I get asked all the time how I manage my time and balance work and family. To be honest, I don’t think I’m necessarily an expert in this category, but I do have a few tricks I consistently use to try and keep things as balanced as possible. When it comes down to it, though, my family always comes first. I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in work obligations or social events, but when I look at Sutton and Grey, I remember what my first priority is.
That being said, it’s not always easy to create a schedule and manage time. But after a few years of trial and error, I’ve learned these five things!
1// Save time by shopping at places that serve the whole family
This is a huge one! Not only do I enjoy shopping, but it’s also part of my job, so it’s important to be able to save time in this category by going to places that serve everyone in my family. River Island is a perfect example of this. I can pick up items for Michael, Grey, Sutton and me, which is amazing! Plus I love River Island for coordinating pieces for Sutton and I. Her shoes and little poncho set go perfectly with my sneakers and the matching sweater and midi skirt. Then I had to add the belt bag because doesn’t love a belt bag? You can wear it as a regular bag to- bonus!
So thankful for River Island for making dressing my family fun and convenient!
2 // Take advantage of nap/school time
If you’re a stay at home mom or work from home, then this is your time! Whether it’s housework, going to the gym or your job, this is the time to really get stuff done. I like to have a to-do list ready to go for when this time of day comes so I don’t waste any time trying to remember what I need to do.
3// Learn to say no
For moms with office jobs or any kind of demanding obligations outside of the home (volunteer work, organizations, etc.), I think it’s important to learn to say no. Before kids, and even after them, I had to learn that saying no to some things doesn’t mean I’m doing a bad job at work, it means I’m prioritizing. Now I try to only take on projects that truly fit with my goals so I don’t overcrowd my schedule with work.
4 // Delegate
It can be so hard to surrender control sometimes, but being able to delegate really does help save time for me. This can mean delegating at work, talking to Michael about where I need his help or hiring someone to come in and help with housework. There’s no shame in any of it and it’s absolutely worth it to keep your sanity, trust me.
5 // Have a routine and stick to it
Routines are one of my biggest time savers on a daily basis. I know kids can make things hard sometimes, but if you have a plan for your day and everyone knows what the expectations are, you’re bound to save some time. Start by creating dinner menus for the week and making a chore schedule (for you, not just the kids). Having these will take a lot of guesswork out of your day, which means more fun family time!
No one is perfect when it comes to managing time as a mom, but I hope these tips help! If you have any that you swear by, please share in the comments!
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