Do you struggle with time management? Did you know there is enough time in the day to do everything we need to? My Pastor once said so and it has since stuck with me. In this post I am going to share 9 Tips on Time Management for moms.
As a working mom, I often find that there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. At least that was until I stopped everything and started planning my days out.
There was a time that I didn’t write anything down and I would randomly remember I had to be somewhere like an hour ago. True story. This happened a lot. And you can’t blame your memory either or the fact that we are getting old.
When we overload our Brains with a TO DO LIST it is only natural that some things will get pushed to the bottom of the list.
Usually things that are A. most important or B. things we just really don’t want to do but need to.
This is why I started keeping a TO DO LIST of only the most important things in my phone. I do the same for my bills each month and I mark each off as it gets completed or paid. This technique alone has taken away so much stress that I used to deal with.
A planner works the same way. And honestly I have both. My planner is mostly used for my Blogging World Must Do’s. Did you know when you write your goals down you are more likely to reach them? It’s true.
Therefore I use my phone for my bills reminder checklist and my planner for my Blog. If I have doctor appointments I simply put them in my reminders on my phone.
Another tip for remembering appointments is to sign up for email reminders. My dentist and my sons orthodontist email me a few days before the appointment and the morning of. This too has lessened the stress forgetting appointments and having to pay a fee.
Time Management At Home
There are so many things you can do to control time management at home. Whether you are a working mamma like myself or a stay at home mom there is always a solution.
As a mom who works both outside of the house and at home I have found that when I plan my week each Saturday or Sunday, the week almost always goes as planned.
I fill in Time Slots in my Planner with Blogging Must Do’s and I give myself a specific time to complete each task. I schedule these Must Do’s during times when I know I will be home.
My son gets off the bus at 4 and he will most likely have homework, ugh. Homework is such a bad word in my house. Therefore, I know to stop working from home by this time.
It usually takes us a half an hour to an hour to finish his homework. Done or not I start dinner at 5 unless it is something that takes a while then I will start it at 4 while helping my son, if needed, with his homework.
After dinner I do my best to clean up right after everyone is done. Dirty dishes in the sink drives me crazy!
However, I have nights like last night, where I just rinsed them off and leave them in the sink for this morning since I knew I would be home today. I don’t do this very often but we all have those days where we just don’t feel like unloading the dishwasher to load it again.
Laundry gets done twice a week and unfortunately it gets done on my days off. Doing the laundry doesn’t bother me it’s the part where I actually have to put them away that I hate. I tend to procrastinate in that area a lot.
Literally we plan everything out. Even sex with my adoring husband has to sometimes be planned.
Life can get crazy and it can get away from us if we allow it. Make sure you are making time for the important things in your life. Yes! Even sex with your husband (or wife if your a husband reading this).
9 tips on time management for moms
Below are some strategies and tips on time management for moms.
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a. General Time Management
Make a plan for each day and be flexible. Things can change at anytime. This is something we have to expect and be okay with. General time management alone can save you a ton of time.
Personally I used to hate change. And I still do at times but with practice I have learned to be flexible and let go of things I cannot control.
b. Managing Time with Your Children
Learn to distinguish between attention seeking and needing help. Raising a child with adhd who also has tics and anxiety on top of that, can be exhausting at times.
However, learning to distinguish when he is seeking attention and really needs help has allowed me to actually spend time with him.
Used to we would end up in unnecessary arguments that would lead to us being late for the bus or some other appointment. Managing time with your children will help you not to feel so guilty.
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c. Making Time for Your Partner
Making time for your partner doesn’t have to be difficult. Each day at work, e-mail, phone, or text your partner.
My husband and I are constantly communicating through text during the day. And sometimes phone calls.
Of course both our jobs allow this. If your job doesn’t allow this then a simple text, call, or email during a lunch break can make a world of difference.
Some couples probably think of their work day as an escape. I used to call it my escape from my kids.
Although I still feel this way sometimes I have found that texting my husband throughout the day really helps our relationship. After all communication is key!
d. Making Time to Take Part in Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities
Utilize time normally spent waiting at your kids’ events. My son has swim lessons every Tuesday night and we normally go swimming once or twice a week.
Making time to take part in your kids’ extracurricular activities can strengthen your relationship with your children. For me and my son we talk about things when we swim together.
Things that he would probably not talk about any other time. This also shows your children that you are interested in their interests.
e. Getting Out of the House on Time in the Mornings
- Getting Yourself Ready for Work – Have an area in your closet just for work clothes. Organize clothes by type and color. This has worked great for me!
Although I wear a uniform for work I found that by simply separating my uniforms from my everyday clothes makes it so much easier to find in the mornings.
- Helping Your Family Prepare for Their Day – every night before bed I set out my sons clothes for the next day. I always make sure I layout an outfit, clean socks, and clean boxers. Another tip is to find their shoes and set somewhere close.
My son who has adhd sometimes takes longer than the normal 10 year old to get ready. Therefore we have found that leaving his toothbrush on the kitchen sink allows for easy quick brush on his way out the door.
f. Managing Meal Planning
- Using a Meal List – this can help many ways like saving time from having to run back to the store for one ingredient. We live in a rural area and one thing I hate most is forgetting something that I went to the store to get.
By managing meal planning you will save a ton of time not only on trips to the store but also trying to figure out what to cook for supper (dinner for those who call it dinner).
- Meal Preparation – I would be lying to you if I said we do meal preparation. Truth is this is still an area where I am growing. For one I hate cooking. I don’t know why I just do. I always find easy to cook recipes which also saves a lot of time. However, we do sometimes cook extra so that we have left overs for another night.
You could double your recipe for tonight and freeze half for a future dinner. This works great for us. But we love leftovers too. Somethings just taste better a day or so later; spaghetti is our favorite left over.
- Daily cleaning and organizing – Give each child a basket or box to do a walk-through and pick up their own items.
If you don’t know me personally my household is almost always clean! I have always been a clean person thanks to my mom. However, I love to throw things away!
I don’t care if it is a toy I spent a ton of money on, which I will probably never do, I will throw it away anyway.
Picking up after children, teenagers, grown children, and even my husband is not my job and it isn’t your either.
When I started throwing things away my kids quickly learned to keep their belongings in their room.
A pet peeve of mine is no shoes in the living room. Yet every single time my step daughter comes to visit she puts her shoes under the coffee table.
This drives me crazy! And honestly I feel like she has been here enough times that she knows our rules.
So last weekend I told her…. “I will throw your shoes away and then I will call your mom and tell why I threw them away.” Of course she quickly grabbed them and put them in the bedroom.
- Divide and spread larger house-keeping tasks over time – an example of this is my laundry task. I hate doing laundry! Well actually I hate putting it away.
Sometimes our clean laundry sits in the dryer for a day or two. Most times I just forget it’s there. One thing that has helped though is doing specific household tasks on specific days. Like laundry on Tuesday and Thursday. Dusting, vacuuming, and mopping on Friday.
h. Capturing “God” and “Me” Time
Capturing “God and “me” time is extremely important. You can do this by getting up 30 minutes earlier to do what you love before anyone wakes up.
For example, this Blog is super important to me and I love to write posts but have found that if I don’t write first thing I end up pushing it off.
And the same goes for God. Every morning I wake up and tell God “GOOD MORNING!” and then I thank Him for protecting us through the night. ( I have a huge fear of home invasion )
There have been weeks when I didn’t meet my goals because I was putting off capturing “God” and “Me” time. Just as there has been times I didn’t read my Bible for an entire month!
This morning I woke up at 4:30 and instead of laying in bed or going back to sleep I got up let the puppy dogs out, made some coffee, sat down at my desk and read my Bible. I then started writing this very post.
i. Unwind, Rest and Sleep
Way too often we don’t unwind, rest and sleep. The devil will easily keep us up at night by worrying. Worrying about things we probably can’t even control.
However, if you take the time to compliment your efforts of the day and thank God you will fall asleep so much easier. I often fall asleep praying.
Some might say that falling asleep praying is not good. And this may be true. However, I feel that it really depends on your relationship with God.
For example, I talk to God all through the day. I don’t wait until bedtime to pray. I hope these tips on time management for moms helped you.