Time Management Advice For New Parents

When you become a parent, your time is no longer something that belongs completely to you. http://www.cloudmom.com

The time that you once had to work on projects, get things done around the house and run errands now belongs to piano lessons, gymnastics classes, doctor’s appointments and the little curveballs that life just happens to throw at you every once in a while. I know that I personally struggled with time management as life became more and more hectic with my 5 kids, but I’ve been trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution of managing my own time better. With a healthy mix of being organized and being realistic, my new process has been working really well for me.

How can busy moms prioritize their time better?

Prioritizing time can seem impossible for us busy moms, especially because we are constantly being hit with things that we don’t see coming. We think that we have all the time in the world to get things done, but the truth is, life happens. Kids get sick, we get calls from their school, there are doctor’s appointments, etc. All of these things happen and there are so many details in every single day, making it overwhelming for us. As a New Year’s resolution, I figured that I would try this: save the big chunks of time for the larger projects, and save the smaller chunks of time for little projects. If I have two spare hours in the morning, I’ll make a list of the bigger projects that I want to work on and get to work. Once I’ve started tackling the big projects list, I try not to look at my email, look at Facebook, or even answer my phone unless it’s an emergency. I love my mom to death, but if I answer the phone when she calls, I will easily talk to her for 45 minutes and lose valuable time that I could be using to get my work done.

For smaller tasks, such as emailing or calling someone, I usually try to do that on the bus while waiting to get my kids at school. I try to keep a giant list of all the things going on in my life, and the good thing about this is being able to cross things off. When I’m able to cross things off of my list, I know that I’m getting things done and I feel like I’m being productive. At the end of the day, if you don’t cross everything off of your list, you still feed good about yourself and you know that you’re on your way. Hey, we’re only human and that’s the best that we can do sometimes. My mom actually writes things down on her list that she’s already done, and crosses them off to make herself feel better. This is another great method to try if you want to feel good about what you’ve already been able to accomplish.

On a final note, don’t be so hard on yourself. Things that you won’t anticipate are going to come up, but you just have to keep chugging along. When things do come up out of the blue, you just have to deal with them because you know that they become your main priorities. You’re time is limited and you can’t do everything on your own, so try really, really hard not to let that hang over your head. I’ve learned that the second you become a parent, you start looking for any ways to organize your time better. If you’re a new mom and you need tips on how to become more organized with your time, I cover that in another video.

Parents, figuring out a system for time management is tough. What methods do you use to simplify your life and make the most of your time? Drop a comment below and share your tips!

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