Organize Your Day As A Busy Mom 5 Easy Life Hacks
Running a business and raising a family can be extremely hectic. Knowing how to organize your day is essential in fitting everything in.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed each day by all the responsibilities entailed with being a Boss Mom.
People often ask me how I find time for it all.
Over the years I’ve developed a few small but useful hacks that make my crazy life run just a bit smoother.
Below are my tips on how to organize your day!
Tip #1: Say NO!
When I first started working from home, I used to say yes to everything. Whether it was school functions, volunteer opportunities, work assignments, parties, favors from family and friends – I simply didn’t want to say no.
People who work a 9-5 tend to think, “Well she’s home all day, she can help”. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or pass up a good opportunity, but I ended up feeling overwhelmed and under-appreciated. The most useful tip on how to organize your day is to learn to say no.
If you can’t fit it in, then don’t!
Tip #2: Prep the Night Before
I am grumpy in the morning (I’m working on it!), and I don’t like to rush. Weekday mornings used to be a tornado of trying to get four kids to three different schools; getting the hubby to work on time; preparing lunches; picking out the day’s outfits; signing permission slips; and making sure homework is in all school bags.
By the time they left I needed a nap! So this one is definitely an important tip on how to organize your day.
Almost everything now gets done the night before. After dinner, I sign agendas and permissions slips; I’ll give bus fare to the older kids; all kids pitch in and make their own lunches, while I pack my husband’s; backpacks and after-school sports equipment go by the front door; clothes for the next day are chosen, which helps eliminate the “You’re not wearing that” and “I can’t find my jeans” meltdowns in the morning.
On Sunday evenings, in exchange for me not bothering him during football, my husband irons everybody’s clothes for the week.
The last things I do for myself each night is write my to-do list for the next day in my day planner, and set my trusty coffee machine to 5 minutes before my alarm goes off. Waking up to freshly brewed coffee is a simple little mommy mood-booster. 🙂
Tip #3: Start with Something Big
You may not be able to finish everything you want to accomplish in one day. And we all know there are certain tasks we tend to put off and procrastinate on. So each night when planning your next day’s to-do list, those particular tasks should be first on your list.
This way you are able to tackle them first thing in the morning and get them out of the way. And if you aren’t able to get to everything on your to-do list that day, you can still feel a sense of accomplishment knowing you finished that one large project you’ve been putting off.
Tip #4: Schedule Breaks During the Day
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little “me time”! Everyone can benefit from this. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, you work from home, or have a 9-5 job, scheduling little breaks throughout the day can be a huge help!
Your coworkers, boss, children, husband, etc. ask you questions and need something from you all day long. So taking a little “me-time” is necessary to recharge. On your lunch break, go to your car and listen to music. After dropping the kids off at school, treat yourself to a manicure. Even if it’s as little as 10 minutes, it will help you clear your mind and prepare you for whatever is thrown your way next.
Tip #5: Make Weeknight Dinners Easier
I pride myself on making delicious, Instagram-worthy dinners. It’s important to me that my family gets a homemade meal most nights of the week. However, I cannot afford nor do I want to spend hours in the kitchen every night.
So, what’s the best way on how to organize your day when it comes to cooking? … A meal plan!
I browse my one tried and true favorite site Pinterest for some easy and delicious new ideas. I’ll make a list of 5-6 meals for the week, allowing for leftovers one night or a dinner out. This also cuts down on grocery store runs because since I know what I’m making all week, I can pick everything up in one trip.
A few years ago I rediscovered the joy of the Crockpot. I use mine at least once a week; much more in the winter. The slow cooking appliance is perfect for stews and soups. I spend 20 minutes chopping and prepping ingredients in the morning, and then dinner is ready as soon as the kids sit down to eat. Using my Crockpot also cuts down on cleaning time since everything is all in one pot!
The truth is this: life with a big family and a home business is always going to be filled with a million things to do.
But if you can find a few simple tips on how to organize your day and make your day less hectic, you’ll find time to enjoy life a little bit more!
What are some of your daily organizational tips? Comment and let us know below!
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