For busy mom of two, life can get a little chaotic at times. I’m sure you gals are with me on this!:)
Because over the years, lots of you have asked me how to efficiently and effectively manage time as a working mom. I’m indeed not an expert on it, but I’d love to share some of my experience with you. And hopefully, we can learn from each other.
Each day has only 24 hours. That is not going to change so we are going to have to accept it. What we can do is to decide how to allocate it.
1) Knowing yourself: This is the most important first step for time management in my opinion. You need to figure out what you want out of life before anything else. As work moms, we should also think about how we would like our life to be both in terms of our professional life and our personal life. Then you can come up with your own priority list. To me, I want to do my best each day at work, to spend quality time with my kids, and to take some time for myself. Finding the fair balance of the three is the key.
2) Having a plan: Well…I used to like it better when my days are spontaneous and random. But after having kids, routine and clear plan are very much necessary! Each day (especially weekdays), I have a clear idea of what needs to be done and I will find a suitable place for it on my schedule. I know this sounds easy, but time management is all about staying focused. When you have a plan, flawless execution is the key.
3) Effective multi-tasking: I watch my favorite movies when I do my cardio on treadmills, I listen to audio books when I’m driving long distance. I’m writing this blog when I oversee my kids practice their musical instruments. Multi-tasking sometimes can help save lots of time if we utilize it effectively.
4) Starting to delegate: I am a perfectionist. I used to be a “do-it-all-by-myself” super mom:P But guess what, you’ll burn out, and the people right along with you. Your spouse, nanny, maid, gardener, dry cleaner, take-out meals…so on and so forth, the point is being mom is not a one day deal, if you don’t start to delegate, you are accumulating stresses and tensions over the long haul. Burned out is surely the destination…even for “superman”:)
5) Knowing when to stop: One of the important concepts I learned from my Economics class is “law of diminishing marginal utility”, meaning that the first unit of consumption of a good or service yields more utility than the second and subsequent units, with a continuing reduction for greater amounts. It truly applies to our daily life as well! For example, if you believe that spending 4hrs in the gym is going to quadruple your result compared with a 1hr good workout, you need to re-think of it*_^ . My years of experience in life taught me that knowing enough is enough and when to stop requires more wisdom.
6) Taking time for yourself: Simply put, we are humans, not machines! We aren’t going to be able to keep up with work or our family if we don’t take care of ourselves . “Me” time is very important for busy moms.You gals know me well, my “me” time is the time I workout in gym, facial/massage time in spa, or simply shopping time at my favorite stores~~~:)