As a working mom, I know balancing work and life can be difficult. But in this article, I share some hacks and tips that working moms can use to stay organized and efficient. By implementing these into your routine, you’ll be able to maximize your time and get more done.
For this article, I have some special guests popping in throughout to give more insight into some of these working mom hacks.
The hardest part about being a working mom is trying to balance everything. Whether you work full time from a home office as I do – or you work outside the home, you can quickly feel like you’re behind or not doing enough.
You feel like you’re constantly juggling work and home life, and you never get a break.
But with a little bit of organization and planning, you can make it work.
And don’t be fooled. I’ve failed this repeatedly and feel like I have a pretty good handle on this right now, so I’m excited to share all these tips with you.
4 – Meal Plan
A morning routine is vital for working moms because it helps them start their day off on the right foot. It allows you to get organized and focused before beginning work or the rest of your family awakes, and it can help reduce stress and anxiety.
I work full time from home at 5 am, so I can get two hours of uninterrupted work before the house awakes. This is crucial for the summer months as interruptions are plenty. Once a kid pops up in my office, my creative flow is immediately off balance. Coming from someone who used to sleep in until 7 am, this was an adjustment – but once your body gets used to that time, you won’t even need an alarm clock.
My go-to breakfast right now is fresh fruit – usually blueberries and raspberries with my oat, honey granola, vanilla bean yogurt from Aldi, and a chocolate protein shake. So yummy and keeps me full until lunch.
As a working mother, if you can stick to a morning routine, it will set your day up for success.
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So I prefer a prioritized task list for work and home. This will help you stay on track and use your time wisely. Include time for working, taking care of your children, household tasks, and relaxing.
But anytime you can plan ahead will help you make the most of your time and avoid last-minute scrambling.
Even if it’s relying on the Instacart delivery driver to bring you groceries or your kids to help unload the dishwasher and fold clothes, what are some tasks you can take off your plate?
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Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise and eating healthy. This will help you have the energy you need to get through the day. Working mothers often forget to take care of themselves. Make sure you schedule in some “me time” each day or week, even if it’s just for a few minutes. You deserve it!
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To discuss the last two working mom hacks, I’m going to bring in some special guests.
Next, I want to introduce Jamie Clark, who is the founder of BetterBalancewithJamie.com She helps exhausted moms go from feeling self-conscious and inadequate to being in control and more connected to their health inside her Better Better Balance Support Line – Individual and Group Coaching Program.
As a mom who works full-time from home, I know that the thought of planning dinner at 5pm after being up for 12 hours is something most nights I don’t give any thought to most nights. Which leaves our family scrambling to find something to toss together to call it a meal. More or less fend for yourself – check the fridge, and you’ll find something.
This is common for most of my clients.
You can simplify your shopping list by looking at your calendar and having meals. You don’t throw away any money on food not eaten. We don’t have any food waste in our home using this plan.
Tips are to buy fruit and meat in bulk.
If you can, buy as much stuff that’s frozen. Be sure to look for organic and wild-caught fish – otherwise, it’s finding things that our family will eat. We don’t buy things that our kids won’t eat. If my husband and I want to eat something, we will go out for dinner for that food type.
Going back to what your family will eat. We cook all our protein in bulk, look at your upcoming dinners, and make meat 2-3 days in advance.
We are firm believers in cooking once and eating twice. For example, we do chicken thighs in the instant pot – we can also make them into chicken salad, etc.
Working Mom Hacks to Make Meal Planning Easy and Simple
Using these meal planning tips, you can enjoy meals and not worry about recipes. Your food won’t go bad, and you’ll save a ton of money at the grocery store.
For this hack, I’m excited to bring back Daniele Mineck as she is the founder of Simplified Spaces at danielemineck.com She helps working moms who want to get their home in order go from feeling stressed, embarrassed, and lost for time to getting their house back under control and relaxing in their spaces again.
One of the quickest ways for a mom to be put in a bad mood is to walk into the house after a long day at work and see dirty dishes in the sink from the night before and wet laundry still in the washer that she forgot to toss in the dryer before going to bed.
Or even if you work from home as I do – I like my spaces to feel clean and organized, so I have a fresh space for my mind to create in.
Routines aren’t sexy, but there are small things you can do to keep a clean and organized home.
Some tips to make your chore list mindless instead of mind-numbing. People think a good routine starts in the morning, but I believe a good routine starts at night.
When you space out the laundry doesn’t make laundry feel as heavy or feel. But I don’t believe in the one laundry day a week – we tackle it daily.
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You won’t be able to do everything on your to-do list daily. That’s okay! Just focus on the most important tasks and let the rest go. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get everything done.
Give yourself grace and move on. Stay positive, and remember that you are doing an amazing job! Being a working mother is not easy, but it is definitely worth it, and both parts are fulfilling.
You can become more organized and efficient by following these working mom hacks. These tips can help you make the most of your time, focusing on work (during work hours! ( and spending more time with your family in the evening.
What working mom hacks do you use to stay organized and efficient? Share your productivity tips in the comments below!
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