As moms, we are expected to juggle everything and maintain sanity while doing it, so here are some time management tips for busy moms. When you’re running a household and also working a full-time job however, things can get a little chaotic. This chaos can cause stress and the overwhelming feeling that things will never get done.
If you can find a way to stay organized, you can get ahead and really run the show with confidence. There are a few tips and tricks when it comes to time management for moms. They can help you maintain your household and your sanity.
Tips for Working Moms to Save Time
Here are eight tips for working moms to save time in their insanely busy lives.
To avoid the chaos that can commence in the morning, have a routine set for your children and
for yourself. There will be trial and error in this, and the kiddos may even fight against it at first.
But a good routine provides structure and organization and allows everything to get done before
you head off to work.
Examples of setting a routine are as follows:
- Have an alarm clock set in every kid’s room.
- Set a bathroom schedule so that everyone gets an ample amount of time to get ready.
- Have breakfast ready. This could mean that you get up ahead to prepare breakfast for
everyone or that bowls, spoons, and cereal are already set out on the table.
- Have all kids get their school stuff ready the night before and have them set their
backpacks by the door the night before so they just have to grab them on the way out
- For kids that are old enough to pack their lunches, have them do so.
- Pack lunches the night before so they can just be grabbed on the way out.
As a working mom, you are responsible for planning so many things. It is impossible to try to remember
all of it. A great tip for working moms to save time is to utilize a planner. Having a planner to
write things down or using your calendar and reminder apps on your phone helps you free up
your brain and makes sure everything that needs to get done gets done.
The reminder feature on your mobile phone lets you set an alarm a week ahead, a day ahead or
even an hour before the event is scheduled or thing needs to be done. This is a solid, working
Grocery shopping takes time, and by the time you have gotten off work, picked up the kids, taken them to dance or sports, the last thing you want to do is go to the store.
Many options are out there now that allow you to do your shopping online. Most grocery stores
have an app where you can add items to your “shopping cart”, pay for everything and then
select a time to pick them up. All you have to do is pull up at the selected time, sit back and let the
grocery store employee load up your car with your food. (Or feel obligated to help, like I do.)
There are also places that will deliver your groceries to your door. These options save you time
which then allows you to work on other things that need to be taken care of.
In this day and age, paying bills has become pretty simplified and convenient. Many bills can be
paid through an app, bill pay, or automatic withdrawal from your account. The apps and bill pay
can send you reminders to let you know you have a payment coming out and you can also set
yourself reminders so that you don’t find yourself behind on any of your payments.
All these options give you the ability to multi-task and make your payments when you’re on the
go. They will take up the least amount of your time and you don’t have to worry about mailing
Meals are always a struggle of balance when it comes to being a busy working mom, and meal-prep seems like just another task you’re adding to your never-ending to do list. You want
your family to eat healthily, but sometimes, dinner has to be a quick bite due to a late night at
work, a dance recital or a football game.
Planning and preparing meals ahead is key to ensuring your family stays on track with healthy
eating and also keeps you from ordering out which in the long run saves money.
A good meal-prep technique is to pick a day off in your week and dedicate it to making meals.
You can prepare several meal options during this time and separate and freeze into pre-packed
dinners. In this way, your kids can grab a quick bite as needed, or you can simply throw a frozen
casserole into the oven and have it ready.
Crockpots and Instapots are life savers. Crockpots allow you to prepare an entire meal for
your family while opening up time for you to other things. You can throw a meal in a crockpot in
the morning before you go to work and have it be ready by dinner time. Clean up is quick and
Instapots are becoming a hot commodity simply because it does what a crockpot does only in
a fraction of the time. You can have a roast, vegetables, and rice prepared for your family in as
little as twenty minutes.
With a busy schedule, it is easy for the house to fall to the wayside when it comes to cleaning. A
messy house can make things feel even more chaotic and overwhelming when your schedule is
already jam-packed. There are little things you can do however, to prevent your house from
looking like a tornado went through it.
- Take a little time each morning or evening to pick up anything that is adding clutter.
- Have your kids pick up clothes and make sure they’re in a hamper or laundry room.
- Have them put toothbrushes and toothpaste away instead of leaving it on the bathroom
- Have them load the dishwasher or wash and dry the dishes so the kitchen is clean for
the following day.
- Another thing you can do is pick one thing for each person in the house to clean each day.
These things should take no more than ten minutes but can make the deep cleaning days go
smoother. One person can vacuum or mop while another wipes down counter-space.
7. The Laundry Mountain
Laundry piles up, and then piles up some more. You feel like you will never be able to see your
way to the other side of the laundry mountain. Doing one load of laundry a day will allow you to
stay on top of your laundry and also make it seem more manageable and less overwhelming.
Also having the kids fold their own clothes and put them away is a great way to free up some
time to get other things done.
If you REALLY want to overhaul your laundry routine, watch my video titled “5 LIFE CHANGING LAUNDRY HACKS 2019 | LAUNDRY ROUTINE, TIPS AND TRICKS FOR LARGE FAMILIES”
I know, you’re probably laughing at this, but balance is important and is possible. By finding your
rhythm, you will find the balance you need to get everything done and be effective at it too. By
finding balance, you allow yourself some “you time” and this is absolutely necessary and
fundamental to your well being. It will help you be more effective as a mom, employee, and coworker.
Time management for home is possible – you have to believe it first!
Implementing These Time Management Tips for Busy Moms Are Worth It!
Making these changes may seem overwhelming. But over time, you will see that the changes
you have implemented have made things go smoother. If your kids are older and can handle the
responsibility of chores, the teamwork dynamic you have with your family will allow everything to
function on a much more efficient level for everyone involved.
Experiment with your options and see which time management tips for busy moms works best for you and your family. Time management for moms is a lot more challenging than we realize at times. Remember to give yourself a little grace and try not to get too frustrated. You’re doing a good job!
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