Welcome to the chaotic yet rewarding world of motherhood! Balancing the demands of family, work, and personal life can be overwhelming, but fret not – this guide is your front row ticket, I would say more like a VIP ticket, to mastering the art of effective time management. Let’s dive into some strategies that have helped me along my way! This is for us busy moms, ensuring you reclaim control of your schedule without sacrificing precious moments with your little ones.
Prioritize Your Priorities:
In the whirlwind of daily tasks, identify your top priorities. Whether it’s quality time with the kids, work commitments, or self-care, understanding your non-negotiables is the first step to effective time management.
For example my priority is always being available for my kids. I’m a social media manager for small businesses, in with each client I make sure they know theyre business is my priority, but my kids are too. I specify the days and times I’m available that won’t interfere with me being there for my kids.
Create a Family Calendar:
Streamline everyone’s schedules by creating a centralized family calendar. Include school events, work deadlines, and personal appointments. Utilize digital tools or old-fashioned planners – whatever works best for your family.
I got a family calendar this year and LOVE it! Granted, we had a family calendar already which is easily accessible on the iphone, but no one checks that! This is the one I have https://amzn.to/3SzKFIs and everyone check it. Everybody has a color that’s theirs; pink is my daughter, my son is green, family events are blue etc.
Embrace the Power of Routines:
They say routines are KEY! I would agree, but my 11-year-old and 7-year-old still don’t give a crap! Wake up, make your bed, brush your teeth, clean the sink. You would think after 11 and 7 years of tehir life this wouldn’t be a surprise, oh, but it is.
However, for some routines can provide structure and predictability. From morning rituals to bedtime routines, having a consistent schedule is said to help manage expectations and minimizes daily chaos. (BOOMBASTIC SIDE EYE)
Learn the Art of Saying ‘No’:
Supermom syndrome is real, but it’s crucial to recognize your limits. Politely (or bluntly, which is my style) decline non-essential commitments that may overwhelm your schedule. Thankfully, I never had an issue saying no. You can’t make me or force me and that’s that. Period. Or as the young kids says, PERODTTTT.
Delegate and Share Responsibilities:
Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks to family members. Whether it’s household chores or picking up the kids, sharing responsibilities lightens your load and fosters a sense of teamwork. Something I’m very keen on teaching and showing my kids.
This is where chores are great! My daughter loves to call herself Cinderella and my son loves to say I do nothing because he does it all! Other great examples are helping bring bags up from the car. Or helping your little brother with his math homework that your two grown parents have no clue about…
Regularly Evaluate and Adjust:
Life is dynamic, and so should be your time management strategy. Regularly evaluate what’s working and what needs adjustment. Flexibility is key to maintaining balance in the ever-changing landscape of motherhood.
Baseball life has taught us that life is very much about living on the edge! What am I doing this weekend? Probably baseball. What time you ask? No idea! Why are you canceling? Oh, just a short notice baseball game. Thanks to baseball, my level of anxiety has also adjusted.
I hope to God that with these tips, you’re well on your way to reclaiming control over your schedule. Remember, effective time management is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the process, and enjoy the newfound balance in
hell your busy mom life!