Are you tired of feeling that you can’t ever get anything done? And that they stuff that you do get done….like laundry…isn’t really fulfilling to you as a person?
Use these time management tips for moms that will help you be more productive with your time and allow you to work on accomplishing the things that mean the most to you.
I think a good deal of moms feel like they always have so much to do and, at the same time, can’t ever get anything done.
They can feel overwhelmed with all the household chores that have to be done, as well as with the 24-hour care of their children.
Anything that they would like to do for fun or to take care of themselves is put on the back burner because home and family are the priorities.
And because we spend so much time taking care of the mundane, but necessary tasks that go along with home and family, we can become burnt out and disillusioned with our lives, even though being a wife and mother was something that we dreamed about.
Finding more time for the things you love
When my kids were babies, I remember wondering to myself whether or not I would ever be able to read a book again, or be able to go out to dinner without having to cut up someone else’s food.
But thankfully, I learned that by taking control of my time, and letting go of the idea that I had to do accomplish something at a certain pace, that I could take care of my home and family AND be able to have time to spend doing things that bring me joy.
Here are 5 of the time management tips that have helped me the most:
Set some goals for yourself
First things first: you have to know what is important to you.
To be able to find time for the things you care about, you first have to decide what those things are.
Is keeping an empty laundry basket each day important to you, or do you feel like doing laundry once a week is just fine?
In terms of exercise, do you like to go to a yoga class with your girlfriends once a week, or is a walk around the park with the stroller once in a while good enough for you?
Make a list of all the things that you would like to do…no matter how impractical or impossible they seem right now.
Then decide which of those things really matter to you right now.
This year, I used PowerSheets by Cultivate What Matters to help guide me with the goals and habits I wanted to tackle in 2019.
The front section of the workbook really helps you zero in on what you really want to focus your attention on, and then helps you break all that down into baby steps so that you can work on them all year long.
I found that this little workbook…and the monthly Tending List…has acted as an accountability partner of sorts for me. Checking off each item as I complete it is very rewarding, and because I know that each goal that I’ve set is something that I truly care about (not just because someone else told me I should do it), I’m more likely to do them.
Make a daily and/or weekly schedule
Keeping track of your daily and weekly to-dos can help you to see where you spend your time and where you might have some free time for fun.
I track all my appointments, the kids’ activities and any due dates on a paper calendar. Daily, I write out what has to be done that day, so I can see what my day is going to be like.
I also have daily habits that I’ve been practicing for so long that they’ve become automatic.
For example, I wanted to get more reading done, and study the Bible daily. So I made a plan to read the Bible and other books first thing in the morning. I get up an hour earlier than my kids, make some coffee, and sit and read for about 45 minutes.
If I can get all my must-dos done earlier than I expected, I can then take a that time to read some more or watch some TV.
Use planning to help you save time
My professional organizer friend Lisa Woodruff always says that an hour of planning saves you multiple hours in execution.
I have found that to be the case!
One way I use this in my life is with meal planning. Taking 15 minutes to make up a plan for dinners for the week saves me SO much time…grocery shopping is faster and actually cooking dinner each night is quicker too.
You can plan out your kids’ outfits for the week or plan the order in which you are going to run your errands on a Saturday so that they get done faster.
Technology that can help you get more done
This tip is probably my favorite, because any time I can use the computer to order groceries that I don’t have to go out to get myself, is a good time 😉
Using online services like grocery delivery can save you so much time! They can also help save your sanity when you don’t want to take all the kids with you to the store.
See if your local grocery store offers online ordering so that you can order online and the pick them up later. Most of the time, you don’t even have to get out of your car!
Sign up for auto-delivery for the household products that you regularly use. I never run out of cleaning supplies because I have them delivered to me monthly through Grove Collaborative.
Don’t try to do it all
Lara Casey of Cultivate What Matters always says, “It’s OK to grow slow.”
It’s such a simple little sentence, but I feel like it really does give us permission to accomplish things at a slower rate than someone else might be able to.
I know that I’m probably not going to be able to write 3 books this year and create that course that I wanted to make because I need to devote most of my time to my family right now. Lara’s words help me to feel that that is OK.
Also, think about the standards that you are holding yourself to. Are they realistic?
Are you comparing yourself to the Instagram mom who seems to have the perfectly clean house, all organic meals and perfect hair and make-up?
Remember that we all have different strengths and different circumstances. You may have been up all night with a sick baby and didn’t have a chance to mop the floor, while another mom may be able to keep up her home pristine, but doesn’t do a good job at keeping up with the laundry.
Just do the best you can in the season you are in.
Love these productivity tips? Here’s more…
If you’d like to learn more about ways to be more productive, I have something to help It’s something created by people who understand that you’re looking for practical productivity solutions that will work in your world.
It’s called The Ultimate Productivity Bundle and it was created and curated by people with real life responsibilities just like you: they have families, work part- to full-time jobs or run businesses, don’t have personal assistants or the budget for hiring lots of extra help.
They want to help you (and themselves) conquer your to-do list, free up more time for yourself, and reach your goals.
When you buy the Ultimate Productivity Bundle you’ll get access to:
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I’ve already downloaded the S.O.S. printable planner from the bundle and enrolled in the Mastering the MomLife Juggle ecourse, and can’t wait to get started using those.
You can check out the Ultimate Productivity Bundle right here, and see all that’s included.
Here’s to a more productive life and loving our lives!