For a modern mom, balancing a family, a career, and a personal life can seem impossible. It seems there’s always something to do. It challenging, but it can be done if you’re willing to multi-task. Here are some tips that might help.
1. Keep a to-do list – Our memories aren’t perfect, so we can keep organized by writing things down. It’s amazing how many people say, “Oh, I’ll remember that.” Nope! Make short lists of things you need to pick up or chores you want to get done. Keep your “home to-do’s” and “work to-do’s” on the same page so you’re always aware of the big picture. Plus, crossing off items is so satisfying.
2. Create clear boundaries – To get things done, you need to set up boundaries between different parts of your lives. You can’t be bothered at work every fifteen minutes to settle a minor dispute at home. Make it clear that when mommy is working on something, she needs to focus. On the flip side, make sure that your family time is uninterrupted by work.
3. Wear your baby – As much as we’d like to sit around and hold our children, it just isn’t feasible. Strap your baby into a baby wrap or carrier and bring her with you wherever you go, whether that’s to the basement to do laundry or running errands out of the house. You both will enjoy the closeness.
4. Enlist everyone’s help – Too much to do? There are other people in your home that should pitch in. Get your kids involved doing whatever is appropriate for their age. Make it fun by creating games or listening to music.
5. Exploit your guests – Let’s face it: grandma and grandpa aren’t visiting to see you; they came to spend time with the baby. Let them enjoy some one-on-one time while you get some things done, even if that means popping out for a few minutes. Your parents (or in-laws) won’t mind one bit.
6. Make use of small moments – If you only have five minutes, scan your to-do list for a simple task that doesn’t take much time. You’ve probably got several of these, like “call the mechanic back,” “wash your son’s uniform,” or “email that client.” Use every available second if you’re jammed.
7. Isolate what’s important – Prioritization (or triage, as we say in the medical field) is an essential skill of any mom. Have you ever worked all day, but felt like you got nothing done? That’s probably because you didn’t do the important things. Even if they are unpleasant, the important tasks will make you feel much more accomplished.
8. Always think ahead – Keep running your to-do list through your mind during the day. This will help you optimize your tasks. There’s no sense running into town twice if they can be accomplished on the same trip. Headed to the basement for laundry? Bring that box of Christmas decorations down on the same trip. This will help you get more done in the same time.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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