Time Management as a Mom
I recently wrote a blog post titled “Dealing with Mom Guilt” and one titled “the Pressure to be Perfect”. The guilt moms feel about being perfect, juggling everything, and doing it all is something that really resonates with me.
I was sitting down thinking of what I wanted to write for this blog post and the idea hit me because it was something I was struggling with while brainstorming ideas: time management.
Every parent has a lot on their plate. As I am writing this I am trying to figure out whether I should be cleaning up the plates from breakfast, straightening up the living room and playroom, doing laundry, or just relaxing.
I am a stay-at-home mom but I juggle raising a toddler, nannying, taking an online course, writing my blog, spending time with my husband, trying to keep up with friends and family, fitting it a workout, errands, appointments, housework, and the list goes on and on.
It doesn’t matter if you work or not; as a parent your to-do list is always going to be a mile long. So I compiled a list of ways I manage my time to help other parents out there who need a little inspiration!
In no way am I an expert. Most days I don’t get to complete much because I am too busy being a mom to do much else. But I am hoping these tips can help someone out there who struggles with the same things I do.
My bullet journal is my best friend.
I write everything in it: habits, daily plans, goals, calendars, shopping lists, and just anything that comes to mind. I use it to remind myself what needs to get done and that way I am able to tell what is urgent and what can wait.
Not only is my bullet journal a good way to organize my life, but it is also something I love to do for me time. I have so much fun writing in my bullet journal so it is definitely a win-win!
I make a tenative plan for the day.
I typically plan out my day in the morning and I write down what has to be done, and what I should get done if I get the time for it. Then I map out my day making sure I add time for me and Izzy to play uninterrupted, to get something done for either my course or blog, to get housework done, and to get some me time.
I make my to-do list for the day and when I complete something from the list I check the box next to it.
My day usually never goes according to plan, and I never accomplish everything I set out to, but seeing some of those boxes be checked from my to-do list makes me feel good about the day.
I embrace the chaos and uncertainty of the day and focus on what I can get done at the moment.
Usually my day doesn’t follow my schedule and when that happens I have to be flexible and move tasks around.
Remember that it’s okay to have to load the dishwasher tomorrow morning instead of tonight, and that you will still have clothes if you can’t do laundry today.
Also, if you end up getting a free moment in the morning when you weren’t expecting to, make sure you do something for yourself or do something from your to-do list!
Always set aside “me time” for the day.
I know this is nearly impossible.
I struggle with this every day. But I have made it a point that during Izzy’s nap I try to relax as much as I can. Even if it’s just drinking iced coffee and watching a couple YouTube videos before I tackle a few chores - it is so important to take time to recharge.
Remember that there are seasons in life - and even if you can’t seem to manage your time perfectly now you will be able to in the future.
Having children makes it so hard to manage time. It seems like the house will never be clean, the dishes will never be done, there will always be appointments that have to be made and bills that have to be paid.
But this is just a season.
One day your children will be out of the house and you will miss the moments you were running around like crazy keeping up with them. Don’t spend so much time trying to keep up with everything that you miss your children growing up.
I am not great at time management but these tips have really helped me learn how I can best get a grip on my day and how productive I choose to be - or not to be.
Let me know how you manage your time as a parent and if you have any other tips that you feel may be helpful!