If you’re like most working moms, you’ve probably wished for a magical nanny who would cheerfully and efficiently tidy up the house, fold the laundry, settle the disputes amongst the kids, organize the play dates, do the grocery shopping, and prepare a delicious dinner for them all before 6 o’clock. Imagine the sheer joy of knowing that you wouldn’t have to do it all.
Unfortunately, I cannot gift you any extra hours in your day. But I can give you a few tips for getting organized and getting more done with the time you do have. Here are five organizational tips for working moms.
- Start earlier.
If your personal needs aren’t being met then you won’t be able to meet the needs of those that count on you the most. Set your alarm to wake up at least an hour before everyone else in house. This way, you can enjoy your 15-minute morning shower and a cup of coffee in peace before you tackle packing lunches, waking children and answering those morning emails. If you take the time to channel positive energy in the morning, you’ll be better equipped to handle the unexpected twists and turns that come throughout the day.
- Secure and maintain quality childcare
Knowing that your children are in the best hands while you’re at work will give you the confidence you need to be more productive while you’re away. Take time to get to know the person that is caring for your children and develop a strong relationship with them. Having this kind of relationship will prevent you from worrying unnecessarily about your children’s safety while you’re at work, allowing you to put your full focus on the tasks at hand
- Rethink your errands.
Assign tasks to others whenever and wherever you can. Perhaps you can’t afford to hire a full-time housekeeper, but you can afford to have someone come in once a week to do the laundry. Consider what tasks you can delegate to others so you can have more time in your day for your family.
- Establish your momtourage.
Become familiar with the people, places and things in your neighborhood that can make your life easier. Volunteer to meal share with your next-door neighbor. Coordinate your grocery shopping trips with your favorite play date mom. They say, “it takes a village” for a reason! When you find other moms in your life whom can help share in the overwhelming demands of mommyhood, you’ll lessen your load and increase your support group.
- Manage your expectations.
None of us can be everything to everyone. Once you’re able to grasp your limitations, you’re better able to manage your expectations. Perhaps you can’t be the weekly classroom volunteer, but you may be able to be the snack mom or assist the teacher in other ways.
The truth is all moms (working or not) will at some point become overloaded with their responsibilities, but the key is to manage your life so that we can evaluate our choices based on what’s best for our family.