Last Updated on May 12, 2017 by Marie Bautista
As a mom, have you ever wished that days should be 48 hours instead of 24?
I see you nodding!
A mom’s job is never done. I bet that, like me, you end your day when everyone is asleep, wake up when everyone is still asleep, prepare breakfast and the coffee (this is very important! I need a pot!), get everyone ready, drive the kids to school, rush to work, pick the kids from school, drive them to their singing/guitar/swimming/aikido lessons, cook dinner, tidy up the house, run a single load of laundry, rinse and repeat.
I am exhausted just reading what we moms do…
Well, my hair is not yet turning gray from all this stress and this may be because I have some organizing and time saving tips for you!
Here they are:
Let your kids pitch in.
I know it may seem easier if we do house chores ourselves than ask our kids to do the dishes and worry that they will break the plates, but letting our kids help us would really help in managing our time. Using charts and other resourceful tools and apps like Chorma makes the kids be aware of their chores, developing a sense of responsibility and fulfillment that they have saved mom lots of time by helping out.
Create a To-Do List and stick to it!
I used to look at the time and freak out – “ (Insert curse word here), it’s 4:00 and I haven’t done anything!”, but ever since I started writing down what I plan on doing for the day – both at home and at work- everything seemed easier. I have also taught my kids to make their own to-do list.
Pay your bills online.
I used to line up at the bank to pay my bills. I even experienced standing (in my heels, for crying out loud) for an hour just to get my bills paid. I have since set up automatic payments through my bank. Enrolling in automatic payments saved me the trouble of filling out payment forms and lining up.
Use the internet.
On the rare chance that you get to use the internet on a very busy day, don’t waste it by checking out Facebook before you prepare dinner. Why don’t you use the internet to order practically anything to save time? You can have your dirty laundry picked up, you can order your favorite dinner, you can watch movies, and you can shop online!
I used to feel sorry for myself when I realize my favorite blouse would be two years old because on those few times when I intend to pick that beautiful blouse I have been eyeing for weeks, I end up picking that beautiful dress for my daughter or that cool outfit for Adrian (and not buying anything for myself). But not anymore. Because I discovered online shopping!
In those hours when everyone is asleep, I lose myself in my favorite virtual mall Zalora as I choose outfits I would love to have for myself and my kids. So convenient, right? Isn’t it wonderful that being a mommy takes a lot of my time, and shopping is made easy with ZALORA!
Know when to say NO.
On days when my to-do list is not completed, I concede that I am not super Mom. One of my character flaws is that I tend to say yes and please everyone. A lot of times, taking on extra chores just because I am being nice takes a lot of my time and makes me a bit resentful to the person I gave a favor to.
What I should be doing instead of giving a favor to someone else is to tackle all my responsibilities first before taking on a new task. Saying yes and becoming overwhelmed at the end of the day because you need an extra hour to finish everything won’t cut it.
Being a mom is a tough job, but very rewarding. Manage your time wisely, but don’t expect too much from yourself. I don’t!