids for the fourth time to hurry to the car.
As you lock the door, little Susie says she forgot her homework.
A little coffee splashes on you as you wrestle the keys around to unlock the door again.
Susie emerges, homework in hand, and you’re all ready for the morning commute.
Once you arrive at the school building, Taylor reminds you he has soccer practice after school today. “Where’s your soccer stuff?” you ask him.
His gaze sweeps all around the back seat and he says, “Oh, I think I left my string bag in my room. Can you drop it off to the school office?”
I don’t know if you’ve ever had a morning like this one, but I have. And while time-management and organization aren’t the same thing, they do go hand in hand.
If you’re not organized, you will waste a lot of time spinning your wheels and retracing your steps.
So here are some tricks for busy moms to help with time management.
1.Prepare the night before
My mom was big on this when I was in school – I always had to pack my school bag, lay out my clothes for the next day, and pack lunch for the next day before bedtime.
I usually try to adhere to this guideline and have tried to instill this trait in my boys.
Sometimes we all fall short, but the mornings where we’ve prepared ahead of time are so much smoother. And by being organized for the day, it allows the busy mom a few quiet moments in the morning instead of frantically running around getting the kids to get their stuff together.
You can have a chance to read, to check and answer email, do some morning exercise, or simply have a quiet meditation. Imagine that! A few minutes to yourself!
2. Try the Pomodoro Technique
Sometimes the enormity of a task makes it so that we don’t want to start. Or we feel that we need a lot more time to do it than we have, so we don’t get around to it.
Maybe you need to organize your junk drawer or your closet. Or your kids need to do a major room clean-out.
Perhaps you need to read through and answer emails on a work or volunteer project, and your child needs to start working on his/her book report.
Try the Pomodoro Technique (named for the Italian who invented it): Take your project and slice it up into timed segments.
I like doing 20 or 25 minutes and then allow yourself a break, whether that’s just 5, 10, or 15 minutes.
If you don’t have a lot of time, maybe you can only do one timed segment of 20 minutes.
If you have more time, divide it up into a few work segments and allow yourself the breaks.
You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time knowing you only have an allotted amount before the timer dings.
This technique works wonders for kids too.
3. Use Calendars of all kinds
I have a giant wall calendar in the hallway that has family stuff on it (when someone is going out of town, a big sporting event, etc).
One of my friends with a 3-year-old and one on the way said that using the “reminders” feature on her phone calendar is a life-saver.
Whatever type of alarm reminders you need, make sure to set them. And set aside a time each week (maybe Monday morning, maybe Sunday night) to look at the week ahead so you can be organized for any upcoming events, doctor appointments, or projects.
When you do that weekly review, also look over your month and scan what’s on the horizon in the next few weeks.
If there are any big things coming up that you need to start working on, add those tasks to your calendar for this week.
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4. Make yourself a priority
The simplicity of this rule doesn’t negate its importance.
How often do we procrastinate doing the tasks that seem too boring or time-consuming to want to get started?
When you look at your day, it may seem tempting to start your morning off with a task that’s easier/gentler/more fun to perform.
But by tackling what’s the most important, or even the “yuckiest” one on your list will pay off in spades.
If for some reason you don’t get around to ticking everything off your list, at least you will have tackled the harder or important stuff first.
5. Utilize Apps and Services
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Even using this service once per month might help eliminate a grocery run during a particularly busy time for you.
Other services to consider are dry cleaning pick-up/delivery and home gas service for your cars.
6. Be wary of multi-tasking
In theory, the idea of multi-tasking seems like a great way to manage your time as you’re getting things done with peak efficiency.
If you can multi-task, that’s great and I applaud you for keeping some laundry always going while you’re home playing with your toddler or working on your laptop.
Just make sure you are focused on the task at hand.
I’ve learned the hard way that when I’m cooking dinner, I need to focus on that instead of try to do a few other things too.
Yes, I’ve burned a pot of beans and the fire department came. And let me say that to get the smoke smell out of your house, you spend a lot of time that could be used more effectively if you hadn’t made the error in the first place (in the end, Bounce dryer sheets in the vents work the best).
7. Give yourself a break
The idea being careful about too much multi-tasking is a good segue into the last tip: give yourself a break.
As my friend with a young son says, don’t be too hard on yourself or too set on your to do list. It will get done.
Mamas are pulled in so many directions all the time.
It’s okay to save something for the next day and take time for yourself.
Make sure in all the time managing you’re doing, that you’re carving out a piece of time for yourself each week, and even a little bit every day.
That’s the time you can re-charge your batteries to be the best busy mom you can be.
About the Author:
Paige Bainbridge is a blogger, wife, mom, Pilates Instructor, and a Community Volunteer in Nashville, TN. After years working on writing songs, she’s happy to have the freedom to write as many words as she chooses without having to rhyme them or fit them to music.
Paige’s blog is a mix of personal essays and interviews with inspiring people. You can follow her here: paigebainbridge.com.
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