These time management tips for working moms will help you live a balanced life!
Life is busy for everyone. It really is as simple as that. That being said, life is extremely busy for working moms. As a working mom, whether you are a teacher, a doctor or waitresses, you know how hard it is to stay on top of your time management. It has been said that a working mom has roughly 40 hours a week to accomplish everything outside of their job. That includes spending time with kids, spouse and family in addition to all other household duties, errands and obligations. Being able to effectively manage your time is crucial for making life run smoothly and keep your stress levels down.
So how can we best use our free time (if you can call it that) to our advantage? Regardless of what career you are in, there are some great time management tips for working moms that I have found to be helpful. (And it just so happens that these tips are also perfect for teacher moms!)
Prioritization is key to your time management. You must prioritize the order of importance that your duties fall into. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything! Decide what is most important- and then you can be sure that you at least get that much done. Notice that this is the first tip in this list of time management tips for working moms! It is that important.
When it comes to household duties that are keeping you busy, don’t be afraid to ask (or tell) your family to help you. Us moms tend to carry a lot of the weight on our shoulders when we don’t need to. If you can get help in doing it, take advantage of it and enjoy. Even if they don’t do the chore the way you do, it’s okay. I know it can be hard to ask for help- because I struggle with this myself! I am learning, though, that when I ask for help people are more than willing to lend a hand when needed.
Plan and prepare in advance
One key way to make better use of our time is to plan and prepare in advance. Here are a couple of tips on what you can prep in advance:
- Create a weekly or monthly meal plan for your family’s meals.
- Write a to-do list for the things that need to be done during the week so that you are not surprised.
- Pack lunches and set out clothes the night before. This goes for everyone in the family, not just the kids.
- Schedule doctors and other appointments on the same day so you don’t have to make multiple trips. For those who are teachers, it’s best to try and schedule non-urgent appointments during your breaks so that you don’t fall behind on work duties.
Staying organized is the key to saving time. Much like a well organized classroom runs more smoothly, the same goes for a well organized home. You can get far more accomplished if everything is in its place.
Take Advantage of Technology
Love it or hate it, technology is here and it is actually one of the greatest ways to help us with our time management. There are countless time management apps available to use. Plus if you have older kids that carry a phone, you can use a family calendar that is synced across each phone so that each member of the family knows the schedule.
Use your Slow Cooker
A slow cooker is a huge plus for those looking to save on the amount of time that is spent in the kitchen. Taking 10 minutes in the morning to toss a recipe into the slow cooker can save you an hour or more each evening.
I hope you found these time management tips for working moms helpful! What are your best tips for time management?
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