5 Essential Time Management Tools For Happy Working Moms
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There are many ways to keep organized but here are 5 essential time management tools for happy working moms. One of the greatest struggles for moms who work is managing their time effectively with everything that they have to in order to keep themselves, their kids, work and the house together. With so much to do in a 24-hour period, it’s so crucial for us moms to use tools that will help them manage everything.
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How to organize yourself
It may be impossible to get everything on your to do list done in one day. What I do is a weekly brain dump where I write down everything that needs to get done. Afterwards, I start to separate the tasks into different days (including whether it will be done in the morning or the afternoon).
Here you should make note of the chores that will be done daily and figure out whether you should make it a part of your morning or evening routine. For example, doing the dishes is a part of my morning routine every single day while vacuuming the upstairs hallway only happens once a week. Read this blog post to help you set up your cleaning schedule.
Before using any time management tools
Before you use any of these applications, remind yourself that as a working mom, you will need to divide your tasks. Do not set yourself up for failure from the beginning. You can delegate tasks to different members of the family. I love to incorporate my kids into the tasks too (age-appropriately). Lastly, remember that whatever you decide to use to help you manage your time well, you will need to do it consistently for at least 2 weeks. After that it will become more of a habit and easier to maintain. That is how you ultimately create more balance and harmony into your life.
My top 5 time-management tools
- Cozi digital app – this is a new app that I am using. I became aware of the application through the YouTube channel of @BeautyTheBeastons. Thank you! It’s an application that can be shared with other family members. There you can add your daily schedule along with your morning and evening routine (which I’ve been doing). It’s an easy way to see what others have going on if you are working and moving around throughout the week. During my busy seasons at work with meetings and events, I would utilize this tool, so my partner knows what is going on outside the home.
- Google calendar – this is my main calendar for work purposes. I work managing and supporting youth programs, so I need to keep track of weekly and daily meetings. This way I make sure I am not over committing at work if I say I promised to take my son to the museum. It is also a way for me to separate work and home life, and make sure I am setting my boundaries effectively.
- Alarm clock – this helps me for any appointments and/or phone calls that I need to make. Additionally, I use it to remind myself to let go of the phone and get ready for bed. As a working mom/prenuer it is very easy to just keep working, working, working…but this reminds me it’s time to focus on my self-care. You can simply use your phone as an alarm clock!
- Kitchen white board – we are visual people in my home. My toddler also enjoys seeing a visual calendar showing what he is going to be doing for that given day. Our kitchen whiteboard allows us to place those routines there. Also, when something is running out in the house, we use the white board as a place to write what we need more of. This way when I make the weekly grocery list, I just have to look there instead of both of us backtracking to remember.
- Personal planner – I keep this on the move in case there is anything new that I need to add. I also place a list of both my morning and evening routine in my planner. I use it to check off what I have done and what I have left to do. Go grab my free planner to help you do the same!
Whether you are a digital organizational lover or like to hand write your tasks, these tools above can all be super useful. Figure out what works best for you and stick for a few weeks before giving up on it. It is all about consistency and building habits.
Have you used these already? Anything new you want to try?
Let me know below!