Earlier this week, I launched my new series focused on bringing working working moms together. It’s already been fun sharing my experience and I’m glad to have found so many women to share this journey with.
It seems that time is one of the biggest struggles we all share, namely having enough of it. So today I thought I would share some things that are helping me make the most of my time in our current season.
Five Time Saving Tips for Working Moms
1. Set Yourself Up for an Easy Morning
I prep everything, and I mean everything, the night before during the work week. Outfits are laid out, lunches are ready to go, bags are packed and set out by the door and even our coffee maker is set on a timer.
I’m not a morning person, so this process is crucial to make our mornings run smoothly. Plus, I’m convinced that things take way more time when you’re in a rush so ultimately we’re ready more quickly.
2. Cook Once, Eat Twice
Getting dinner on the table has always been a struggle for me, even when I was single way before I had a family. Over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of meal planning every week. While I’m not perfect, for the most part we make dinner every night.
One thing that has worked well If I’m in the kitchen anyway, I try to think ahead. For example on Sunday I chopped and marinated the veggies for Sweet Potato Fajitas while I was making Sunday’s dinner. Similarly, last night I prepped a slow cooker meal while I made dinner. This morning all I had to do was turn it on, which will make tonight a breeze!
3. Utilize Your Lunch Hour
As a working mom one major lesson I’ve had to learn is that the only way to get it all done is to integrate my life. It’s impossible to keep my personal life at home and my work life at the office. I’ve learned to fit my personal to-dos into my work day and my lunch hour is when I get them done.
Every other week I’ll run out for a manicure and the other days are when I make phone calls, do my meal plan, handle our family budget, etc. It’s the only way I’ve found I can get it all done! Plus, it allows me to be present during those few precious hours of mom time I have in the evening before bed.
4. Protect Your Weekends
Oh man have weekends changed over the years! Gone are the days of trying to pack as much as I can into my two free days. These days, I love having weekends with absolutely no plans.
Of course, we’re social people and our weekends fill up. However, I’ve learned to protect our weekends and try to bookend any travel or events with free weekends. Having time to decompress is my key to staying sane and this is the only way I’ve learned to make it happen.
5. Share the Responsibilities
Our family could never function like it does without two active parents. Keeping our shared calendar up to date is the key to our weeks running smoothly. This process was one of my most requested topics last year, so I wrote this post on the topic. Months later, this process is still working great for us!