Being a mom is hard when you’re juggling a million and one things at once. It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mom, a mompreneur or just a stay at home mom; it’s still busy and absolutely crazy. Moms wear so many hats and need to get everything done all in one day…
ALL. AT. ONCE.
It’s overwhelming and I had to come up with a system to get myself organized and productive. If I didn’t come up with a system for myself I’d probably get overwhelmed and curl up in my bed all day trying to escape from the madness. Here are the ways that I juggle everything as a single mom & entrepreneur.
I am a huge planner girl and I’ll say that with pride, I love planning so very much. I got into planning a few years ago and it’s been the best hobby that I could have chosen for myself. I use a few different planners on a daily and weekly basis and each of these planners helps me to schedule my time and organize my life. Being a single mother and an entrepreneur (owning two businesses) I need to keep myself as organized as I possibly can so this system works great for me. In the planner world, that’s what we call “Planner Peace” — being able to feel completely satisfied with your planning system and finding what works best for you. If you don’t have a planner or a planner system I do suggest that you look into it and set one up for yourself. You’ll see a difference in your organization and productivity almost immediately.
Block scheduling is a great way to plan out each aspect of your day so you can clearly see what you need to do and when you need to do it. I sit down the night before and block schedule my day into my Google Calendar, blocking off the times for each and everything that needs to get done in my day. When I say I schedule everything, I mean everything…even naps, breakfast, lunch and dinner times. This helps me to be more productive when I set schedules for myself. I have two businesses and two blogs so planning everything out helps me tremendously! Here is a great post I wrote over on my other blog about block scheduling. This will help you to understand it better!
Batching is a great way to be more productive and get more done within your day. The whole point of batching is to dedicate blocks of time to similar tasks to promote productivity and decrease distractions. Sound confusing? It’s not! I use batching for work by scheduling blocks of time for each blog posting activity, (outlining, drafting, creating headers, scheduling & social media) going through my emails, responding to my emails, getting work done for clients one at a time, cleaning, etc… Batching really helps me by allowing me to focus on similarly grouped tasks at a time so I don’t get distracted by something else. This has helped me especially with cleaning since I can easily get distracted while cleaning. I will block out 25 minutes to pick all of the clothes up off the floor and put them into laundry baskets in each room within that 25 minute period. This allows me to focus on picking all of the clothes up off the floor rather than cleaning that entire room at once. I also block out time for sweeping & mopping the floors in each room so I can solely focus on that task. There are so many ways that you can make batching work for you!
I’ve talked about this so many times before but when I create my to-do list I make sure to prioritize the tasks in order of importance. If I have any deadlines I will put those tasks first and then write down everything else I have to do based on how important they are for me to get done that day. While I may not get every task on my list done in that one day, it ensures that I get the most important tasks done and I’m not rushing to get those done last minute. Prioritizing your to-do list is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself, your productivity and your sanity. Take that advice from an insanely busy mom!
Schedule time for breaks
Yep, taking frequent breaks makes me more productive. Does that sound counterintuitive? It isn’t if you take frequent, short breaks that improve your cognitive ability, motivation and energy. Every two hours of working I will take a 15-20 minute break throughout the day. I will use this time to get in a power nap, go for a walk, go get coffee, get a healthy snack or get lunch. By taking these short breaks I can kind of recharge my mind and body so when I get back to my home office I can continue working at full speed. I do the same thing when I am power cleaning the whole house, I will take a 10-minute break after an hour of cleaning to recharge. This works extremely well and allows me to be more productive in the long run. Overworking yourself all at once can cause physical and mental exhaustion and it surely does.
Meal Plan & Pre-Prepare Meals
Meal planning allows you to see what you have planned for the week so you don’t have to scramble and last minute come up with something to eat for dinner. Meal planning has done wonders for my life and our mealtime. If you have time on a Saturday or Sunday it’s smart to pre-prepare meals for the week. I don’t pre-prepare all of the time, but there are weeks where I really need to pre-prepare because I know they’re going to be busier than other weeks.
Do you have any other tips for juggling a busy mom-life? Post them below!