Hey, working mom. You may feel like the only one juggling too many things at once, but you’re not alone. I know how it goes, and I’ve got great news.
First, it won’t always be this crazy. Kids grow up, and when they do, you’ll remember these days with fondness. So take heart.
And you may have more power than you realize. I have some working mom tips for productivity that can encourage you. If these ideas work as well for you as they do for me, then I’ll have done my good deed for the day.
Here are my tips for anyone trying to juggle carpool, sports gear, music lessons, dinner plans—oh, and a job—all at once.
Start with You
Making time for yourself tops this list. Specifically, I recommend a weekly aerial yoga class (surprisingly easy to find on LivingSocial) or a Zumba session. Whatever you choose, ensure it stimulates more than just your muscles. The treadmill is great, but there’s something uplifting about shaking it to the beat or hanging from anti-gravity silk.
Wake Up Earlier
Stop snoozing your alarm. It’s easier than you’d think with my brilliant wake-up hack: Simply buy an outlet timer for your bedroom’s light, like Newegg’s 24-Hour Plug-in Mechanical Timer Switch, Timer Outlet. Then, program the lamp to turn on at the same time as your (loud) alarm clock each morning. This way, it’s much harder to ignore that annoying beep. The few minutes you gain from this trick may not give you much more time, but you’ll feel more in control of your morning, and that can affect your productivity all day long.
Use Your Tech
Ditch the pen and paper. Using the apps loaded on my smartphone empowered me to explore more programs that streamline everything from grocery shopping to carpool coordination. Here are my faves:
Subscribe and Save Time
You’ve seen subscription services everywhere, and now it’s time to try a few. Among my tips for productivity, I recommend Fresh Direct and Dollar Shave Club. And if clothes shopping is a time-suck for you, try out StitchFix or Gwynnie Bee.
Well, I’ve done my good deed for the day. Now that you know my secret tips for productivity, use them. And as always, pay it forward. Share this list of working mom tips with another harried woman who can use a little time management wizardry.