If you’re anything like me then creating a routine AND sticking to it can be hard. Everyday is different and there are so many variable that can happen in a mom’s life. Which is why I live off of several routines and use what fits me BEST that day.
This year I have decided to ditch the overwhelmed mom routine and swap it for an orderly home (and mind!).
Here are my top 4 routines for moms in need of some time management strategies.
The idea of Time Blocking is to schedule your day by blocks of time versus a regular hourly schedule that you’ve probably seen.
Time blocking was coined by the amazing Jordan Page from FunCheapOrFree and it’s a total game changer.
I love using time blocks when I have A LOT to accomplish in a day and need to be very strict on how I use my time.
Jordan illustrates how time blocks work by reminding us that we once lived this way when we went to school. Everyday we went to school and went through the day going from one period to the next. Only focusing on a single topic thus getting more done.
It’s honestly so brilliant, you can check out the complete concept over on her blog here.
I give myself a morning block M-F without fail because I need this time to get my oldest boy ready for school. So I use that time to get all my kids ready (might as well) and get us all going.
What you need to do is create groups of things you do daily and block them all together. Working on a single type of thing for a period of time will automatically make you more productive!
But with life happening and especially with a baby or newborn, you can’t always stay on track with blocks.
So thats when I switch to my “If This, Then That.”
If This, Then That
Okay so I totally made this up but IT WORKS!
This all started when I had my third baby and slowly but surely lost track of my last shower (TMI?).
Having two toddlers plus a newborn was pretty insane but I was fed up with not finding time for showers. Thus If This, Then That was born!
Basically what this is, is when something happens then another should coincide. For example, I knew my baby was happiest right after a nap so I started scheduling my showers on those times.
As soon as she woke up from her afternoon nap, I would settle her and prop her on her high chair, put on her favorite show and RUN!
When I realized how well this worked I started using this for other things.
Before I knew it I had a flow of things and instead of going by hours of the day I just waiting for my “this” to do “that.”
Another example, I used to struggle to find time to throw the trash because I’m usually home alone all day so I cant leave the kids.
So I started scheduling trash dumps every morning when I dropped off my boy at school.
I was going out anyway and the trash would be filled by then so it was the perfect time.
To get started with this, you will need to create a list of all the tasks you struggle to do in a day (your “this”) and then in a second column keep track of times of the day or opportunities where they can get done.
This will fine tune overtime as you continue to keep track and change your “that.”
How will you be using “If This, Then That?” I’d love to hear your ideas! Leave them in the comments below.
Before my baby girl was born, I used to be on top of a regular weekly schedule with specific tasks or projects by day.
This is a more basic routine but works great!
First start by creating a list of your daily tasks. Things that will get done regardless of the day.
Like doing the dishes or picking up toys off the floor.
Then you’re going to group tasks by day.
So for example, every Monday you can clean all the bathrooms in your home.
Next every Tuesday you clean the Kitchen.
Doing projects by day plus a few daily chores will help you manage your time (and tasks) better.
Simple Morning To do List
This is the simplest of all routines and if you have a hard time sticking to a plan this may be best for you!
In order for this to work best, I like to keep my home at ground zero before starting. Meaning: you’re not behind on any chores and your home is in its best shape.
Once your home is on ground zero, every morning you take out your planner or notebook and write down all the tasks that need to get done THAT day.
Remember to access your home and prioritize tasks.
This isn’t a list of everything that needs to get done.
This is a realistic of things that you CAN do that day.
My best piece of advice when implementing these time management strategies, is to use a combination of them.
Like I said, mom life is different EVERYDAY. Unfortunately, we can’t schedule or plan for tantrums but we can backup plans.
I use the blocks scheduling when I have a lot to do in a single day and will be more productive grouping tasks.
I use the If This, Then That for SPECIFIC tasks I find hard to accomplish daily.
The daily projects routine is good if you just can’t trust yourself to be responsible to get it all done in a single day and need a more focused task for the day.
And lastly, doing a simple morning to do list is a good idea to use on a daily basis. Unscramble your thoughts – get it on paper and see what absolutely needs to get done that day.