Time Management For Busy Moms

Time is scarce for everyone, but even more for busy moms. From work to kids and the home, how does she make it all fit?

1. Multi-tasking

It’s like getting twice as much done in one day! Try making yourself a to-do list and getting as much done as you can. If you have to organize the kid’s closets, do one room at a time. Get it done and cross it off of your list. It will leave you with less of a mess and you will feel better getting things completed. One hint, call out your kid’s spelling words for them to spell while you are doing your chores or projects at home.

2. Say no

Say ‘no’ more often. Yes, it can be hard to do, but it is a huge time saver. The problem is that we are so busy being afraid to disappoint someone (I am included in this!) that we end up disappointing our self or our families by not having enough time to do what really matters, like spending time with those we love.

3. Cook once, eat twice

On those days when I have something to do (practice for the kids or work that will take a little longer), I pull out one of my frozen meals. I always cook enough for two meals and keep one for later. Meatballs are the perfect example. I can just throw some noodles into water and in 20 minutes I have pasta and meatballs. It is so much easier than trying to cook seven nights a week.

4. Use a timer

When I have a lot to do, I set a timer. I will spend 30 minutes on e-mails, 30 minutes checking Facebook and 30 minutes cleaning the living room. For each of these tasks, I set a timer. If I don’t get it done in those thirty minutes, I will handle it tomorrow.
A timer works great for kids, too! “How fast can we clean up the kitchen after dinner? Lets set the timer and see if we can get it all done in ten minutes!”

5. Divide and conquer

You aren’t Supermom, so don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask each child to do a task for you: set the table or get everyone’s drinks ready. Ask your spouse to help you get the kids ready for bed – one person gives them a bath while the other gets their pajamas on.

6. Stay off of social media

Social media is the killer of all time. If you logon to see what is happening, you will look up and realize that 30 minutes has flown by. Wait to get on social media until everything is done, maybe for 30 minutes at the end of the day (be sure to set your timer, or you will risk giving up sleep for the sake of social media.)

7. Wake up early

It is important to have a schedule. Waking up early can make your day so much more productive if you have a routine and a schedule for it.

8. Think ahead

Try to find ways to prepare for things before it happens. If you know you have a busy night ahead, can you make dinner before the kids wake up or prepare a casserole?

9. Put it back

A place for everything and everything in its place. If you are busy looking for things, you are just wasting your time. If you put that paper on the counter instead of in the file, you are probably going to lose it. Keep sports equipment together and put it back as soon as you’re finished with it. Return shoes to your closet so you know just where to find them and so on.

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