“Am I doing a good job?”
Many stay at home moms simply don’t feel like they always have it together. It’s difficult to feel productive and organized when you’re juggling so many things at once. Not only do these amazing women manage their own lives but they also manage the lives of the mini humans that call them “mom”.
Moms everywhere, especially moms who stay at home, are consumed with all the challenges that come with the territory. Motherhood is a busy, challenging, constant, and sleepless job that is equal parts rewarding and frustrating. There’s always something or someone that needs your attention, signaling you until evening. The next day, it starts all over again.For moms, who choose to stay at home, life can be lonely, financially stressful, and downright difficult when it comes to finding balance. To the point that they may even question their decisions. Click To Tweet
Learning how to be a momager is the key to surviving the craziness. This skill will help you find calm within the chaos and order within the disorganization. Being able to create time for yourself while caring for others is essential. This post will help you feel more organized and give credence to your decision, among a group of super clever moms who stay at home.
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Managing Motherhood by Being Prepared
Despite (never mind the) opinions to the contrary, moms who stay at home also have a full-time job that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. Managing a household and multiple lives requires expert organizational skills, the ability to keep track of multiple schedules, constant to-dos and a stupendous sense of humor
Being organized means being prepared. It’s managing the resources you have in life to the best of your ability.
But just how do you go from overwhelmed to organized?
You plan the best you can and then take it one day at a time and one step at a time – just like motherhood.
Using Technology to be More Organized
Modern moms know how important it is to use all the tools they have available to them to stay organized and be productive. By embracing technology and all that it offers, moms who stay at home can better handle all the demands that come with running a household.
There are plenty of apps and digital products that can help you be more productive and even ensure that your kids stay organized too. Use programs such as Google Calendar or other planning apps such as Asana, ClickUp,Trello and Toggl to organize family responsibilities and tasks. Then make sure this calendar is synced to the devices of each family member. This way, everyone knows what’s happening when and what everyone else is doing at any given time.
Set reminders for yourself on your phone for scheduled tasks and responsibilities to make it easier to remember what to do. This is particularly useful on those days when everything seems to go wrong.
Regardless of which technology or tech hacks you use, it will help you stay organized, feel more prepared and get more done.
10 Top Tips for Moms Who Stay at Home
- To begin, use your diary or a planner to make a schedule according to your responsibilities, then block out the time required each day to focus on those tasks.
- Routines work. They keep you on auto pilot in the direction of “GO.” Create a routine for yourself and routines for your family (such as who does what and when in the morning) using a family planner and then make sure that you stick to it.
- Get up earlier than the kids to give yourself some “free” time to start your day right (with a cup of coffee, some yoga or meditation) so that you feel more prepared to handle inevitable unexpected situations that pop up once the kids are up and going.
- Prepare everything for the next day the night before, once the kids have gone to bed, so that the mornings run smoother. A sure kick in the pants to pandemonium.
- How to get it done? Create smart time blocks by doing 5 minute tasks right then and there such as putting away packages, filing paper, reading emails and sending a quick reply, when you can, (set aside time later for emails that require more attention) instead of allowing quick tasks to piggyback on more to-dos.
- When you have 10 minutes, go through your medicine cabinet, fridge or pantry and toss anything that’s expired.
- When you have 15 minutes, clear surface clutter, clean out a junk drawer or teach your little ones a new skill, like yoga, and you’ve then found a way to have fun while stretching!
- Learn how to manage your time by saying “no” to unfair requests of your time.
- Make sure you have a place for everything and that everything is in its place to avoid the stress and time lost from accidentally misplacing everyday items.
- Team work, works.Tag team with dad and build a support network. Ask for help when you need it from friends, family or outside sources. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. Your husband is your help mate and perfectly capable of getting things done. Perhaps not your way but good enough.
Being a stay at home mom is not an easy job. It requires constant effort and the ability to remain cool under pressure.
Moms who stay at home deal with many challenges on a daily basis and still manage to make every family member feel cared for and special. These incredible women deserve to be honored.
What’s your top tip for being productive as a stay at home mom?
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