I’m a working mom (and proud of it), and I’d bet that a bunch of you are, too. Let’s face it: being a mama is a full-time job in ITSELF (shout out to ALL the moms. Heroes), and balancing it all is just a lot. Over the years and the kiddos, I’ve learned a lot… and these 5 weekly tips for working moms are how I get through the week.
- I put out their clothes for the week on Sunday. Do I do this every single week? No, because sometimes the laundry isn’t done and there aren’t enough clean clothes to do this (I’m just a human trying to keep up with laundry for 5) but I do it a lot of the time.
- Depending on how busy the week is, I might make sandwiches for lunches in bulk (I don’t pack sandwiches for every day of the week but grabbing a yogurt and berries, to me, is a lot easier than making sandwiches. Just me?). This drives Bryan crazy… He says the sandwiches won’t be “fresh.” But he’s also not offering to pack the lunches sooooo, yea. Some people batch work, I batch sandwiches. And I’ve not heard ONE complaint from my kiddos (but I also make some pretty fancy sandwiches too so there’s that!).
- I make a list every Sunday of what I need to accomplish during the week – both in my business and for the family. This involves looking ahead to see what needs to happen. Is it Teacher Appreciation Week at school? Do I need a gift for an upcoming birthday party? Am I scheduled to speak on a podcast and need to prep notes? Things like that! I then break that list down daily by priority, which leads me to my next tip…
- I utilize every moment I can. So, for example, when I’m leaving for the carpool line, do I need to bring my computer? Can I schedule doctors appointments while waiting? Use allllll the time holes, friends. I’m actually writing this post in the car line. :joy: And sometimes I’ve been on my computer all day and I make a conscious decision to leave my Mac at home in lieu of vegging out to a Crime Junkie episode or reading a book. The point is, unless I’ve decided to take a break (which is a-okay!), I’m typically thinking about how best I can maximize every window of time that’s more than 5 minutes.
- Timers. You’ve likely heard me talk about this before. I use the FocusKeeper app for…well…a lot, m’kay? Not only do I use timers to stay productive in my business, I utilize them to keep myself and my kids motivated. For example: if the house is in disarray, I’ll enlist my kids’ help, and tell them we’re all gonna pitch in for 20 minutes to get it cleaned up. I set the timer and we get to work. They like it because they know 20 minutes isn’t a long time, and that once that timer finishes, we’re done! As someone who typically does things myself, this was a game changer when I started asking for help. And everything goes much faster when there are 4 or 5 of us, as opposed to just me.
So, how do you do it, mama? I want to know all the deets — we all need some help, and we allllll need some ideas. Share below, and let’s all get better at this balancing game together!