Updated: Feb 24
Time management is important in every aspect of our lives. As moms, we are always in need of balance with everything that we have to get accomplished on an average day. We can at times feel overwhelmed when we are not able to meet the demands of time and feel like we have not accomplished anything. So here are a few tips that you can use to manage your time more effectively without feeling overwhelmed! What has your experience been? Please feel free to ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I would be happy to help you!
I am not here to teach new tricks or time management skills. My goal is to help you find new free time instead of the opposite of working to maximize your time.
“Identify distractions in your life that are taking valuable time that could be spent on much more productive or important things."
What are the distractions in your life that really should not be there whether it's, for example, spending a large amount of unproductive time on social media? Not that you cannot relax or engage in social media or binging on television, but does it take up the majority of your time to the point that you ask afterward, "I am so behind on XYZ". Think again and try to time yourself when engaging in distracting moments.
2. Have a set morning routine
Let's face it, some are morning persons, while others (majority) are not. Define which you are and set a standard. Mornings are important because it defines how early you awake to get the day started or how long you snooze the clock to go back to sleep. Either or, be proactive in defining a scheduled time to wake up. A tip is to set your alarm time 30 minutes earlier than normal. Put your alarm clock far away from arm's length to prevent the tendency of snoozing. Once out of bed, stay out of bed. Do not in any way return. After you have gotten everything done for the morning, you will realize hey I have 30 minutes extra to for example prepare a good breakfast.
3. Planners/Post-it Notes
These are ideal for jotting down reminders, lists of things to be done, tasks, etc. Planners offer a great way to keep organized as busy moms. The more organized you become, the better it is for you to manage your time well. There are different planners available for meal preparation (FREE Mommy Inspired Meal Planner), home organization, financial planning (Mommy Inspired Financial Planner), etc (Click on the links for access to planners available on our website). For Post-it Notes, get different colors so that you can personalize them to specific activities, for instance, blue for work/business related, red for grocery/shopping, etc. Have a few stacks around as well so that you can have reminders readily available to get your day going.
4. Tackle tough tasks first thing in the morning
So often, we tend to randomly just tackle any projects we can lay our hands-on throughout the day, but quite frankly, we end up not getting anything accomplished. The goal of maximizing our time throughout the day is to tackle the tough task first thing in the morning. The reason why is because our morning time is when we are the most alert. After having breakfast, there is a peak in your energy levels that prepares you for the day ahead, so get started on those tough tasks first. You will thank me later if you have not fallen asleep on a major project you had to do that was due the next day, but you did it in the evening right before bed hmm...
5. Make your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner
You make think that this is impossible, I don't have enough time on my hands to make meals, etc. Point of correction, you do have the time. Have you seen the long car lines in the fast-food drive-through in the mornings for example? Can you imagine how long it will take you to grab breakfast? Why not then utilize the same time in the mornings and fix your own meals? Or for some, pack or prepare the meals the night before and be ready to grab them to go before you head through the door in the mornings? There are so many easy or convenient meals available that are so simple to prepare and hey for the budget-friendly moms will definitely save you a lot of money. But the key here is that you are cutting back on the time you take to go to restaurants etc. throughout the day. You could be reading a book at lunch instead. Get our