Time is a funny thing. Whenever you’re waiting in a line, time goes by extremely slowly while other times it just speeds by. There never seems to be sufficient hours in the day to accomplish everything you like. Especially for a working mom who forever dons on “busy” as a badge of honour. Truth be told, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. So instead of wishing for more magical hours, start changing how you spend the hours you do have. This way you’ll make time for the things you love like quality time with your children or that much-needed R&R to get lost in an engrossing book at the end of the day.
It’s time to learn time management for working mothers to accomplish more every day AND enjoy a couple of extra hours of whatever you like.
Make a to do list
On unknown grounds, you can’t get to your destination without some guidance or a map, right? Well, to-do lists work the same way! You can pull off more with a to-do list as it helps you get a handle on everything you’d like to achieve in a day, small or big. Rather than in your head, when you have your tasks written in front of you, you can clearly think through things and pick and choose what you’ve got to get done on a priority. Start by listing down daily to-dos. To set attainable daily goals, you can divide lists into work and home. Even the tiniest of things, like putting clothes away, works wonders when penned.
Make a schedule
Are you someone who’s spread thin? You’re checking a text message on your phone in between an email and suddenly realise you forgot to water the plants, so you get away from your workstation. While the minutes tick by and you don’t actually complete anything. If you find yourself dipping your hands in different tasks, then a schedule will work wonders for you. A schedule for your day will help you figure out what you’ve got to complete and when. This way you’ll focus on what you’ve got to do at a specific time instead of running around helter-skelter.
Right when you feel you’ve cruised through the morning with no hindrances, there’s an unexpected visit to the bank, a sudden work call, an interesting sale you want to check out, or news about your favourite show you missed reading. Distractions are going to pop up all day. Refuse to give in to every distraction or idea that comes your way. With the help of to-do lists and a schedule you know what your priority is so you will ensure you focus on getting it done while pushing everything else aside for the time being.
Analyse your schedule
Ever notice you’re more analytical and sharper before noon, your energy drops after lunch and towards the evening you’ve run out of creative juices? Energy and willpower are finite resources that gradually diminish throughout your day. While this exact scenario may not hold true for everyone, you have your own personal rhythm.
So, when you plan a schedule, take a minute to analyse your schedule and make adjustments according to your tempo. This way, instead of blindly crossing mindless or insignificant tasks off your list during your peak hours, you’ll save time for things that matter. And no, telling yourself you need to finish smaller tasks and save your energy and focus for the more important things for the end will not help. In fact, it’s the opposite. You need to get the most demanding tasks done when your energy and willpower are going the strongest. Try it. You’ll notice how with a few seconds of analysis you will use your time more strategically and effectively.
Divide the work amongst your family members
That entrepreneur who you religiously admire looks like they perfectly balance everything and got it all together. But, in reality, successful people don’t do it all. They figure out what they’ve got to do and delegate whatever else they can. Just like how you’ve got house help to help around the house, you can divide the work amongst your family members. Although it’s tempting to complete every household responsibility by yourself, you’ll find that delegation derives better results in a shorter period. You can assign simple tasks to your kids like doing the laundry, laying the table, putting utensils in their respective places, watering the plants, etc. This way you will not only try to make your kids self-reliant for the later years of their life, but also leave you with more time on your hands to do what matters to you.
As much as it is important to have a planned schedule of tasks, it’s equally important not to overdo the rigidity and keep things flexible. Follow your schedule to the tee but also leave room for manoeuvrability for tasks that spring up out of the blue. As a working mom who’s got her hands full, once in a while, it’s okay to break away from your schedule to clean spilled milk or take your child to the park. The goal is to have a planned rhythm for your day to manage your time effectively; however, be open to doing important tasks that may spring up unexpectedly.
Who Runs The World? Moms!
Mothers are the CEOs of a 24/7 operation. From being caretakers to children to household managers and a mompreneur, mothers fill way too many shoes at once. It can get overwhelming and so before you give up on the fight to find time for yourself and are just trying to get everything done, try implementing some of these time management tips for moms and feel the world open up in front of you. Soon, you’ll have more of a precious resource, time!