Time management: scheduling strategies for busy working mothers

As a parent, you have to fulfill numerous responsibilities and obligations like making tough decisions, ensuring the proper development of your child, teaching morals and values, setting some limits, providing a safe environment, developing mutual respect and getting involved in the little one’s education. However, parenting comes with great rewards as well. For instance, you get to watch your child grow up to be successful, be his guide when experiencing new situations or learning new things, receive hugs and kisses after a horrible day, understand what is really important in life and become a better person. Undoubtedly, such a small human being can make a huge difference to your life. There are many ups and downs of being a parent: you learn the true meaning of patience, you get to see things from a kid’s perspective, you feel proud and you realize that you can do things that you never thought you could do but you also wave goodbye to restful sleep, feel exhausted, lose your personal space and your identity.

Parenthood makes you value spare time

Even though parenthood is a life-changing experience, it does not have to turn your life upside down. Indeed, raising one or two children while struggling to climb the corporate ladder is not an easy job. In fact, not all mothers are able to achieve the perfect work-life balance so they choose to stay at home. One thing is for sure: whether you decide to keep your job or not after becoming a mom, you truly understand the value of spare time. The good news is that, regardless of how many tasks you must complete, there are ways to carve out pockets of breathing room from the most hectic day. However, the real secret is to know how to make 15 minutes feel like a whole hour, when you get to care for yourself. The most common techniques that all busy moms use in order to manage their time effectively refer to keeping just one calendar, learning how to delegate, never trying to do several things at once but instead, assigning a time limit to every single task, having a day-care plan and even working on weekends.       

Keep one calendar and work on Sundays

Some working mothers still keep two calendars, one for home and one for work, but this is a mistake because it will make you feel bifurcated. You only have a life so you only need one calendar that you use smartly to avoid appointment or meeting overlaps and make sure that you do not miss an important event, either at home or at work. Having both personal and professional items at your disposal at the same time will prevent focusing more on your work and overlooking the needs of your little one or the other way around. Furthermore, working on weekends might seem extremely tiring, but if you plan it right, it might become your secret weapon. More specifically, you can transform Saturday into a family day and go to the office on Sundays, which is ideal because it will most likely be empty every single time, giving you the opportunity to use the whole building as you please. In fact, you can even bring your kid with you, if you consider appropriate or if he insists to keep you company.

Avoid multitasking; try focusing on every task instead

Most new mothers believe that after having a child, they must learn how to embrace multitasking, but this is another mistake that makes them feel more stressed than normal. Although people have the ability to complete several tasks simultaneously, this strategy is very demanding. Shortly, you cannot expect the best results when having to divide your attention between two or more things. For instance, you cannot speak with a co-worker about a future project while preparing a meal for your kid. Instead, you should encourage your little one to help you prepare dinner or make some quick sandwich platters. You can even order some nourishing food and have that important conversation with your colleague but try not to overlap them. You will see that focusing exclusively on just one task will help you complete it faster and more effectively instead of juggling lots of different tasks and feel exhausted at the end of the day. In order to make sure that everything goes smoothly, make a systematic plan and just like mentioned above, assign time limits.

Learn how to delegate and how to say “no”

Most importantly, busy working mothers have to understand that they do not have to be in multiple places doing multiple things at the same time. At home, the spouse should also take on responsibility and be more present in the little one’s life. Those who are single mothers should not hesitate to ask the help of friends or family members. The same principle applies when it comes to professional life. Learning how to delegate or how to say “no” is very important when working on a team project or being part of a company. Only one person cannot push the business forward. Letting go and trusting others is necessary in order to increase work productivity and achieve common goals. Just because you ask for help it does not mean that you do not deserve a promotion or the admiration of others around you for excelling at both personal and professional life. Keep in mind that nobody expects you to be perfect. In fact, perfection does not exist so you do not have to dream about having the perfect figure or being the best parent.

Scheduling strategies to remember from this article

In conclusion, time management for busy working mothers refers to mastering some scheduling secrets, which refer to allocating enough time for sleeping, not multitasking, stepping away from distractions, learning how to delegate, throwing away that second calendar, not hesitating when it comes to asking for help, both at home and at work, setting attainable goals, daily and on the long-term, embracing the power of “no” and not trying to be perfect.  

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