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Time Management Tips for Moms

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Time management is one of the most overwhelming concerns for mothers. Between taking care of your kids, completing chores, cooking dinner, spending time with your significant other, and possibly managing some form of work, it is no wonder we have any time for ourselves. I get up every day with a schedule that I have prepared in mind but I have often found myself struggling to get everything I set out to do accomplished in the period of a day.

So, knowing that I can’t be the only mom almost pulling out my hair trying to make sure I am doing my best as a mom, wife, business owner, and now teacher to my children. I have put together some of my favorite time management tips for moms to help take the stress out of managing your time so you put your focus on some of the other things you enjoy.

What is Time Management?

By definition, time management is the ability to effectively and productively manage your time. It is a vital skill to have in our lives, especially as parents.

Being able to keep track of your activities in order to arrange them within a 24 hour period is important because when time is lost, it is impossible to gain it back, therefore you should make sure you use it effectively.

Causes of Poor Time Management

As a mother, whether single or married, stay at home or working, having to juggle between caring for kids, working, cooking, chores, and self-care; managing time can feel very difficult if not impossible.

However, the lack of ability to manage time is universal and can be accomplished by first looking at where you may be lacking and changing your mindset. Those who are successful at time management are often more proactive and are better at keeping focus or more concerned about getting things done.

While, those who of us who have trouble managing time are often met with some of these obstacles:

  • Procrastination
  • Asentmindeness
  • Disorganization
  • Lack of energy
  • Ineffective delegation
  • Inability to focus on priorities
  • Unsuccessful at starting a plan and communicate it to others

Best Time Management Tips for Moms

As a parent, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. By the time I get up, read my daily bible verses, perform my daily chores, work on my blog, spend time with my family, it seems like the day has past me by. Then I wish I could get a few more hours before I have to lie down to do it all again.

So managing my time is essential if I wish to get the most out of my day.

There are numerous methods one can use to manage their time. Here are a few of my favorite tips that have helped me with my time management.

Make Lists

Don’t rely on your memory (especially if you have a memory like me) or how organized you are. Since time management relies heavily on your ability to plan and keep schedules, it is better to make list then to rely on your brain to remember everything and keep you organized.

You can make a list for:

  • recipes for the week or month
  • grocery lists
  • chores for the day or week
  • household items needed to restock
  • activities for the kids
  • monthly/weekly goals
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I like to use my Alexa to help me make a list or set reminders. This helps keep me on schedule and takes a lot of stress off of me having to remember.

Automate your schedule

For me, the biggest help is my ability to schedule ahead. Take a look at your schedule and think of ways to plan ahead.

For instance, you can use a meal planner to plan out meals for the week or schedule ahead to make sure your groceries, prescriptions, or other personal items, are delivered or picked up ahead of time.

Get Groceries Delivered

A big time saver is getting groceries delivered to your own home. Websites like Instacart can deliver on a couple of hour delivery windows.

Spend about a half hours time choosing what you need and use the supermarket shipping. Then you can spend the rest of your time doing other things like picking out your children’s outfits or daily chores.

Prepare Outfits in Advance

Preparing your children’s outfits the night before will not only save you time in the morning but it will save you the stress of being late and under pressure. Just pick out your child’s outfits, and enjoy a stress-free and worry-free morning.

When my daughter was younger, I would pick her outfits for the week and hang them in the closet.

Meal Prep on Weekends

Weekends are an effective way to get caught up on all of the weekday daily affairs. Cook foods on Sunday afternoons and get help to save them in Tupperware for the next week’s meals.

A bonus tip: You can give away additional cooked food to your friendly neighbors so that they can return the favor to you!

Make Enough for Leftovers

Another option is to cook dinner on the weekday evenings and get help to save the leftovers for the next day’s lunch. You may even repurpose them to make completely new meals for your kids.

For instance, bake rotisserie chicken in the oven right whenever you have time at home and serve it with rice for dinner. After supper, take the leftover chicken, add mayo and salt and pepper, and pack it into chicken salad sandwiches for the upcoming day’s lunch!

Stay Organized

Have you ever spent hours attempting to find that one blouse, your daughter’s ballet tights, or your lost car keys? Take the weekend off and use that extra time to get your house in order.

Organize the cupboard, drawers, hallway, living room, desk, etc. Then when you need to find something, you won’t have to spend hours on end looking for it, you will already know where it is!

Have a Routine

What is a list without a routine? Having a routine helps you to stay organized and gives you a reason to stay motivated.

Manage Your Stress

If there is one thing that can interfere with your ability to function and manage, it is stress. Make sure you keep your stress in check and under control. Try one of these activities.

Take Time For Yourself

No matter how much time a mom spends managing the household and caring for her family, it is always important to remember to make time for yourself. If you are tired, hungry, or irritable, you will not be able to function at your best, so be sure to eat the right foods, get plenty of sleep, and exercise.

That way you will be less stressed and able to function at your optimal level.

The Last Thing You Need to Know About Time Management

Time management can be very difficult to achieve as a mother but with the right tips it is very doable. With the right mindset, focus, and adoption of new skills it is possible to be good at managing your time.

Learning how to effectively manage your time is important as a mother. It will help you not only reduce stress in your life but it will help you to be better productively and you will be able to pass these skills on to your children.

However, just like all things a little more complex, practice makes perfect! The more you put these tips to use, the better you will get at them.

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Do you have a favorite tip that helps you manage your time more effectively? What advice would you give to moms looking to better manage their time?

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8 thoughts on “Time Management Tips for Moms”

  1. Hello Melissa,
    I really like your website, This is very important for mom’s to know how to manage their time and organisation. It is not easy to manage time with 2 or 3 children today. Nice content and well written.
    Thank you
    Lyne

    1. Thank you, Lyne! It really isn’t easy to manage your time being a parent but it is important to try as best as we can. Thank you for your comment!

  2. These are very good time management tips for everyone, and since I am a single guy living alone these tips are very helpful for me as well. With more people being single and living alone these tips will be helpful for many people, I thank you for these tips and I am going to start making it a point to use them right away

    Jeff

    1. I am glad you found the tips useful. All through my site is aimed at moms, we all deal with stress and the tips are universal so I am glad they will help you. Thanks for the comment and I hope you return to let me know how they work out for you!

  3. Hey,

    My sister-in-law would love this article. She has been furloughed from her job at the moment and they won’t be going back for a while, so she has been homeschooling the two children almost full time. But, I think she is getting stressed with it and she needs all the help she can get.

    I think she could really benefit from your article and your site as a whole. I have forwarded on your article to her and hopefully she will go through it and pick up some helpful tips.

    I have encouraged her to get in touch if she has any questions.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work on your site.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. I am very sorry to hear about your sister’s situation. Sadly, many of us have either been furloughed, had hours cut back, or have lost our jobs entirely because of the current crisis and are at home with our children which causing more stress. I thank you for helping your sister and I hope she will find some relief within my site. Stay safe and stay encouraged. I wish you and your sister all the best!

  4. Hi Melissa,

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I really need it. Lately, I get so stressed out juggling between working on my online business, my teaching online job, and taking care of my toddler. Two of my biggest problems are procrastination and disorganization. So, I will follow your tips in better manage my time so I can relieve my stress and make sure everything is well-taking care of. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ferra

    1. Hi Ferra,
      I think no matter how organized we are, we can all get a little overwhelmed sometimes. Be sure you don’t push yourself too hard especially in your expectation. One thing that was overwhelming I was doing too much too fast in reference to my blog. Don’t compare your progress to more established bloggers. Blogging takes time and others may have been at their blog for years. Pace yourself and take it day by day.
      All the best,
      Melissa

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