Balancing work with family can be a very difficult job. With so many responsibilities, time can get away from you and it can become difficult to stay on top of all the tasks.
As a working mom, you naturally want to get the most out of your schedule and spend time with your children, but also get everything done. Unless you have a plan to stay on top of tasks, your life can become overwhelming and stressful. Using the following five tips can help you become more productive as a working mom.
Stick to a Schedule and a Routine
A good routine or a schedule can make all the difference. Not only does it help keep your family on a set schedule, it can also help you out with your daily tasks. It can also lead to better organization and more family time.
It is important to create a schedule that works well for you and your family. Creating a daily routine can help with this. You will want to schedule a wake-up time for everyone, a nap time, a lunch time, and even a bath time. Once you have the basic schedule, you can add in various chores that need to be done around the home. After that is included, you can add in activities that may vary from week to week.
Wake Up Early
To maximize your daily productivity as a working mom, wake up before everyone else does. Have a morning routine that will help you get ready for the day. Take an energizing shower, have a healthy breakfast, drink some coffee or tea and enjoy some quiet time before the kids wake up.
This quiet time in the morning will help you get prepared for the activities that are ahead of you. It is also a lot less stressful than waking up and making breakfast for everyone, getting the kids ready for school and going to work. By becoming an early riser, you can also use this quiet time to think about all the tasks you need to accomplish and put together a daily to-do list.
Teach Your Kids to Help with Chores
Not all children are old enough to complete household chores. If they are, though, you need to teach them and use this to your advantage. Not only does it get you some help around the home, but it also teaches them responsibility.
One of the best ways to get everyone to help with the chores is by creating a chore calendar. On the calendar, you can assign tasks to each member of the family. Give them tasks that are ideal for their age. For example, younger children may be able to help with putting away toys while older children may be able to vacuum or dust.
Plan Your Meals
Instead of constantly wondering what you should make for dinner each day, plan your meals in advance. Dedicate one day of the week when you will prepare the whole week’s meal schedule. This way you will know in advance what’s one the menu for that day. Not only will this save you the daily headaches, but it will also save you time and money.
If you lack time for cooking healthy meals for your family, you can prep some of the ingredients or even cook some meals in advance. For example, you can wash and chop a bunch of veggies and then freeze them. You can quickly pop them in the pot when you need to and have a healthy meal ready in no time. Using an electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot can greatly help reduce the cooking time as well!
Stay Organized at Work
With a busy schedule at home, the last thing you want is to bring work home with you. This is why it is important to organize all your daily tasks at work and make sure you complete them during working hours.
This way, when you come home, you will have time for your kids and all your other activities instead of burying your head in paperwork.
Take Care of Yourself
As a working mom, you spend so much time working and taking care of everyone else that you might forget about yourself. Make sure you have some time for yourself every day, even if it is just 15 minutes. Take the time to relax or enjoy one of your hobbies when you can.
Try going for a run, visit the local gym or even exercising at home. Taking care of yourself will brighten your mood and recharge your batteries so you can be more productive with your tasks both at work and at home.
Being a working mom can be difficult, but with the right organization, it can be much easier to manage. You can start with a basic schedule for each day and add to it as needed. Daily chores can become easier if you engage your kids and cooking doesn’t have to be a trouble if you prepare in advance. Don’t forget to make time for yourself whenever possible.