Working with kids at home can be tough at first. Once you get a grip on how to make the most out of the time you have, you’ll notice the value in it.
With a majority of families staying in these days due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s no surprise that many are facing time management challenges.
From wearing too many hats to a number of interruptions throughout the day, it’s easy to feel as though nothing will get accomplished.
Being a parent is a full-time commitment. Adding a work-at-home role to the mix will make you feel as though you’re tipping the scale. Working from home can lead to chaos and frustration, but it doesn’t have to.
Learning ways to cope with the interruptions, distractions, lateness, and (dare I say it), procrastination, is something that will help you overcome the challenges of working from home.
With a little planning and some time management skills, you can avoid the headaches. Below are five effective time management tips for moms.
5 Effective And Helpful Time Management Tips For Working Moms
1) Time blocking is your friend.
Time Blocking is one of the most important time management skills. You can dedicate a certain amount of time to just one task every day. For example, you can set aside 30 minutes to an hour to focus on writing if you’re a mom blogger. Creating an hour block every morning for writing is a great way to cross that off your list.
Blocking out the time to work on tasks is a great way to focus on a certain task. Remembering not to try and tackle anything else during this set period will be a challenge at first, but worth putting the effort.
Slowly turn this habit into a daily one and you’ll start to see the results.
Now, it’s not important to choose the morning slot for this. Mornings work best because it’s the time most people are getting ready to start their day. It’s a time to set the gameplan for how you will tackle the things on your list.
For at-home working moms, this can help with navigating your child’s routine and other household chores. You’ll want to choose a time slot that suits your family’s lifestyle.
2) Avoid multitasking like no tomorrow.
This tip coincides with the first. When you plan to work on something, make sure that’s what you’re doing. No need to look at your phone, see what notification popped up or to reply to someone’s text.
With the amount of ways to connect with people these days, it’s hard not to be available. Just because your phone is always on, doesn’t mean you need to be. Make time for the things that matter.
Yes, there will be plenty of time to reply back to that meme from that chat group. Personally, I avoid chat groups because they take up too much time and the notifications get out of hand throughout the day.
Have you ever tried cooking more than one meal at a time and realized something was burning or it didn’t taste as good as the last time you made it?
This happens when you multitask.
When you start multitasking, you lose focus on the importance of the tasks you’re trying to complete. Give each task the attention it deserves.
3) Give everyone their spotlight.
One of the top time management tips for moms that I like to give is to focus on those you love. For me it’s my family.
Shining a spotlight on someone means giving them the attention they deserve. If you’re tight on a deadline, then complete the task and set aside time for the people you love.
This includes yourself as well.
How you manage your time says a lot about your relationships. Whether it’s with your partner or your kids, it’s important to make everyone feel loved when they’re around you.
Spending time with your partner, your kids and yourself is important. Sometimes it might feel as though you’re spreading yourself thin. That’s when you need to take a step back and refocus on the essentials.
If you are spending time with your kids, don’t worry about your work. If you are working, try not to do household chores. I know it’s difficult but at least give it a try.
With time, you’ll notice a change in your more productivity. It has been proven, time and again, that multitasking reduces productivity. Hence, it’s best to avoid it, as and when possible!
3) Create a personal schedule.
One of the best time management tips for moms is to create a schedule. When you plan ahead, you’re planning to succeed. Whether or not you get to tackle everything on that schedule doesn’t matter. Tomorrow is a new day.
By creating a set schedule for yourself, you are aware of things that are important, and that matter to you. With a schedule, you’re able to plan for everyday tasks and more.
For instance, if your child takes a nap at a certain time, you’re less likely to plan something to do with them at that time. When your child goes down for a nap, that is your time to focus on something else.
Jot down the time block your child often takes their nap. Make a schedule of how you’d like to spend that time.
When you’re starting out, it’s a good idea to divide your daily tasks into smaller ones. This way you’ll feel more accomplished by the end of the day. It’s never a good idea to pile on unattainable goals.
4) Delegate tasks like a boss.
Delegating tasks to your family helps. If your child is of a certain age and can do chores, then you should have them helping out.
Such small acts would not only help you but will also bring the entire family together.
There are a variety of options out there for the tasks you need to be accomplished. Don’t be afraid to delegate. It’ll save you time and the headaches.
Coming to the work front, let’s say, you are a blogger. If possible, you can hire a V.A. to help you in blogging related tasks like Pinterest management or creating social media graphics. If you are not able to afford a permanent V.A. ; go for online schedulers. There is a wide range of these, and you can buy the one that fits your budget. For example, you can invest in Tailwind to schedule your pins. This would free you from manual pinning. You can go for social media schedulers like Hootsuite or Buffer.
These would definitely help you by giving you some extra time to do other important tasks.
5) Take a day off.
While working on your schedule, it’s important to set time aside for a day of rest. Taking a break from everyday tasks has proven to be beneficial for families.
If you’re tired, you won’t feel as enthusiastic to take on the next day. You’ll have less energy and nothing will seem to work for you that day.
Believe me, I’ve been there.
Take a day off throughout the week and spend it with your family. We host weekly movie nights and occasional family game nights with the kids. It helps us bond and a good competition can be exciting for the little ones.