Do you ever feel at the end of your day your have been busy all day, but not really accomplished much? Does your to-do list still have all the same items from yesterday and a few more for today? You look around and it seems like other moms accomplish so much every day. What are the secrets of working moms who get so much done – it seems like they do it all.
Here’s the first secret, moms can’t do it all. Whatever “all” is to you (keeping your home clean, working full time, washing the clothes, taking children to therapy or sports events, preparing school lunches, making dinner, helping with homework and so much more), I don’t know any mom who can do it all alone.
Does it seem like other moms are doing so much? Maybe you feel like they do so much more than you can do. Here are 5 secrets to help you maximize your time and get more done.
5 Secrets of Working Moms
They Set Priorities/Do the First Things First
As moms, we are busy. We have many responsibilities every day with our family and our work. Moms that appear to do it all know the secret of setting priorities. They always do the most important things first.
They know that homework has to be done before playtime. They know it’s best to make all the lunches, pack all the bags for the next day the night before.
These moms also set priorities with their time. We all only have 24 hours in a day. These time managing moms only spend time on the things that are most important and top priorities for them and their family. Setting priorities means less time watching TV and less time on social media and more focus time on important tasks.
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They Use a Planner and Stay on Schedule
Busy moms know that using a planner will help them manage their time and stay on a schedule. Your planner is your daily guide for the day. I find if I forget to add an appointment or task to my planner, then it doesn’t happen. The more I use my planner, the more successful I am in completing the most important tasks. If it’s not on the planner, it doesn’t happen.
A personal planner is a tool to help you schedule and manage your time. A planner helps you see the big picture for your day, your week, your month and your year. Plan your time carefully to get more done.
Just a quick note about routines, add your routines to your planner as well. Be sure to include all your routines like weekly grocery shopping, cleaning routines, and more. Routines will also help you manage your time and stay on your schedule.
They Know When to Say “No”
Busy moms know when to say “No”. They recognize they cannot accept every invitation, their children cannot play every sport and be involved in every after-school activity. We all have time limits. Sometimes we have to say no, and that’s okay.
Moms guard their time and commitments. They don’t allow themselves to be overscheduled and stressed because every day has too many activities. They select only the best commitments for themselves and their families.
They Get Enough Rest/Sleep Every day
Busy moms know the importance of getting rest and 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Being well rested is essential to getting things done. Without sufficient sleep, you will not be energized to complete your daily work and tasks or to take care of your family.
For me, I need at least 7 hours of sleep every day. Since I get up at 5:00 a.m. (no, I am not a natural get up early girl), I need to go to bed by 10:00 pm every night to get the rest I need and not feel totally exhausted the next day. How much sleep do you need? What is the right amount of sleep to give you all day energy?
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They Anticipate the Unexpected
Do you know the mom who seems like nothing ever takes her by surprise? She always knows what is going to happen next? No, she doesn’t know the future and she doesn’t read minds, but she anticipates the future so nothing takes her by surprise. If the unexpected happens, she has a plan.
She also doesn’t let the unexpected control her. She takes control of the situation. She doesn’t panic or become afraid, she knows what to do next. She stays calm when others are not.
As moms, we all have days when there is too much to do, too many places to go, and we need help from others. If others offer help, we can gracious accept help. If we need help, it’s okay to ask others for help too.
Our family and close friends can be encouraging and helpful to us when we can’t do everything by ourselves. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it.
You can be a mom that doesn’t have to be overwhelmed and gets things done. Follow these 5 steps: start by setting your priorities every day and do the most important things first. Use a planner to schedule your time and be protective of every valuable minute. Recognize it’s okay to say “no” when you are not able to meet a commitment. Get the rest you need every night. Finally, be prepared and anticipate the unexpected.
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More Ideas on Balancing Work and Life as Mom from a few of my Friends:
This post is part of a blog hop where a group of bloggers are all sharing on similar topics (Working Mom, How to Balance). To find more inspiration, check out these awesome blogs:
- Daily Momtivity (http://dailymomtivity.com)
- The Buccio Clan (www.thebuccioclan.com)
- Peaches and Pickles (www.peachesandpickles.org)
- Simple at Home (Simpleathome.com)
- Sara B Nash (http://www.sarabnash.com)
- Craft Create Calm (Http://www.craftcreatecalm.com)
- Multitasking Mom (http://www.themultitaskingmomsite.net)
- LedyLiz (http://ledyliz.com)
- Home Maid Simple (http://homemadesimple.com)
- Sweet Discord (http://www.sweetdiscord.com)
- Misty Shaheen (http://mistyshaheen.com)
- Suzi Whitford (http://www.startamomblog.com)
- Angela Coleman Sherman (http://www.thenonhousewives.com)
- Faunya Estrada (http://thisismethenblog.blogspot.com)
- Melissa Hunt ( http://www.deuxbella.com)
- Suzanna Claire Davies (http://onehooliemama.com/2016/02/can-just-not.html)
- Myda Tahir (http://ummeummah.blogspot.com/…/10-hilarious-happenings…)
- Winona Rogers (http://simplesouthernfamily.com/twenty-practical-tips…/)
How can you be a mom that does it all? Are you setting your priorities every day and following a schedule?