10 Top Tips For Busy Working Mums
Being a working mum certainly means you’ll have a busy life, so it’s important to plan and organise to ensure everything runs smoothly each day.
Here, we have 10 top tips for busy working mums, to help you better manage your time and get some time to relax.
Learn to Say ‘No’
It can be difficult to say no when asked to do something, but sometimes it’s just not possible to do everything for everyone!
It’s important to prioritise, and remember you don’t need to keep doing flavors for others.
You could alternatively set up a ‘job share’ system with friends – if you always pick their child up from school on a Wednesday perhaps they could take your child for dinner on a Monday for example.
Accept Help When It’s Offered
If your husband offers to cook dinner or do some laundry, let him!
Whilst he might not do it to your high standards, it will save you some time which can then be used doing something else, or even just give you a minute to relax.
If you can afford to, why not consider getting a cleaner in once a week to take a job off your hands?
Don’t Worry About Perfection
Many mums are perfectionists especially when it comes to the house.
The pressure of seeing friends and family posting pictures of their perfect home life on social media doesn’t help either.
Whilst we’re not suggesting you leave the house uncleaned for weeks at a time, try not to worry if there are a few crumbs on the floor or the shelf is getting a little dusty.
Your kids would much rather your spent time with them than fretting about keeping a spotless house.
Besides, we all know it’s impossible to keep the house looking immaculate when there are kids around!
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Limit Screen Time
Spending hours scrolling aimlessly through social media is something we are all guilty of.
A quick 5 minute check of your phone can turn into several hours wasted away with nothing to show for it.
Try to set limits on how long you will spend checking your phone each day, or only check it after all the other jobs have been done.
Set Reasonable Work Hours
If you have the option to control your working hours, do so. Try to keep work at work, and don’t spend hours at home answering work-related emails.
This can help you manage your time better and means you know when you’ll be able to spend family time with your kids and partner.
Don’t take on more than you can handle – you might find you want to cut down the number of hours you work after having a baby.
Prepare for the Morning, the Night Before
Mornings can be a bit of rush if you start work early and have to get the kids ready and dropped off at school first too.
Make mornings run more smoothly by packing lunches for you and the kids the night before.
You can also lay out everyone’s clothes for the morning and make sure bags and jackets are hanging ready by the door. This brings us on to the next point…
Wake Up 15 Minutes Earlier
If your kids are usually your alarm clock, try getting ahead and setting an alarm for before they usually wake up.
Even giving yourself just 15 or 20 minutes in the morning can let you get organised in peace.
Of course, getting enough sleep is also important when you’re a busy working mum.
So, if you are going to be rising earlier, try heading to bed slightly earlier so you still get enough sleep.
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Spend Quality Time with the Kids at the Weekend
If you spend a lot of time away from your kids during the week, try to schedule in some fun family time at the weekends.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on days out every week – as long as everyone is together as a family the kids will be delighted!
Try having a family games night or go on a nature walk together.
Take Some ‘Me Time’ When you Can
Time to relax is important for everyone, but even more so for busy working mothers. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day to enjoy a cup of coffee, this can really help recharge your batteries and help you manage the rest of your day better.
If you rise before the kids in the morning, have your cuppa before they get up so you can enjoy it before it goes cold!
The majority of mums put their kids’ needs first, but it’s important to do something you want to do from time to time too.
Don’t be afraid to ask your partner or a family member to look after the kids for a while to let you take a soak in the bath or go for a massage.
Ensure you take time to look after yourself – your kids will notice the difference when mum comes home happy and refreshed too!
Use Apps to Your Advantage
We mentioned above that It’s a good idea to limit screen time. However, there is an app for everything nowadays, many of which are very useful for busy mums.
Mums with breastfed babies might like Milk Stash, an app to keep track of how much breast-milk they have pumped and when.
There are apps to help find great, trusted childcare such as Bambino which is ideal for if your child won’t be attending their usual childcare setting.
If you struggle to delegate tasks in the house, Chorma is a fantastic app which can help.
It allows you to assign tasks to certain members of the house, who will earn points for completing their tasks.
It’s like a family planner and reward chart in one!
You can also find apps for managing money, giving DIY tips and finding quick and easy dinner ideas.
The possibilities are endless, and these apps could save you a lot of time and stress!
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