7 Best Time Management Tips for Stay at Home Moms

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When I first became a stay at home mom, it took me a while to figure out good time management. I had a hard time staying focused on tasks and getting things done each day.

I found myself starting tasks but not completing them. Instead, I would jump around from one thing to the next.

I’d start a load of laundry but forget to put it in the dryer. When dinner time came around, I had no idea what we were going to eat.

I wasn’t spending quality time with my baby, and I had the hardest time just getting a shower and dressed each morning.

The problem was I didn’t know how to manage my time well as a stay at home mom. Everything seemed overwhelming and I didn’t know what to devote my time to.

However, over the last 8 years as a stay at home mom I’ve learned some important tips for managing my time better. These tips have helped me even more so now that I’m also a homeschooling mom and work from home mom.

I don’t have any sitters or nannies. It’s all me. Time management is a must!

Today I’m sharing my best tips with you too.

Not sure how to get it all done at home? Here are four super simple time management tips for moms. You can eliminate the overwhelm and find time to take care of your home when you practice these time management habits. #mom #timemanagement #homemaker #stayathomemom

 

Time Management for Stay at Home Moms

1. Get up before your kids.

You’ve probably heard this before, and you may be rolling your eyes. “Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard that one before!”

But hear me out. I’ve never been a morning person. I’d much rather stay up late and sleep in in the morning.

However, sleeping until my kids woke up was making me a grumpy mom. I didn’t want my kids to remember me as a grump, so I decided I had to start waking up before them.

When I get up before them, is one of the best things do as a mother.

It allows me to clear my head and have time to myself before jumping right into my “job” as mommy.

I gather my thoughts and wake up gently rather than being startled awake by little ones who need my attention and energy right away.

How to wake up before your kids:

  • Go to bed earlier.
  • Have something to look forward to in the morning that will get you out of bed.
  • For the first week, wake up just 10 minutes before your kids. Gradually wake up earlier.

 

2. Get important things done early in the day.

The best way to have a productive day is to start your day off with a plan. I follow a simple morning routine that helps me get things done early.

Here’s what my morning routine looks like.

  • Coffee, Bible reading, and prayer
  • 15 minute workout
  • shower and dressed
  • load of laundry
  • plan for dinner

I do these things every morning. That way they are done and out of the way. Doing these first things gives me more free time during the day and it also helps me get motivated to do other things.

Laundry and a plan for dinner are basic needs that your family depends on you to do. So make those a priority early in the day. Also, your self care is a basic need, so take care of yourself too.

3. Focus on 1 thing at a time.

A helpful habit of getting things done is to make a master list of all the things that your attention. Once it’s written out, pick the 3 most important tasks. Then do one at a time.

These tasks should be the most important ones in that moment. If you don’t decide what is a priority, you will waste your time on unimportant things.

Then you’ll run out of time to do the things that are most needed, like laundry and dishes.

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.

Following routines or a daily schedule help you use your time well because you have a flexible plan to get things done each day.

4. Use time block routines.

Time blocks are basically mini routines that you follow throughout the day. Here are some time block routines my kids and I follow:

  • meal time routine
  • morning routine and chores
  • a quiet time routine
  • writing time block
  • school time block
  • outside playtime

These time blocks can happen any time of the day, but the same thing gets accomplished no matter when we do them.

Fo example, most days we have a school time block in the morning, but some days we have do it in the afternoon.

Using time blocks means we can switch up the times during the day when we do things, but still accomplish important tasks. The other time blocks will get moved throughout the day depending on what appointments and errands need run.

5. Track your time.

I often hear moms say there isn’t enough time in the day. And I get it. There’s a lot that stay at home moms are in charge of doing.

It may feel overwhelming, but I know God didn’t make a mistake in the length of each day. Whatever he has called you to do, He knows you can get done in the time He has given you. 

The key is to use that time effectively. A great way to get an honest look at out how you are using your time is to spend a day or week tracking your time. 

Are you watching TV? Spending lots of time on your phone? Running lots of errands? Making multiple trips to the grocery store? 

For an entire day, write down what you are doing every half hour. You may want to do this for an entire week to see where you are wasting time on certain days. 

When I tracked my time, I realized I had a hard time getting motivated on Mondays and spent a lot of time on my phone.

That realization helped me make some changes, so that I used my time more effectively on Mondays. 

 

6. Use a weekly planner.

On Sunday afternoons when the house is quiet, I make a weekly plan using my planner.

I’m able to start my week with a plan instead of wondering what’s for dinner each night or trying to remember everything that needs to get done.

Here are 5 things to plan:

  1. Meals for the week – Here’s a list of over 100 dinner ideas.
  2. Household chores- Here’s a list of household chores. 
  3. Fun with the kids – If you don’t plan for fun, sometimes it doesn’t happen. What are some fun things you can do with your kids this week. Free ideas: playground, hike, library activity, picnic
  4. Self care- Keep it simple. If you haven’t been keeping up with your self care, pick one thing to do every day this week. 
  5. To do list- This is a list of all the random things you need to accomplish for the week. 

 

7. Spend time enjoying your kids.

One of the best benefits of being a stay at home mom is all the time you get to be with your kids. 

However, it’s really easy to go through your day and not even spend quality time with them. It can feel like there are so many other things to do. 

But here’s a little secret I learned. When I intentionally spend time with them, I’m able to get more things done because they are less whiny.

They also are better at playing independently during quiet time when I’ve spent quality time with them earlier in the day.

If you have more tips or specific questions, feel free to share in the comments. 

Before you go, get your free copy of the Balanced Mom Checklist for stay at home moms. It will help you balance motherhood and homemaking.

 

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