Being a mom shouldn’t be an excuse for not fulfilling that great dream of yours. You may feel like every day is swamped by the different tasks and responsibilities you have to get done as a mom and business owner. Things like cooking lunch, getting the kids ready for school, doing the laundry, packaging your products, contacting clients, getting stuff ready for a project you are working on, etc. can be overwhelming when you realize that you don’t have much time to complete those tasks. The feeling of “24 hours is just not enough” catches up with you and you feel like you desperately need 48 hours to be a day.
This is where this blog comes in. As you read, you will learn how to be on top of the time management system as a work-at-home mom.
Why is time management a struggle?
With several tasks that need to get done in a day, many busy work-at-home moms tend to lose track of time. This is why time management could seem to be an everyday battle.
Here are some things to watch out for as you learn to master proper time management as a mother and business owner.
When you burden yourself with an endless list of tasks that you want to get done by the end of the day, may leave you feeling exhausted, burnt out and not productive.
Doing it all by yourself:
Instead of being that mom that believes that you have to get all the tasks done by yourself. Make life less stressful for yourself by delegating tasks and taking advantage of the many services offered will make your life easier.
If you allow scrolling and responding to comments on social media, excessive phone calls or texting, television shows, sleep etc. to pull you away from keeping your focus on your schedules, it could be difficult for you to manage your time maximally.
This is another reason why successful time management may seem impossible. If you as a mom have not taken the time to write and plan the schedule for the day or week, it may be difficult for you to get things done within the amount of time available.
Not knowing how to create a balance between home-making, caring for your kids, and running a business, can make life seem like a never-ending rat race.
How can you boost your productivity
There are so many tips available on how to improve productivity for a work-at-home mom but the major one that we encourage you to apply is having a time-blocking schedule.
This is a productivity secret that many busy moms in business use and see encouraging results. Time blocking helps them to focus on the tasks while enjoying their kids. It also creates an avenue for accountability.
What is Time Blocking?
Time blocking also referred to as block scheduling, involves having a set time for each task on your schedule daily. The time set aside to complete certain tasks is called time blocks. Working with a time-blocking schedule doesn’t mean you have to be rigid, rather it serves as a system to help you with time management. This ensures that you can plan and work at being more productive by the end of the week.
You may ask yourself “how do I incorporate time blocking into my day-to-day schedule and mom life?”
The answer is simple.
Take some time to plan and write the best time to get specific tasks done in your planner and work within those time blocks.
Yes, it is that simple!
Benefits of a time-blocking schedule
There are so many beautiful reasons why you should use time blocking. Below are a few of those reasons.
•Having time blocks helps to instil discipline. This is a great habit to have, especially on days you don’t have the drive to get things done efficiently as you would have any other day.
• When you plan your schedule with time blocks, it helps you to have a more realistic approach while creating your to-do list.
• You won’t need to put yourself under unnecessary pressure when you use time blocking because every task has its own time block.
• Also, time blocking helps you to maximize your time and energy while following your routine.
• Last but least, creating your schedule using time blocking not only helps you to get more done, it also makes a way for you to be more involved with your children.
The sense of fulfilment derived from knowing the number of things you can achieve and the consistency with which you achieved them is indescribable.
Here are some easy steps to follow while planning.
In order for you to get better at time management, the starting point of this time blocking journey is planning.
This may look different from one mom to another. For example, if you are a mom of three little toddlers, your schedule would be different from that of a mom of five teenagers.
So, just be you. Search for ways to batch tasks together and figure out what works best for you and your family.
List out all the tasks that need to get done from morning till night time all through the week.
These should include recurring tasks like house chores and meal prep, any work-at-home job that you do, and fixed appointments like a dentist appointment.
Estimate the amount of time that you will need to get certain work done. This could be 30 minutes, an hour, two hours, or even more, depending on the task.
While trying to break the tasks listed to the appropriate time block, consider your routine and that of your kids. Try to work around it, emphasizing the priorities.
Take a look at your work calendar and the school schedule of your kids to take note of important appointments or work.
In your planner, create blocks of time that touch not just your family or home upkeep but also your business.
You can also use a calendar app instead of a paper planner to time block tasks like responding to emails, making phone calls, working on projects,
Set aside time for your family
As you use time blocking to control how you spend your time, don’t forget to block some quality time in your schedule to spend with the most important people in your life.
Also, plan your free time !
Make it a priority to save some free time for yourself.
Here is an example of a time-blocking schedule
It is nice to tag a time frame with each block because it will help you stay accountable and feel guided.
Each time block is by no means a do-or-die kind of thing because you can make it as flexible or as structured as you desire.
time blocking schedule (Monday):
early morning personal quiet time
Get kids ready
Drop kids off at school and make a trip to the grocery store after.
work on a business project while the kids are away
Have lunch and spend time with the children
Appointment with a client
…….and so forth.
The goal is to focus on one task (ignoring all distractions), get it done, and move to the next. Following this system of scheduling gives you more control over your time.