August 3, 2018

Working Mom Hacks

I've always been the type of person that has needed a big goal to work toward. Whether it was climbing the corporate ladder, starting a blog, or even just being a mom, I've always wanted to be the very best at whatever I was attempting. I've been back at work for a little over two months and have been juggling making all of the pieces work. So far, it's been easier than I expected, but it hasn't been without a lot of planning and life hacks. Here are some of the things that I do to make life a little easier-

1. Meal plan
I will never stop telling you guys to meal plan because it saves so much time (see post here). It completely takes the guesswork out of our evenings. When Lela and I come home, I know exactly what's supposed to be on the table, so I'm not running around the kitchen trying to throw something together. Instead, we go play outside until Dad gets home and I can enjoy my one-on-one time with her.

2. Use a planner
After I went back to work, I wasn't sure how I would be able to juggle working and maintaining my blog, but using a daily planner has helped a lot. I'm able to keep track of Lela's doctor's appointments, my personal appointments, travel schedule and blog content all in one place. I like to see what I have coming up so that I can mentally prepare for it.

3. Get your baby into a routine
I wrote a post last week about why your baby needs a routine, and while its good for your baby, its also good for YOU. Lela goes to bed at 7:30 pm every night, so we're able to focus on her while she's awake and things like cleaning up dinner or even just having parent time after she goes to bed. Having Lela on a consistent routine is truly what keeps my house running smoothly.

4. Tackle the small stuff
Tackling small stuff throughout my day helps me from feeling overwhelmed when I get home at night. I'm talking about really small stuff, like washing my coffee cup out at work. It sounds silly, but by washing it out at work, it puts one less thing on my plate when I get home, and gives me a reason to get up from my desk and stretch my legs. I also set up our coffee maker at night so that it's ready to go the next morning when I come downstairs.
Try to find the small things that you do every day and see how you can break it up to make it easier on yourself. Also, did you notice how all of my "small things" revolve around coffee? #momlife

5. Automate what you can
I was paying bills through my bank's online bill pay for the longest time and recently switched everything to autopay. It made me a little nervous not to have manual control over when things would get paid, but it actually turned out to be the opposite! Now, I'm relieved that I don't have to worry if I paid a bill because I know it was paid on time.

6. Prioritize
I've had a lot going on recently both professionally and personally and realized that sometimes, I just can't do it all. Last week I was traveling for work and didn't write a single blog post. I felt really guilty that I deviated from my normal blog schedule, but mentally, I couldn't do it all! I've learned that it's important to prioritize the things in my life. As much as I love this blog, I needed the break to focus on my job and my family.

What kinds of things do you guys do to make life easier?

Cheers!
Mandy

8 comments:

  1. I love all of these great ideas... I’m going to have to implement them into my life!!

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    1. Thank you! I hope they work for you!

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  2. Meal planning is truly a life saver! I haven’t done it in a while and I really need to. Thanks for that reminder.

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  3. YES! What a perfect time to be reading this - September being its own brand of "new year" vibe. Although I'm still working to fine tune our routine with our ever changing days (and nightly interruptions with a toddler/preschooler) I write down 3 things every morning that I want to accomplish. Only 3. I set myself to successful complete these things and if more gets done, great. If not, that's okay too. But it's been helpful for me to get a good understanding of my day, how much time a task takes me and setting myself up for a positive day by not OVERplanning.

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    1. I am SO guilty of overplanning! I love your idea to write down 3 things each day. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow!

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  4. I totally know the feeling of rush. Hahaha. I stopped writting once a week and write every 2. I dedicate 1 hour of the day only for myself: workout, read, having a drink. It fills my life with energy and makes it easier.

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    1. I really need to make dedicating an hour to myself a habit! I'm so guilty of always being in mom-mode!

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