One thing I always wished for was having more time in my day. I wanted that extra hour to accomplish more things I needed to get done. But I know I was never going to be able to get that extra hour in my day.
The only way I knew how to get more time in my day was finding different ways to use my time better than I already was.
As a mom, I had to face it that I was trying to wear too many badges. I think this is one of the things many of us moms try to do. We try to wear all these different badges, but we are only overwhelming ourselves. We are filled with stress when thinking about everything we need to do. We are trying to do it all! But we cannot do it all. It isn’t possible, and it isn’t helping us successfully accomplish anything. It only burns us out and then we are not becoming the very best versions of who we are.
There are days where we moms feel like we are doing it all. We have to do it all. But at the end of the day, we moms need to realize we cannot always do it all. There are some things we really need to let go of, and find ways to get more time back in our days!
Here are 6 habits to more time in your day!
1. Be Organized
Take time to be organized. I like to plan my head ahead by looking at what I am going to be doing the next day the night before. I imagine what my day is going to look like tomorrow, the tasks I want to complete, the goals I want to progress on, and what I am planning for dinner.
Look at your own calendar and meal plan and decide what your day is going to look like. Maybe you do this the night before or the very first thing in your morning. What are all the things you need to get done? What is your family going to eat for dinner? Then out of all the things you need to get done decide what are the top 5 must get done.
I like to use as daily planner sheet that includes my daily schedule. places I need to go, things I need to do, along with my 5 must-get-done things. This really helps me visualize what I need to get done that day.
I even created a FREE daily planning sheet to help you get started organizing your days. Click here to get your FREE printable.
2. Say No
As my kids were growing up, I always wanted to be the “yes” mom. Yes, I can help with that. Yes, I can bake the cupcakes for the classroom party. Yes, I can be the room mom for my kid’s classroom.
“YES! YES! YES!” was always my answer to everything because I wanted to be the mom that said “yes” and never miss out on anything. However, I soon realized that when I always said yes, I was quickly becoming overwhelmed and burnt out with everything I had piled onto my plate.
I learned that I needed to start saying no to things. Saying no actually opened many other opportunities that were important for me. By saying no, I was able to say yes to more of my family, my hobbies, my goals, and my dreams. Most of the things I was saying yes to were not helping me move forward to achieve the goals and dreams I had for myself and my family.
Saying no not only helps me, but it also gives others an opportunity to say yes! By not always saying yes to bring cupcakes to my kid’s classroom party or being the room mom, I allowed another parent the opportunity to do it.
3. Remove Things from Your Calendar
Now is a great time to look at your calendar. Look at the different commitments you have made, including the ones your kids have made too. Do these commitments matter to you? Are they important?
Decide right now if some of these commitments are worth doing. If they are not important to you or your kids, then remove them from your calendar. Keep the things that you want to do and are important to you and your kids on the calendar.
This also gives you the opportunity to find more time in your day. Fill your calendar with things that help you and your family move forward with your goals and dreams. Do things that give you joy.
4. Do Two Things at Once
Save time in your day by doing two things at once. If you need to go to the bank and the grocery store that week, run both of those errands at the same time while you are out. My bank is right next to the grocery store and if there are things I need to get I make sure I go to the grocery store while I am out.
Another thing I like to do by doing two things at once is when I am doing household chores. When I am cooking dinner, folding the laundry, or emptying the dishwasher I will listen to a podcast, call a family member or friend, or call to make an appointment.
5. Be Productive
Are you a morning or night person? When do you find you accomplish more during the day? Find out what time you can be productive to accomplish your to-do list and goals.
I am a morning person, so that means I am super productive first thing in the morning. I accomplish more things on my to-do list in the morning time than any other time during the day. Sometimes I am also super productive late at night. I choose to focus on the things that require most of my energy during the time of day I am most productive.
What is your most productive time? Then use that time to do the things that require the most energy to complete. You will be able to get things done faster because you have enough energy and focus since you are alert and ready to go. Remember that doing things that require your energy and focus when you are feeling less energic and productive will take twice as long to finish.
Use your time wisely and choose which time of the day you are most productive.
6. Get Help
Asking for help does not make you a bad mom. Remove your super cape, moms. Realize that asking and getting help is not wrong.
Ask yourself this question: How can I let go of things that I can let others do so I no longer have to do them?
What can you let go of?
Some of the things you might be able to let others do is like grocery shopping. You can order groceries online and have them delivered to you or pull up and have the groceries loaded into your car. This saves you time!
A house cleaner might be another one. You might feel like you can’t afford to hire a house cleaner, but you might be able to. Think about all the things you spend your extra money on. How much coffee are you drinking? How much more money are you spending on designer brand clothing? Find ways you can afford a house cleaner if its something that would help you.
Some things that might help you even more:
- Laundry service
- Hiring a yard work service
- Getting childcare once a week
You can always delicate some things to your spouse and kids. What are some of the things your kids and husband can help you with, so you aren’t having to do it all? Ask your husband to help you drive the kids to some of their activities or help prepare dinner. Ask for help with whatever you need help with, so you are not carrying and doing it all.
Remember to not feel bad about asking for help. We moms cannot do it all! Let us do things that matter the most. Let others help you with the things you are doing