Being a mother is already challenging enough. With homeschooling, food preparation, managing the household, and running errands, you feel like 24 hours in a day isn’t enough to accomplish all your tasks. If you’re a working mom and you’re working from home, it’s even more dreadful!
Here are eight time management tips to help you organize your schedule, complete your to-do list, and still stay sane even after a long day.
- Plan your schedule ahead. Whether the night before or early in the morning, identify all the things you need to do and tasks you need to accomplish for the day. This way, you won’t miss anything and you won’t spend so much time remembering what needs to be done.
- Follow a to-do list according to priorities. To ensure that you’ll cover all your tasks for the day, create a to-do list and follow it according to importance and urgency.
- Set attainable daily goals. Admit it, you can’t do everything at once. So instead of trying to complete big goals and projects in one day, set goals that are realistic and doable.
- Allot time for deep work. Whether it’s 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours, use this time to focus on just working — no distractions, no giving into children’s requests, and no other disturbances.
- Eliminate distractions. In relation to the above, you should also learn to reduce any type of interruption throughout the day. Some of the biggest time wasters are social media, mobile apps and games, and movies and TV series.
- Delegate and share responsibilities with others. If you can, let others take some of the responsibilities off your shoulder. For instance, hire a housekeeper to clean the house, ask your husband to do the groceries, or teach your children to wash the dishes.
- Learn to say no. Because you are the know-it-all and do-it-all person in the house, chances are, other people will ask you to do more stuff for them. Learn to say no or tell them to wait at a later time when you are free to help them.
- Stay strong and healthy. Most importantly, to be able to fulfill all your work, duties, and responsibilities, make sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating right, and taking time to exercise.
As a mom, you are expected to do everything all the time. With proper time management skills, you can prove to your husband and kids that you are indeed the superwoman they look up to.