Do you often feel as though you’re running through life at high-throttle but never get anything accomplished? Welcome to being a mom. Seriously, though. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways for moms to make the most of their time.
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1. Create a To-Do List
It doesn’t matter how great your memory is, you need a list if you’re going to get everything accomplished. It helps to make a list the night before so that you can get prepared for the next day. It also helps to break things down as much as possible. For example, instead of just putting Clean on the list, put: Wash Dishes, Do the Laundry, and Mop.
2. Schedule Tasks for the Right Time of Day
Trying to balance the checkbook while the kids are running through the house screaming can be a nightmare. You want to schedule your day so that you’re working on tasks that need your full focus before the kids get up or after they go to bed. This allows you to get the task done much more quickly.
You want to multitask as much as possible. For example, while the dishes are washing in the dishwasher, mop the floor. While you’re washing laundry, cook dinner. You’ll find that if you do as much as you can at one time, you’ll get so much more done each day. Look for ways to combine tasks. Even if you’re just waiting for meat to defrost in the microwave, you could be unloading the dishwasher at the same time.
4. Cook Meals Ahead of Time
A great tip is to spend one night a week cooking for the entire week. For example, on Sunday make a big batch of meat sauce and use part of the meat sauce on spaghetti one night and use the rest to build a lasagna and pop it in the freezer. You can get the lasagna out and pop it in the oven and that’s all it takes for dinner to be done. Another great suggestion is to make a pot of chili and have chili one night, chili mac the next, and chili dogs the last night.
This may not be for everyone depending on your children’s’ ages. You may think that you don’t have time for a nap, but you’d be wrong. Taking a 20 minute nap at the same time that your kids take a nap will make you more productive. In other words, instead of walking around like a zombie, you’ll be able to tackle more tasks throughout your day. If you don’t think you’re getting enough accomplished, try these tips. With just a few simple changes, you can make the most of your time.
6. Say No
Say no to things that you really can’t add to your schedule, that play date, that visit or that commitment or that activity that will send you into a frenzy. It’s ok to have downtime, it’s ok to say no. Know your limits so that you don’t end up as that grumpy mama.
You can be busy but not be productive. Be purposeful but also give yourself time to sit back and relax and enjoy the people you’re trying to nourish this world for – your family.