by Louise Castrillo of Mamacademy PH
So many things to do, but so little time. Sounds familiar, Mama? Moms are great multi-taskers, but we still cannot seem to get everything done even with this innate skill. Admittedly, juggling among our different roles can be overwhelming and tiring.
While we cannot add more hours in the day, we can utilize our time wisely and make every second count. Here are ten tips to help us, moms, manage our time better.
If we are, to be honest, our stress comes from unmet expectations and goals. So often, we become too critical and hard on ourselves for not completing all the things we aim to do in a day.
We need to get in touch with the reality that our time, energy, and resources are limited. Once we accept that, we can focus on improving our daily habits, management style, and goal setting.
I am sure you can agree that Mom-brain is real. We can blame it on lack of sleep, anesthesia, or just the big number of appointments, deadlines, and tasks we need to keep in mind. It can be frustrating, but we can avoid “Mom-brain” moments by making a list of our family’s schedules and tasks.
If you like writing on a paper, a planner is your best friend. So if a pretty planner motivates you more, go ahead and get yourself one. But don’t worry, the simple paper or digital planner would do too.
What’s important is that you set time to plan your day and when you get the hang of it, plan your week.
In planning the day, it is essential to take note of the high-priority ones. These are tasks that need to be done on the day, like bringing the child to a dentist appointment, submitting a report at work, or ordering the groceries for the week.
When we have this list, we can focus on the important things instead of nitpicking on small tasks that we can do some other time.
We are the managers of the family. Part of managing the home is also identifying which tasks can be delegated to other family members or house help. It’s understandable if you have a hard time letting go and delegating. However, we can address our hesitations by training the person to whom we want to entrust the task.
Involving the kids with house chores will not only offload some tasks off our list, but it will also teach team life skills they’ll need when they grow up.
Train your house help how you want things done it house. For example, teach her accordingly if you have a specific way of storing the clothes. This way, you will be more comfortable entrusting tasks to others.
We are very fortunate that the technology has become so advanced that there are tasks that we can easily automate at home and work.
Here are some examples of tasks we can automate:
We would often hear that toddlers thrive on routines. The same is true for us adults. Having a set of routines helps us flow through the day.
A good strategy is designating a day for chores – Sunday for changing sheets, Monday for cleaning the bathrooms, etc.
Do a self-check. Do you have any habits that consume your time and take your focus on your tasks? For instance, checking our phones has become a number time stealer. One scroll in social media can lead to 15 minutes or more of screen time. If this also happens to you, try having a screen break, and you’ll see that you can do so much more with your time.
Whether it’s a quiet time with a cup of coffee, a 15-minute exercise, or a quick Netflix fix, we should allow ourselves to rest and relax. These pockets of self-care time will allow us to recharge and help us be more productive and energized to tick off tasks on our list.
We get requests from family members, co-workers, or friends for certain favors. Helping or doing extra is fine as long as we have the time and capacity. Otherwise, we may end up setting side our priorities, sacrificing the quality of our work, or draining ourselves out.
Hence, learning to say No can help you focus on things that matter to you and align with your goals.
Templates are great time-savers! Instead of creating the list of groceries, why don’t we make a predefined checklist with all the pantry essentials and supplies you regularly need. That way, we don’t have to write everything when it’s time to replenish.
We can also have a checklist for House Chores, Things to Bring During Travel, or First Aid kit.
There’s no shame or guilt in outsourcing services. We can outsource services for tasks that we don’t like or don’t have time to do, such as laundry or cooking. We can also leverage readily available resources so that we don’t need to re-invent the wheel and start from scratch.
If you are a homeschooling mom, planning the lessons, researching the topics, and preparing the lessons and assessments can take the time you can spend on teaching or family bonding. Twinkl can be the best time-saver solution for you!
Twinkl is a large online library that aims to help home educators by providing teacher-created educational materials. By availing of the monthly or annual membership, we can access over 840,000 resources 24/7.
For moms who are homeschooling their children, Twinkl already has a curriculum guide, lesson packs with printable and interactive materials, assessment materials. It allows you the flexibility to choose which materials you want to use depending on your children’s preferences and learning styles. There are lots of themes to choose from.
For moms who have children enrolled in distance learning, Twinkl can serve as a supplementary resource to support the children’s education.
On top of these, Twinkl has a book collection in flipbooks, pdf, or PowerPoint format. The reading materials from the Twinkl Collection are created to encourage kids to love reading.
If you want to see the wealth of educational materials, sign up Twinkl for FREE and to download the FREE taster pack.
Because we at Mamacademy PH want to help you in your time management and home learning and believe in the value that Twinkl can bring, we are giving an exclusive discount to you, Mamas. Use our voucher code, MAMACADEMY10, to avail a 10% discount on the annual membership. We hope you take advantage of this offer because the code is only valid until March 31, 2022.
Louise Castrillo wrote this blog; She’s a mom blogger, design show junkie, and a hands-on mom to a preschooler. She loves twinning with her daughter, making short videos, and tinkering with embroidery.