Today’s post will focus on a few organization tips for busy working moms. Juggling everything is hard, but it’s doable!
A working mom is a little like a superhero.
She ends wars between two siblings, handles her job like a boss, goes out of her way to maintain good relationships and manage to keep her home clean and tidy. (Most of the time, let’s be honest here 😉 !)
Is there anything she can’t do?
And like any awesome superhero, this type of mom has a secret weapon…
You said bribery? No, try again! (It only works with the kids)
Well… This secret weapon is called organization.
Working moms have so much to do in a day, that the simplest tasks can become overwhelming quickly, if they don’t have the right tools and systems in place (*read: implement the right organization tips for busy working moms*).
I mean, let’s take a look at a few thing you accomplish during the day:
- Find time to do the house chores
- Raise your kids “right”
- Sustain a good relationship with your significant other
- Be efficient at work
- And find time to rediscover yourself
That is to say I could go on and on with the list, but I’m sure you get the point:
Time is precious for you and your family, that’s why maximizing the time you have in hand is very important.
Read related post: Beginner’s Guide To Organization For Working Moms
So where do I come in handy?
Well.. first of all, I’m here to be your friend. Good relationships are based on trust, and I want you to know you’re taking advice from that nice neighbor that brings you apple pie once in a while 😉 .
And second, I’m grateful to be here today to help you implement these tips and tell you that I’m proud of you for trying to be an even better mom.
You rock! Are you ready?
What are these 5 organization tips for busy working moms, that can help you transform your life and motherhood?
1. Let go of perfectionism (for real this time)
Seeking perfection is something a lot of women struggle with. But as a working mom, it gets worse when you
know feel like everything depends on you. And if for any reason you fail, it means that you’re not a good mom or you’ve let down your family.
But this “reasoning” couldn’t be further from the truth.
It is so important for you to understand perfection is a myth that society has been trying to box us in for centuries… Always telling us how we’re supposed to look, what a good mother should do, what marriage should be like… I’m sure you can relate.
However, the best thing you could ever do for yourself and your family is to forgive. Forgive yourself like you would forgive your loved ones.
Maybe today wasn’t the best day of your life. You messed up (BIG TIME), forgot important things you had to do and felt too tired “to be there” for your husband that day…
But you now what? It happens from time to time in every household. And that’s totally fine. We should never forget that we make mistake to learn and grow from them.
You might fail to implement these tips for busy working moms at first, but keep on trying until you master them.
Perfect is boring anyway!
2. Separate your work and your personal life
*Ahem*! I know, it’s easier said than done… (did I just read your mind?)
I’m wondering if it is the same for our fellow men, but I’ve noticed that us women have a willingness to be good at everything that we do.
So much so, that we tend to over think and over do sometimes. We bring work at home, not always physically, but by thinking about it. We’re over-analyzing what needs to be done the next day and reminiscing about what could have gone better.
The same thing goes the other way around, when you bring your personal life at work. You might be tempted to answer a text during a very important meeting. You’re unfocused for what seems to be 5 minutes but your boss start noticing.
My mom used to always tell me:
“Djenebou, there is a time for everything”.
What I’m trying to say is that we should do things at their proper time, and do our best to stick to it. So if you’re home with the kids or having a date with your other half, be present.
Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. You want your family to be sure you will always be there for them and that they come first (after pizza and chocolate off course).
And if you really need to do something work-related, do it while the kids are asleep and your husband is taking a shower. Same thing goes for your work, make sure to be reliable at all time. You are a part of a chain and if your efforts weaken, it’s the whole chain that endures the damages.
I would suggest you to use your lunch hours to deal with personal matter. And If there is an emergency, try to go to the bathroom or somewhere private to fix the issue instead of doing it in front of everybody.
3. Plan all your meals ahead
What is the worst thing that could happen to you after a long day at work?
1 . Notice you didn’t save a day worth of work on your computer?
2 . Remaining patient all the way home to take off your 6 inch stilettos you dared to wear today and discover your swollen feet?
3 . Read this post and not apply these organization tips for busy working moms?
That’s bad, but definitely not the worse.
The worse thing that could happen to any working mom is to get finally home and realize there is nothing to eat in the house. Kids are throwing themselves on the floor and everyone’s waiting on you to make a move.
All the grocery stores are closed and you’re forced to buy pizza, AGAIN, for the 3rd night in the row (with kids screaming victory in the back as you place the order over the phone)
Could all of this have been avoided?
Absolutely, with a simple solution called meal planning.
Hold on a second mam’, What’s meal planning?
According to the kitchn.com, meal planning is asking the what’s for dinner question once for the whole week, instead of every night, and then shopping for and prepping the ingredients before cooking. We believe the simplest way to approach meal planning is with three steps.
- Select your dinners and their recipes, if needed.
- Shop for ingredients.
- Prepare those ingredients.
This tip alone is a game changer.
Especially when you pick easy and quick dishes that your family loves. And guess what? Because I want to be that good friend of yours, I’m offering you the:
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4. Schedule your family life
Maximizing your time comes also with learning how to organize your family life better, and implementing these 5 organization tips for busy working moms you’re reading right now.
But where do you start?
Investing in a big calendar for the family is a good way to start. This calendar will help you write down and visualize the different appointments, birthdays, vacations and other social obligations for the whole family.
The second step would be to buy a planner if you don’t already have one and take a good look at what you do and then write it down.
- Daily : Going to work, picking up Zoe from the daycare or is it Michael, your husband?
- Weekly : Cleaning the house, laundry, meal planning, going on a date with your husband?
- Monthly : Paying your bills, planning the next month, taking the kids on a new and exciting adventure!
5. Take some time for yourself
As a mother, you spend so much time worrying about others, that you often forget and overlook to take care of yourself. And the truth is, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.
Related: 10 self care ideas for exhausted moms
This concept isn’t about being selfish, but rather about making sure you take care of your own health and happiness. Moms often think everything is fine as long as everybody else is happy.
You’re doing yourself and your loved ones a huge disservice by thinking and acting like that.
Your kids, your spouse and everyone else who deeply care about you, don’t want to see all of this is becoming a burden upon your shoulders.
They want you to enjoy life, have your own dreams and be amazing.
Taking some quality time to take care of yourself doesn’t require you to “abandon” your family.
You can take 15 minutes a day to read a good book. Ask your husband to take care of the kids one afternoon to go to your hair appointment and do your nails. And slowly upgrade to have a girls night, take a weekend vacation with your mom and so on.
You need to understand one thing my friend, we all need a little bit of time just for us. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
Making sure you’re happy and confident in your skin is the best gift you can give to the people around you.
No, the house is not going to be set on fire if you’re gone for one day 😉 !
You you might come back and find that your house turned into a prehistorical cave, but it will still be your home. And your family will still welcome you with wide open arms, to tell you how much they’ve missed you.
Are you ready to apply these 5 life changing organization tips for busy working moms?
ON A FINAL NOTE…
Being a mom is one of the greatest blessings of life. Nevertheless, it can also become challenging with the overwhelming amount of things one has to accomplish to “keep the house up and running”.
We need to accept the fact that there will never be enough time to do it all at once. And trying to so, is like chasing after a fantasy that will never be real.
Being an organized mom is not about having more time on your hands. It’s about learning how to be the most efficient with the amount of time you already have and make it work.
It’s hard at first to implement these tips, but focus on one thing at the time and you will see that it gets easier and better along the way.
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