Busy moms everywhere know the stress of feeling you don’t have enough hours in the day. Here are 10 tips to help you to use your time more wisely and feel better about your productivity at the end of the day.
1 – THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM – Although it can be hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning when your children are still sound sleep, getting that extra head start on your day can make all of the difference. Revel in the early morning peace and quiet to get your day off on the right foot.
2 – HARNESS THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY– In today’s increasingly wired world, there are several apps on the market designed to save you both time and money. For example, grocery apps can take the hassle out of coupon clipping while banking apps can save you trips to the physical bank.
3 – MEAL PREP – Nobody wants to give up their weekends to meal prep, but spending just a few hours on Sunday to cook and freeze meals can ensure that your weeknight dinner routine goes off without a hitch. As a bonus, your “mom guilt” will be assuaged knowing that you’re providing your family with home-cooked and healthy meals.
4 – PRACTICE SELF-CARE – It can be easy to let your self-care slide to the backburner. However, taking time each day to devote to yourself will leave you more energized and productive, improving your overall quality of life. Remember to take care of the caregiver.
5 – USE SMALL TIME INCREMENTS WISELY – Rather than procrastinating on the small things, use those little time increments throughout the day to knock items off your to-do list. For example, a call to schedule a doctor appointment can be made in one minute while waiting for your child to get out of school.
6 – PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE – Taking a few extra minutes before bedtime to prepare for the day ahead can save both time and headaches in the morning. Packing school lunches, laying out clothes, and signing off on school papers are all useful tasks.
7 – TRACK TIME – Just like tracking your expenses for the month can give you a better handle on your budget, tracking your time can also help you to see where all your minutes are going so that you can better allocate your time.
8 – DELEGATE CHORES – Involving children in household chores serves two purposes. Not only will it teach them responsibility, but it will also help to alleviate some of your own personal burdens. It is truly a win-win situation for everyone!
9 – EMPLOY YOUR VILLAGE – Don’t neglect the power of your “village.” Leaning on friends and family to help with carpool duties and other child-rearing tasks can help in exponential ways.
10 – LEARN TO SAY NO – Even though you think that you can, you do not have to say yes to everything. Learning to say no can be a powerful tool that helps you to manage your schedule more effectively. Saying no is empowering and will leave you with more free time to spend on things that really matter to you.