Motherhood Time Management 101

Motherhood is not necessarily put on the “to do” list every day, but it sure takes intentional time and effort. Sometimes more time than I anticipated when the “curve balls” come into play like sick kids or your mother intuition kicks in and you just KNOW you need to spend those moments cuddling with your kiddo.

All that to say, as mothers, we know that life can be hectic, stressful and some days, just plain crazy. So, how do we manage our time? Whether you are stay at home, working full time or developing a side hustle while staying at home – being a mother already entails a lot, so how do we manage our schedules, while keeping sane?

Here are a few quick tips from the mama who always overdoes the daily “to do” list.

    • 1. Set daily goals that are attainable
      I tend to never do this just quite right. I fill my daily to do list with EVERYTHING that probably should get spread out in the week. Set goals that you can attain and That make sense for your workload of the day. You want to set goals that are attainable without overstretching yourself. Begin to get familiar with your time and always keep in mind of the “curve balls” that might come up. The more you set goals that you can reach, the more you will keep going at your to do list because you will stay encouraged!
    • 2. Step away from the block in your hand (aka your phone)
      I am talking about the phone, social media, or internet. Put away the time wasters in your life. This might not be your phone, but figure out how you are wasting your time and remove it. Start to be present with your kids, with yourself, and with your intentions for the day. Sometimes we give ourselves a “break” to scroll on social media and then we end up spending hours there. STOP NOW. Become present. The more present you are then the more productive and intentional you will be with your day and your time.
    • 3. Set work hours + do not forget to schedule in fun!
      This is so important. Give yourself work hours. Figure out times when kids are napping, playing or being cared for that you can claim as your work hours. Honor and respect this time. The more of a schedule you can give for yourself in the constantly changing unknowns of motherhood, the more intact you will feel and a bit more in control of your day. Get to know your schedule and own it. Do not let time slip away because of lack of planning. Set it up and be persistent.

      OH AND – do not forget to have some fun in the process. Schedule it in. Take time for yourself and make time to have fun on the weekends with your family. The more fun you can have – the more balanced you will feel.

    • 4. Know that you have permission to say NO.
      Did you know this? You do not have to be supermom and say yes to everything. In fact, you can say no and encourage you to do so. Be empowered in the No and respecting your time and boundaries. This is where you need to evaluate your priorities and what you want in your life. Start asking the questions like, “Is this life giving? How do I feel after I am a part of this? Is this necessary right now or can I possibly help or be a part of this at another time/season? Learn what works for you and do not feel guilty for respecting your time and space and saying no to things that do not match your priorities in this season.
    • 5. Sleep mamas, please sleep
      I can always continue to take this advice for myself, but seriously, this is so important. Learn to sleep – more. We all have different bodies, sleep schedules and needs. Learn how much sleep you need to fully and joyfully function and start to plan for it. I find that most of our problems is rooted in not the motion of getting to bed at the right time, but it is the fact that we scroll on our phones for hours after laying our heads on our pillows. PUT THE PHONE AWAY. Turn it off or put it on do not disturb mode, or plug it in across the room. Do not let the phone dictate your mental and physical health. SLEEP mamas, you really do need it. Start taking better care of yourself please.
    • 6. AND BONUS: Let go of being “perfect”
      Seriously, let it go. You are not perfect and this “perfection” you are striving for does not exist, so just let it go.

My hope for you is that you know to have grace on yourself. Every day is different, but you can keep your sanity by setting up some structure as well as new habits in your life. Stop making excuses mamas and manage your time wisely. We only have 24 hours in the day, how are you using them?

From your overly ambitious ‘to do’ list mama,

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