We all know how stressful it is to rush from activity to activity, appointment to appointment, and mealtime to mealtime. Whether you're a stay at home mom or a working mom, we all face challenges when it comes to staying organized.
Better yet, with all that rushing around, how do we find time to take care of ourselves? You deserve more time in the day, mama! To make the most of the time you do have, these time-management hacks will make life a bit easier.
1. Create a Family List
How many lists are currently cluttering your kitchen? What about your purse? If you're like most moms, you have a list for just about everything. Add even more to that if you're expecting and you also have a hospital bag list on top of your grocery list, to-buy list, and work list.
Instead, create one standing list for all of your family's needs. Better yet, ditch the physical list and just make one on your phone. Wunderlist is a great free app that syncs to all of your devices.
2. Use a Password Manager
Do you constantly lose time forgetting passwords? If so, you're not alone. With the rise in cybersecurity threats, complex passwords are the new normal. Staying on top of all your passwords for the family feels impossible.
Instead, use a password service like Lastpass or Dashlane. These are digital vaults for storing and securing passwords, and you can access them from any device. Never get stuck in the "forgot your password" spiral again.
3. Organize Your Smartphone
It might be time to try some digital minimalism for yourself. All those clusters of apps lead to anxiety and stress, mama, so why not downsize? It's not time to get a new phone, but it is time to get rid of those apps you don't use.
For the apps you only use on occasion, create folders to keep them organized. On your main screen, only keep the most-used apps. This will cut down on time spent scrolling and searching!
4. Declutter Your Home
With new shows encouraging us to consider what "sparks joy," it might be time for a decluttering session. That doesn't mean you have to give up everything that's piling up in your closet. But it does mean thinking about what you actually use.
Those things that we don't need (or that our kids don't need) only clutter up our homes. Nobody wants visual clutter—it only leads to more stress! Instead, let's declutter and make room for the new. Go through your beauty and skincare products as well. Getting rid of things that aren't safe for baby and replacing them with natural, healthy products is a great idea.
5. Establish Working Hours
If you're a working mom, you know how tempting it is to reach for those work files when you're relaxing at the end of the day. This is an easy trap to fall into, but it's bad for your mental health.
You've got to prioritize your at-home hours, whether you're a SAHM or a working mama. Create clear working or social hours, whether you're talking to your employer or your friend group. Let people know when you're available, and when you're taking time for yourself and your family.
6. Prioritize Self-Care
Self-care isn't just a passing trend. This is one of the most important ways to take care of your body. By taking time to focus on yourself, you refill your own cup. You're more energized and ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead.
7. Know When to Say No
You don't have to do it all, mama! Learning how to say no is hard. As women, we're conditioned to feel like we always have to say yes.
In reality, you don't need to attend every PTA meeting or accept more work projects. You don't even have to meet your friend for lunch this week if you don't have the time. Saying no is a superpower!
8. Get More Sleep
While this might seem counterproductive if you already feel crunched for time in the day, more sleep is essential to your health. New moms especially are likely to experience sleep deprivation, and you need to take care of your body now more than ever.
While there's no magical cure for sleep, using a sleepytime product or going to bed earlier can make a big impact. Don't be afraid to create a night routine you love.
9. Stop Multitasking
If you're still trying to multitask, it's time to stop. Multitasking is proven to not work, and it might even make you less productive. You don't have to do it all, mama. Especially not all at once!
10. Don't Worry About Perfection
Last but not least, it's time to let go of perfection. There's no such thing as a perfect mom or a perfect household. Sometimes the dishes go unwashed. Sometimes the laundry piles up.
All of these things are okay. There's no point striving for perfection when it really just doesn't exist. Make use of your time in a more practical way by doing something you love.
Find More Time in the Day
Mamas work hard to get everything done, and this can leave them feeling drained and overwhelmed. Being productive feels like something we have to do when in reality it's just an unnatural expectation.
While these productivity tips above help you focus on what matters most, don't get wrapped up in trying to do it all. Not all days are productive, and that's just a natural part of motherhood. You're doing great, mama.