If you’re a busy mom, you know how challenging it can be to stay organized. You’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and it’s hard to keep track of everything you need to do before taking care of the next task. And then there’s always another task that you have to get done first. It’s enough to make even the most organized person feel stressed out. But there are ways to help busy moms stay organized. It can be hard to keep all of the balls in the air. But you can do it! There are many helpful and practical tips to help you stay organized.
1. Plan Your Day The Night Before
Before you head out to start your day, plan out exactly which tasks you’ll do. Make a list of everything you need to get done. If it’s a big list, break it up into smaller tasks that can be accomplished throughout the day. For example, if you have to make dinner for your family at 6:00 p.m., plan out what ingredients you’ll need and when to shop for them. By planning your tasks, you will be able to accomplish them before the day starts. When you are ready to get going, don’t wait until the last minute.
2. Keep a To-Do List with You
You should keep a to-do list or planner to help you stay organized. As parents, we have so many things to keep track of, groceries, kid’s doctor visits, parent-teacher conferences, soccer practice. There are just so many things that moms need to remember, that it’s almost impossible. That is why unloading some of these tasks onto your planner or personalized notepad sets would be helpful. That way when someone asks, “What are you doing Thursday night?” you can refer back to it quickly and find something fun and easy! You can write notes on your calendar for specific tasks, but keep it simple to see the entire month at a glance.
3. Maximize The Weekend Or Your Days Off
If you have time on the weekends or days off, take advantage of it. Have a big clean-up day, and make sure all your laundry is done. Go through all of your closets and drawers and organize what you need to keep. Sort through the mail and shred old paperwork. If you have kids, set up their rooms for the weekend so that they can be ready to go right into school when they come home.
4. Plan Your Work Week
Planning your workweek will help you stay organized throughout the week because you know what’s coming up next. You can also plan out your lunch and breaks to take care of yourself at just the right times throughout the day (and avoid spending too much money on lunch!). You can also plan out how much time you’ll need to get things done during each workday to know how much time to allot for each task.
5. Delegate Jobs To Other Family Members
It cannot be easy to keep up with everything when you have a large family. If you are running behind in your household duties, don’t hesitate to ask someone else to do it for you. For example, if your daughters are getting older and their rooms are a mess, ask them to help you clean them by putting away their clothes and organizing their drawers.
6. Wake Up Early
Nothing helps you get a head start on your day more than getting up early. Whether it’s 5 minutes before work or 10 minutes before bed, try to find ways to wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than you normally would get a good amount of work done in the morning. This will give you time to relax and prepare for the day ahead.
7. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
You may think that sleeping in is fine because it gives you a few extra hours to get things done, but if your sleep isn’t good enough, you’ll be tired throughout the day and won’t be able to accomplish anything! Try to go to bed at about the same time every night and don’t set the alarm for an hour before bedtime.
8. Hire Help If You Can
If you have trouble keeping up with everything, it might be time to hire help. Many different types of people can help you do things around the house, and family members can be great at this type of work.
9. Take Breaks.
Taking breaks throughout the day can help you stay on top of things. For example, if you are watching your youngest daughter while she plays a game on her tablet, try taking a break every once in a while to avoid getting too tired. Don’t overwork yourself. If you’re working hard to keep up with everything, getting frustrated and losing sight of what is important is easy. You need to work on setting boundaries and stick to them.
10. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination is the worst! It can make you feel like your entire day will collapse into one big mess if you don’t get anything else done first. Instead of putting off a task until the last minute, try working on smaller tasks to avoid procrastinating.
Parents, specifically mothers have to keep track of what seems to be an infinite amount of information. Not just for her agenda, but for everyone else in the family. That is why many mothers struggle with staying organized sometimes. As a Mom to a busy family, these tips are very useful. They will help you organize your time and get things done throughout the day.