Trying to find time to do it all? Here are some of my own time management tips that help me find the right balancing act in parenting.
Because we all have an insanely busy schedule.
When I took the leap a year ago and decided to work from home, I knew I was in for a ride. With a little one constantly by my side, I knew that being a WAHM also meant being a SAHM. Would I be able to handle it? Would I be able to focus on my career while being an attentive, caring mother?
I reflected on the time management tips I received throughout my education and various careers. In fact, as a former leader in retail, time management was key in running a well-oiled machine. I think experience in fast-paced industries (like fashion retail) has helped me in finding the right balance as a work-at-home-mom.
Here are some rules I live by:
WAHM Balancing Act: Some of my Best Time Management Tips
Lists for Productivity
Grab a pen, agenda, and a highlighter. Now, make them your best friends.
I thrive off of lists. I fill out my schedule, week by week, in order to prioritize projects and meet deadlines. Not to mention, the simple act of highlighting a completed task keeps me incredibly motivated. It’s a nice way to track how much you’ve done in a work day.
Routine is Key but Having a Plan B is Okay, Too
Kids thrive off routine. Heck, I love routine just as much as the next toddler.
As a family, we strive to keep an ongoing schedule. Sometimes though, things can go off track – and that’s totally okay. When I plan things out for the week, I always ask myself (about) the “what ifs”. Or, rather than panicking when things don’t go as planned, I think quickly and look for a new alternative.
I’m lucky to have family nearby to help out. When I’m having a particularly hectic week, I’ve got a handful of loved ones who’ll swing by to lend a hand.
Remember, there’s never any shame in asking for help when you need it.
I’ve learned that working for myself is hectic day-to-day. My schedule is always filled to the brim with projects and deadlines.
Over the last year, I’ve learned the importance in scheduling breaks, despite how busy I may be. I feel my best when I am well-rested and, therefore, my productivity levels shoot up. It also enables me to be a more hands-on parent.