Thursday, April 30, 2015

Moms, Manage Your Time at Home

The meaning of thrifty: (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.


As a new mom I am finding that there really doesn't seem to be enough time in the day. With taking care of an almost 3 month old, to keeping a house clean, and making dinners, the day seems to pass by so quickly. But what about the time you have for taking care of yourself? That for me is where it seems like I don't have enough time. When I get my little boy fed and diaper changed, I will spend some time playing with him in the morning and all through out the day. And next thing I know it, it's time to feed him again and another diaper change. Wait, didn't I just do that? Oh, 2 hours has gone by already! That is what most of my day is like. Please don't take this as me complaining because I love every moment of being a mom. I love holding my baby while I feed him. I love the diaper changing. I love playing with him and watching him grow and learn. I love it all! But I just wonder if there is a way to balance it all so that I can get my to-do list done each day.





Staying on Track

When I start my day I automatically will have a do to list in my mind, just building and building. Once it has compiled, I will narrow it down to the practical things. This list is not just every day house hold things but things I want to do for myself as well. While having this list in my head is good, it is better to write it down. I don't know about all of you but I have the most forgetful memory ever! I think it has gotten worse since I've had a baby. I can't imagine how fried my brain will be when a few more babies come! Anyways, get yourself a good notebook and label it "My To-Do List" or whatever you want to call it. Keep this book out in the open so that you will remember to write your list down. That way you won't forget to do anything. I find it to be best to start the list with the things you need to do in the morning then work your way through the day. If you can, keep times next to your task so that you can stay on track. You don't have to follow it minute by minute but it will help you stay on track the best you can.

I asked a few other bloggers how they manage their time as a mom and I want to share a few things from them. Tayler from The Morrell Tale gives some great advice on using a planner and calendars. She gives some great tips and has pictures explaining how she does it all. "Now as a mom, myself, (and a teacher), I know the importance of having an all-in-one calendar. However, I much prefer paper to electronics, so I have an actual planner, but the same ideas could be used for an electronic calendar. First of all, you’ll need these materials:
– A good planner (I use the Passion Planner)
– Highlighters
– Colored pens
– Sticky notes (skinny ones)"
Continued on http://www.themorrelltale.com/2015/04/practical-tips-for-busy-moms.html

Ashley from Grace Mountain Diaries explains that block scheduling is best for her and her family. She gave me an example of how her day goes:
"For me, with 4 littles, my day is broken up into almost a block schedule: Get everyone up/ready for day
Drive to schools
Home - I eat breakfast and do my quiet time. Throw a load of laundry in. Run 1 errand (I do this about 1 or 2xs a week)
Pick up preschool kids
Play/lunch
Naps/quiet times
Eldest home from school/play
Homework time/prep dinner/play
Dinner
Play/clean up
Bed
On sports days everything gets pushed up and we lose some play time and do sports instead. Having block scheduling instead of specific scheduling helps me. I'm not stressed out because I have minute by minute calendar but I (and the kids) still have a clear expectation of what our day looks like. Some days we change things up with play dates, but I try to limit that to once a week. With 4 littles, if we get too off our block schedules it can take a while to get back on it...and feel sane. "
How many hours in the day do we waste on social media every day? I know I am guilty of spending way too much on it. Way too much time. I think that setting a goal to really cut back on the amount of time we spend on social media will free up so much more time. Time I'm sure that we never knew we had! I think that a lot of us don't even realize how much time we waste checking our Facebook and Twitter or whatever social media we use. I think if we logged how much time is used in checking all of our accounts we would be blown away at how much time we could add to our day. That is all I am going to say on the matter because this could be a whole post long in and of itself.

There are so many different ways to manage your time at home and still care for your children and your self. One thing I want to point out...Don"t be afraid to ask your husband for a bit of help. Our husbands work hard all day and I always feel a little bad asking my husband to help me with a few things from my list. But I find that the moments I do ask for help, he is always so happy to help me. He will even ask to help me when I am cleaning or making dinner. Our husbands appreciate all we do at home, just as we appreciate all they do for us when they go to work to provide for their family. There is nothing wrong with doing some team work when it comes to maintaining your home and saving cherished time in the process.

Upcoming: I am writing an ebook! And it is almost finished. I am planning to release it sometime in May. If you have any questions about being thrifty or couponing, ask it here in the comments section below and I will try to address it in my book!

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Questions for YOU!
What are some ways you manage your time? Do you have some advice for new moms out there about time management? Please leave comments!

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4 comments:

  1. These are all great points. I am still working on managing my time because I recently decided that dedicating myself 100% of the time to housework, child care, and being a good wife might be laudable but it wasn't healthy for the individual. There should also be some quiet time, and time to pursue your own interests. Given that I've worked under the "put yourself dead last if at all" motto for 17 years it's taking me some time to reprioritize and find what works. My advice to moms is to not forget themselves. I ended up physically ill and emotionally drained because I never filled my own cup. No one should let that happen because then you have no energy to put into your family and that leads to guilt.

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment! It is so true that as moms we need to put time aside for ourselves. I figured this out the hard way. After getting so stressed out and feeling like I was stuck at home doing the same thing over and over, I decided that my husband gets to take the baby a few times a week for a few hours. This way I can get out and do whatever I want and just unwind for a bit. Thank you for the advice!

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  2. You do have to have time for yourself, these are great reminders. I love having a planner it really helps keep me on track!

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment Kim! Planners are amazing and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it through my day without a planner of some kind.

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