Do you ever feel like there is always way too much going on and never enough time to catch up?
Being a working mom has many challenges. Between working a full-time job, managing Scots Hillhouse, and raising kids, life can start to feel a bit chaotic. It is a struggle to stay organized and I know that this is something that many busy moms can relate to. The challenges of the past year have resulted in an added layer of complexity. Not only do we have to juggle the demands of work and home life, we now get to add virtual schooling to the mix. (yay?)
As a working mom who wears many hats, the past year has been particularly difficult. This has forced me to come up with several systems that I have recently implemented in an attempt to stay organized.
In this post, I will be sharing 7 incredibly useful and easy-to-implement time management and organization tips for working moms. These mom organization tips will help you to get more done in your day and allow you to have more of a work-life balance. You can beat the feeling of stress and overwhelm away for good.
7 easy to implement organization tips for working moms
Tip #1- Learn To Delegate
The key to staying organized (and sane) as a working mom is to delegate!
In previous generations, women believed that in order to be a good mom, you need to be doing it all yourself. Somehow, this mindset has trickled down to us and moms are wearing themselves out trying to be everything to everybody. What I have learned is that by doing it all, you are actually not doing yourself or your family any favors.
Delegation is an important skill to master, especially when you are trying to balance the demands of your full-time job with family life and motherhood.
Do not feel shy about asking for help and do not feel guilty about outsourcing the tasks that you do not have time for.
This is something that I struggled with in the past, but I am learning that delegation is really the key to keeping it all together.
Tip #2- Batch household chores
Batching is a great productivity tip that you can implement in every area of your life. It is simply the act of grouping similar tasks together so that you spend time doing related activities instead of moving between tasks.
An example of batching in practice may be doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen at the same time. These activities are different, but they happen in the same place. This is much better than doing the dishes, going upstairs to fold laundry, and then coming back down to do the dishes.
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Tip#3- Get your kids to help
Depending on how old your kids are, this may not be possible. However, a great way to stay organized is by allowing your children to perform some of the chores that you would have otherwise tried to complete by yourself. I like to create a cleaning schedule for my kids to follow. By creating a schedule, each of them knows exactly what their responsibilities are on any given day.
Start by incorporating age-appropriate chores into their responsibilities. No matter how small it may seem, it takes some of the pressure off you and allows you to be more effective in other areas.
tip #4- Wake up early
This may not be the advice that you wanted to hear, but waking up before your kids is one of the best ways to stay organized.
There is nothing like having a quiet moment by yourself to organize your thoughts before the day starts. This time alone also allows you to review your goals for the day and to plan ahead giving yourself the best chance of success.
tip#5-Create A Great Nighttime Routine
Everyone talks about their morning routine these days. Without a solid night time routine, your chances of having a good morning are slim.
Spend some time each night reflecting on the day that has just passed. I also like to plan for the day ahead. I keep a notepad on my nightstand so that if I remember something in the middle of the night, I can easily write it down.
Planning your evening will also allow you to hit the ground running when you wake up each morning because you already know exactly what you have to do.
tip#6- Write everything down
I absolutely love writing things down. It helps me to remember my ideas and keep track of my progress for certain tasks.
Prior to being home bound, we used a chalk board in the mudroom to list out our activities. This helped us to stay on track. However, when 2020 happened, it became overwhelming trying to manage home life with 3 different school schedules, work and content creation.
I moved on from the chalk board and started to incorporate a planner and checklist system that has worked wonders in keeping our entire families schedule organized.
I start by using either a sketchbook or a notepad to jot down ideas as they come up. From there, I input the information into a planner.
My planner helps me to stay organized and keep track of all family events and deadlines.
I also created a printable checklist and task list for the kids to use to keep track of their school assignments and daily household chores. These have worked really well in our home, and I have put together a printable pack filled with all the planning essentials that you will need to stay organized as a working mom.
Think of it as your busy mom organization kit, which you can download for free.
FREE Organized mom printables
Download the busy mom printable planners! Having these are such a game-changer in allowing me to stay on track with all other things that I have going on at any given moment.
tip#7-Give Yourself Grace
The most important organization tip that I can give to busy moms is to give yourself grace. You are not going to get things right all the time, and that is ok. Instead, seek to always put things in perspective and remember what is most important. At the end of the day, your primary responsibility is to be present for your children in their formative years.
If you had to order takeout for dinner 2 weekends in a row, that is completely fine as long as you give yourself grace and not focus too much on the ‘things’ as opposed to the substance and meaning behind it.
If you are a working mom struggling to stay organized, I want you to know that you are not alone. With the tips listed above, you will have the tools necessary to stay on top of all the things that you have going on without feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Do you have any additional organization tips for working moms?
Leave a comment and share what you do to stay organized as a busy mom- I would love to hear from you!
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