Our family isn't the greatest with time management; my husband is always late, I'm a chronic procrastinator, and the kids are always going somewhere. But with so many people in our home (my husband, me, our 2 year old, my 10 year old stepson 50% of the time, and our 15 year old niece 98% of the time) and so little time to get everything done, we had to up our time management game.
It's possible, I promise.
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1. Make your Cooking Time More Effective
2. Get a Really, Really Good Planner (or 3)
When it comes to planners, I am firm believer that you have to find what works for you. For me, that looks like: a planner for social media business stuff, a planner for my soul/personal development, and a planner for our family schedules.
I've tried Google calendars, but found that I would forget to check it; I tried setting it to send emails around scheduled activities, but I was getting 20 emails a day. So, pen and paper just works better for me.
Here are my 3 favourite planners:
3. Single Task Everything
Multitasking has been proven ineffective over and over again. You'll be a better mom, wife, employee, entrepreneur... if you just do 1 thing at a time.
So, learn to write a to-do list, prioritize your tasks, and do 1 thing at a time. When it comes to your daily to-do list, I recommend picking 5 tasks. Don't make your to-do list crazy long (it's hard, I know). Pick the most important, time-relevant tasks that you need to do in the next few days.
Then do them... one at a time!
4. Embrace the Word "No"
You can do anything you want to do... but you don't have to do everything, mama. Skip a PTA meeting. Cancel that lunchtime coffee with the frenemy who sucks your energy. Don't say YES to every single extra work project.
You'll save yourself time in your schedule (plus, you know, your sanity) AND it's good for your kids to see you set healthy limits and boundaries for yourself.
5. Stop the Scroll
Let's be honest, social media is a time suck. It's easy to lay in bed first thing in the morning catching up on your notifications, scrolling mindlessly during the day, and catching up on social media in the evening.
But is it worth it? Nah, mama. Just put it down.
The Newsfeed Eradicator is a great Chrome extension to install if you work at home (instead of the Facebook newsfeed, you get an inspirational quotes).
Scrolling on social media is the enemy of time management.
How do you stay productive and on top of your time management as busy mama?