I don’t think anyone truly knows their multi-tasking abilities until they become a mom…
Those skills are especially tested to full potential when you have not one but multiple kids and a job! Only then do you truly understand the depths and meaning of a “never-ending to-do list” and “not enough hours in a day”. I have to admit, it’s an ongoing mess that I’ve somehow learned to contain these last few months, so I thought I’d share my top time management tips:
Get into a M-F routine
Even though I hate routines and I believe they’re the culprit for complacency, kids need structure… Establishing a routine is more about helping your kids find a sense of familiarity in what they do. Between martial arts classes, dance practice, dinner, homework, and playtime, a weekly Monday – Friday routine has been key in managing my sanity. Use your weekends and holidays for spontaneity but your weekdays for structure.
Plan way in advance
The exception I make to the point above is if I have already planned other things in advance. With the line of work I am in, I travel occasionally and will be ramping it up in the next two weeks… My kids still need structure while I am away. Knowing those dates help me plan for everything else in between. This rule doesn’t apply only to my travel dates though. I don’t believe a mom should be confined to her home 24/7, which means you will need your occasional GNO or date night. Planning for those get-togethers in advance allows you to make arrangements for a sitter!
Maximize your nights and weekends
I’m one of those who can function on 4-6 hours of sleep and then crash after 2 weeks. Because of that, I see huge value in making good use of your nights and weekends. It’s not easy to run a blog, create content for others, and be a mom all at the same time. My nights (when the kids have finally KO’d) are typically spent catching up on emails, following up with teacher requests, signing forms, and checking homework. I spend my weekends shooting and editing for my personal blog so that it doesn’t interfere with the deadlines I set aside for my clients. Mom + blogging never sleeps…
Don’t be so uptight
I’ve learned that the more uptight and stressed I am, the worse everything becomes – basically your time management skills become nonexistent and you just lose all sense of coherence… To prevent that from happening, I advocate letting go what you can’t control. Do what you can and move on. Tomorrow is another day (and if it’s not, then it doesn’t matter anyway). Part of being a master multi-tasker is being flexible to the things life throws at you. It’s all in your attitude.