Finding the perfect balance of time is a skill that busy Mom's seem to always be mastering but it always seems to hard to perfect. For me there just never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. That's why I thought I should share some of my time management tips that I find useful because we can all use a little help every now and then!
3 Time Management Tips for Busy Moms
If you have the feeling of not being able to focus on one thing at a time and not being able to handle distractions well, then you should take a step away from the action and relearn the basics. Time management can be a simple concept: plan and organize your schedule to make your time as clear and productive as possible. But as with most busy moms, we must accept that there will be plenty adversity during the day and we have to deal with it.
Let's all work towards being more productive and finding more time for ourselves!! I know what's that right, lol.
Wake up a Little Earlier and Take Time to Take Care of Yourself
Remember you have control of the time you wake up, consider waking up a little earlier. I find that taking the first 30 – 60 minutes of the day to just think does wonders! I'll be honest I usually only get 15 minutes alone but that is more than enough time to collect myself and get ready to tackle the day. Take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee or tea and write down what you need to do for the day or maybe do absolutely nothing. Nothing always feels so good sitting in silence sipping my coffee!
If you really want to do something great take on exercising: wake up 60 minutes earlier than your family and work out. Movement is a great way to start the day and it clears your mind. I find that when I'm able to get 30 minutes of exercise in every morning I have more energy throughout the day and am able to take on the day with a clearer mind. We can choose the time we wake up (within reason obviously) so make the most of it, if you need some extra sleep take the time to rest if not get up and get active!!
Take Control of Incoming Demands
I've learned that my kids come first during the day, if I take a few extra minutes to get them set up and happy then my day flows that much better. Taking a few moments to get them a snack, set up some coloring and allow them to settle in before I start on a task gives me a few extra minutes before they start bugging me to do something new.
Something I started doing at a young age was showing the kids they are capable of doing a lot of things themselves like getting a snack, drink, putting away their coloring stuff before they pull out the toys and other simple tasks. By taking a few extra minutes and allowing them to help while teaching them how to do it themselves will help you later on.
Keep a Note Book and Pen Handy
Notebooks!! One of my favorite things, even since I started depending on my iPhone for day to day reminders and creating a task list, is a note book and pen. There is just something about putting pen to paper. But back to the point of this…a good way to stay organized and get those random thoughts organized is to keep a notebook handy so you can write down your random thoughts or ideas you have pop up during the day so you can remember and review them later! This way you can come back to the thought when you have more time to bring it to life.
Writing down your ideas and forgotten tasks in a note book can be a powerful tool in dealing with distractions.
Time management is necessary for almost anyone in this super busy world we live in. As busy Mom's our days are filled with running around for our families, working on multiple projects at the same time plus some of us try to juggle school or a home business. Getting organized and managing your time is a great way to feel more balanced and set yourself up for success!
What's your #1 time management tip?