I recently told you guys in a previous post that one my goals for the new year is to become a time management ninja. It’s an area I’ve wanted to improve in for a long time now, but honestly I’ve never put much effort into it. I guess I was just hoping I’d figure it out one day. You know, maybe one day I’d finally get my junk together. That strategy basically left me floundering my way through each day, jumping from one task to the other without much of a plan or agenda–which isn’t so great when you’re a stay-at-home/work-at-home mama like myself. Well I finally got my booty in gear and I’ve been taking an amazing e-course on time management over the past few weeks. And holy cow, I am learning so much about being more productive and intentional with my time. So today I want to share a bit of what I’ve learned and talk about 4 amazing time management tips for moms. These simple strategies have have made a huge difference in my day-to-day life. And it’s not just about time management, it’s about truly getting the most out of life all while living with less stress, fewer days packed to the brim with activities, and more peace in this already crazy season of life. I’m so excited to share a little of what what I’ve learned with you all!
1. Know your priorities & stick to them.
Figuring out what your top priorities are is an important step in time management because it really sets the foundation for everything else. I’ve learned that we should be able to narrow it down to 3 or 4 things that are the most important in our daily life. That’s it. Figure that out and let everything else sit on the back burner. I absolutely love this because I often feel like I’m spread way too thin, jumping from one thing to the next and trying to “do it all”, which is not how I want to live. In this section of the course I really had to dig deep and figure out what things I want to focus in this current season of life as a mama to little ones. Figure out what you want and what you need to let go.
2. Nurture Yourself
Nurturing yourself as a mother is so important. This course helped me to recognize what I need in order to be my best self. For me personally, this includes quiet time to start my day, exercise, and creativity. These basic things are required on a regular and daily basis for me to feel my best. I need to wake up early and have quiet time. I need to exercise and stay active for my mind and body. And I need time to be creative and work with my hands in some way. These basic things have a big impact on my overall well-being. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re a mama and usually all about taking care of everyone else. But let me the tell you, if you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t possibly be running on all cylinders.
3. Say no. And mean it.
Raise your hand if you’re a sucker for saying yes to all the things? You’re a people pleaser, often taking on way too many tasks in your daily life. You get distracted with random commitments, coffee dates you really don’t want to go on, and extra “clutter” that derails your schedule and just absorbs your energy. And I mean both mental and physical energy. If you’re anything like me you’re probably nodding along right now, knowing full well that things things only suck up our time and distract from what we want and need to be doing. Don’t be afraid to say no AND don’t feel guilty about it. This goes back to protecting your top priorities and staying on track, which means sometimes you have to say no. And that’s ok.
4. Set a daily schedule for yourself & family
Being awesome at time management means learning how to become intentional with how you’re spending every minute of the day–especially if you’re a stay-at-home/work-at-home mama like myself. We all know it ain’t easy to find that balance with little ones around. But after taking this course, I really wanted to get myself and the kids on a new schedule during the week. So I started breaking our day into sections. I typically try to start my day early before the kids wake up, doing email and blogging before they’re out of bed. Once they’re up and going I try to break out day into blocks, depending on what we have going on. For example, the morning are usually spent doing a variety of activities–moving from one thing to the next to keep them somewhat entertained. Maybe 30 minutes of playdough and then 3o minutes of coloring, followed by an hour of outside time for example. Then by the time the afternoon rolls around it’s time for mama to get to work. They either nap or do quiet time, followed by time for a movie, which allows me to have a huge chunk of the afternoon to myself. It’s a nice balance and has worked out well for us.
Well friends, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and feel inspired to take charge of your own life and schedule. Especially if you’re a stay at home mama with littles ones, these simple time management tips can make a big difference in your day-to-day. I’d definitely suggest checking out this e-course from a fellow blogger Sarah of She Holds Dearly if you’re wanting to learn more about living a simple, stress free life. It’s really had a huge impact on me.
I’d love to hear what you think of this post and your thoughts on schedules, time management, priorities, etc. Let’s chat in the comments below!