When I first became a stay at home mom, I had a hard time staying focused and getting things done each day. Maybe you struggle with time management as a mom too.
Can you relate to this?
I found myself never really accomplishing one task. Instead, I would jump around from one thing to the next.
I felt like I never had time to get myself dressed and ready each day or keep up with the cleaning tasks. But the truth is I wasn’t managing my time well as a stay at home mom.
Over the last four years I’ve learned that there are some key actions I can take to manage my time better at home, and today I’m letting you know what they are.
1. Get up before your kids.
I’m not a morning person at all and thought there was no way I could get up before my kids. But the truth is that when I get up before them, it is actually one of the best things I can do as a “non-morning person”.
Waking up just 10 minutes before my kids allows me to clear my head and have a little time to myself before jumping right into my “job” as mommy. This allows for time to gather my thoughts and wake up gently rather than being startled awake by little ones who need my attention and energy right away.
When I started waking up before my kids, I was a much happier mom.
It will absolutely be worth the discipline it takes! If you need a little help, read my post Why and How I’m Going to Bed Earlier.
2. Have a place to collect your thoughts.
I use my planner as a place to “dump” my to-do list into. I love the Bloom Planner* because it is pretty and functional.
I can keep everything in there: weekly meals, cleaning chores, appointments, bills to pay, ect. That way all that information is in one place instead of random pieces of paper or crammed in the corners of my brain. 🙂
I also keep a notebook that is specifically for random thoughts that are running around in my head. Having them written down allows me to free up brain space, and I can focus on the task or person in front of me.
3. Work on one thing at a time.
Once you have written out all of the things that you need to get done, now it is time to pick the most important task and accomplish it. If you don’t decide what needs your attention most, you may end up going back and forth between tasks working a little on each one, but maybe never finishing any of them.
Sometimes we think that multi-tasking means we are being more efficient, but switching back and forth between tasks actually requires more time and energy.
When I started out as a stay at home mom, I didn’t focus on one thing at a time. Instead, I went from one thing to the next and was always exhausted at the end of the day with hardly anything to show for it. Now, I try to focus on doing one thing at a time and completing it before moving on to another.
4. Limit phone interruptions.
A couple of years ago, I spent an entire day without my phone. I took off all social media apps, and only used my phone for texting and phone calls. Imagine that!
I LOVED how much I wasn’t on my phone that day. My mind stayed focused on my son and what I was doing rather than catching up on social media or thinking of what to post.
After that experience, I added a few social media apps back to my phone, but only the ones that I really loved or needed as a blogger. However, I turned off the notifications.
Now, I don’t feel pressured to respond to people immediately.
It is great to see when a friend messages you on Facebook or your Instagram photo, but checking your phone each time there is action on your social media is time consuming. Try turning off some or all of your notifications.
Having less interruptions will free up lots of time, and you will get more done!
I often hear people say that there just isn’t enough time in a day, but I know that God makes no mistakes. He didn’t make a mistake in the length of each day, so let’s do our best to use the time that He has given us.
If doing all of these things seems a little overwhelming, pick one action and focus on making it a habit for a week. I can just about promise you that you will see a difference. Then add another next week. Change happens a little at a time.
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