5 Quick Tips for Moms to Gain More Hours

5 Quick Tips for Moms to Gain More Hours

By Donna Vail

How many times have you wished you had just one more hour to get more done in your day? We all have plenty of tasks that fill each day leaving little time for indulging in special interests. As a mom to six children I realize how precious time is and how quickly it passes if we don’t pay attention to the moment.  Here’s 5 tips to maximize your time and still feel like there’s time left to play and have fun.

  1. Get organized. This includes your home, your work, your calendar, and your life. Being organized saves time. Get rid of what you don’t need. Simplify and have a place for everything and have everything in its place. Don’t forget to put technology to work for you by using tools such as Google calendar and Evernote to go paperless. Check into other Google tools available as well as apps that are conducive to organization. I love to go to the Container Store to get ideas. Their staff is always eager to help and have great solutions for the toughest organization problem.
  2. Wake up early. This can give you much sanity to begin a very productive day. It’s simple, when you go to bed earlier, you can wake up earlier. This gives you a head start on the day allowing you to get more done with fewer distractions before the busyness of the day sets in.  Make sure and plan the night before what you will work on during this quiet time so you can maximize your time by jumping right into what you need to do. I feel great when my children wake because I know I’ve already accomplished so much. I feel free to really enjoy the morning with them instead of worrying about work.
  3. Eliminate Distractions. This is during your focus work time when you want to eliminate all distractions. Make sure your children are well taken care of so you can focus in on your work for a specified period of time. Only have in front of you what is needed to complete the task at hand. This includes shutting down email, social media and the phone, being available of course in case of an emergency. Establishing a suitable work environment is also a must for eliminating distractions, especially if you work from home. Make sure it’s most conducive for you and the type of work you need to do. I like to go on writing sprees to the coffee shop and spend time at the library; reading, researching and writing.
  4. Don’t Mutlitask. It is an illusion that multitasking can get more work done faster. As a mom we do have a certain amount of multitasking that takes place simply through the everyday demands of our children while we are cooking or cleaning. That’s okay but tasks and focused work needs to be done with your full presence. As you focus in on one task you will find you finish it in less time and produce higher quality results. This will also give you more enjoyment and satisfaction with what you are doing.
  5. Take a break. While it is good to focus in on your work, if you sit too long in one thing your energy will start to diminish. It’s important to take breaks, at least 10-15 minutes each hour so you can breathe deeply, walk around or even go on a walk, stretch, get a drink of water and eat a piece of fruit or healthy snack. Once you’re done with your work you can really kick back and enjoy some fun, knowing your work is done (for now).

A mom’s work is never done, we rarely if ever get a day off and just when we think we are finished it’s time for another meal, there’s something to clean or a boo boo bandage, kiss and love. This is why it is very important that you exercise kindness with yourself and realize it’s never finished. Find a place where you know you did your best and remember, tomorrow is another day. Dust and laundry can wait, but little ones (even your big ones) need your full presence, love and nurturing.

Moms Inspired to Action:  

  • Look at these five tips and determine what you are already doing and what you want to implement. Make a priority list so you can easily make the changes necessary to give you more time.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl; doing work during quiet time will help only if you get enough sleep.
  • The more you narrow down what you are doing leaving ample room for family, the happier you will be. No one does it all on their own. It takes a lot of help, but letting go of what you don’t really need and allow yourself to have fun along the way, you will enjoy life.

What do you do the maximize time? What’s your favorite tool to maximize productivity as a mom?  Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.

About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com

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