Time Management Tips for Working Moms

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The most important lesson I’ve learned about time management since becoming a working mom is that we cannot do it all. I have a hard time letting things go and accepting that not everything will get done on my timetable.

If I had to choose one thing that keeps me sane it is making lists. I love To Do lists! They give me the freedom to tuck a thought safely away without using extra brain power worrying that I will forget to accomplish the task. Once I write it down I am confident it is somewhere I can go back to reference and I can let it slip from my mind for the time being.

I had to learn very quickly after maternity leave that if I wanted to stay sane, I would have to stay organized. Over the last year I’ve learned a few valuable lessons that I hope can help fellow working moms out there.

My tips for managing a family while being a working mom

  1. Utilize your lunch breaks: I get five 1 hour lunch breaks a week. That is five hours without a child clinging to me to get errands done! I often map out my lunches based on my To Do list and make a plan on how I can accomplish as much as possible during those breaks. Today I went to Target on lunch with coupon match ups I did the night before. I replenished our stock of baby food, formula and cat food! I also managed to get a few nice smelling candles for the house 🙂
  2. Use technology to your advantage: I wrote a blog post called Five Must Have Productivity Apps for the Working Mom that I highly recommend reading for some recommendations on easy apps I use every day to make life easier.
  3. Plan the night before: This was a hard one for me. Who has the energy after working a full day, wrestling with the baby over dinner and bedtime, and cleaning the dishes to plan for the next day?! I particularly don’t like this part but it makes the morning SO much easier and I am always thrilled with myself when I do it. My husband and I try to make sure dishes are done, lunches are made, clothes are set out and bags are packed for the next morning before bed.
  4. Delegate: No one can do it as good as you right? Right! It’s true. My husband does not clean the kitchen the same way I would and sometimes I get irritated when he puts things that should be hand washed into the dishwasher. Guess what? Oh well. Let it go. You have bigger problems, like getting to bed on time. Take any help you can get!
  5. Let go: You are human. You cannot possibly always be on point all the time. It is okay to not start that load of laundry or let your child play on the carpet which hasn’t been vacuumed since the weekend. Try to slow down and appreciate that your family will only experience these moments once.

I’m still learning every day how to be more efficient and survive the constant demands that are put on my time. Some days I feel defeated and discouraged and others I feel like I finally got the hang of this working mom thing.

What do you do to manage your time better?

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Monica Froese

Monica is a working mom who lives in Buffalo, NY, and has one daughter who was born in 2012. She has a fantastic husband, Rob, who has encouraged and supported her through the tough transition into working mommy-hood. Her passion is to empower other women who choose to work after having kids and to bring attention to the antiquated policies that plague working mothers in the United States. In April 2015, she traveled to the White House to provide feedback on how current policies impact working moms in a small roundtable with President Obama’s senior advisor. Monica has worked at a Fortune 100 tech company since she was 20 years old. She started while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in legal studies with the intention of going to law school. She ultimately decided to achieve her MBA and is currently a Marketing Manager supporting vertical markets. She enjoys taking time off to have mommy-and-me days with her daughter and spending quiet nights watching late night TV with her husband to unwind from a long day. Monica’s personal blog is Redefining Mom.

9 Comments

  1. Great suggestions, Monica. I struggle the most with preparing the night before. I’m usually so wiped by the time my little cherub goes to sleep, that I can’t get motivated to pack lunch, pick out clothes, etc. Something to work toward, I suppose!

  2. I can relate to you in many ways and I love the tips you shared.

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  4. Hi there, thanks for sharing with us! I personally think that working mum are super woman because they are working literally 24 hours per day. So I totally agree with you on the last tip. Thank you once again!

  5. I will not let it go when I delegate!! The hubby has to do it right lol ahhhhh it’s sooo hard to do but you are soooo right. Thanks for putting it out there and putting me in my place lol

  6. That is soooo true about allowing a little help. My daughter is 6 and my son almost 3, they love helping me tidy up, but i’m too busy telling them to stop helping me (thinking they’ll make a bigger mess). I once watched my 6 yr old washing dishes with my husband (he would wash and she would rinse)… I was stunned. My 2 yr old always asks for the toybox so he can pack his toys away… although he expects me to watch him doing it. It’s so much quicker to spot clean a partly clean room, than to clean up from scratch. Any help is great. Had a hard time learning that. The night-before preps really make a huge difference as well, they can shave off about 20 minutes in the morning. You’ll even be more relaxed and not in a rushed state of panic. Thanks ladies, your comments really encourage me… I often forget how many people go through very similar situations to mine.

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  8. The problem is because I am a teacher with a large paper load, I work in class (with low fuctioning, high needs students ) then come home to grade papers nearly every night. All of the child care seems to fall on me despite having a husband. He helps for awhile, but it is so inconsistent on a daily basis. He does pay for a housekeeper 2x month so that is great. Help me deal with my workload once I get home and after picking my son up from his activities. Help!

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