5 Tips for Multi-Tasking Moms
Many moms understand that with the “Mom” title, comes the “multi-tasking” definition. Some moms thrive on the opportunities to multi-task, stay on top of everything, shine in the limelight, be dependable for everything and still keep their sanity. While other moms could use a little help, advice or tips to enable them to get through those spontaneous, challenging, multi-tasking obstacles in their day.
As a mom whose juggling kids, work, cleaning, pets and a spouse, you know there are some things that can not wait; feeding the kids, doing the laundry, paying the bills. For first time moms, this can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. Here are some tips and reminders to help you battle through your problems and multi-task easier.
Tip # 1: Write it down
Make a list and check it twice. After all, you are Santa now. Making a list of the things you need to accomplish through your day can help you prioritize and organize your daily schedule. It also helps you find a time slot to squeeze those to-do’s into your schedule. Keeping a small notepad and pen/pencil handy can help you remember those spontaneous thoughts or ideas for later.
Tip # 2: Set alarms
Everything these days has alarms. Your cell phone, computer, microwave, oven, alarm clock all have alarms available. Utilize this tool to help you remember specific events that take place during your day. That way, if you are pre-occupied, you can set an alarm (at least 5 minutes early) to remind you to make that phone call, send off that email, leave to pick up the kids or start cooking dinner.
Tip # 3: Occupy your kids
When it comes to occupying babies or children who are home with you part- or full-time, there are many products on the market to help parents. BottleSnuggers is a great example for feeding your baby, (which tends to take priority over everything the moment they are hungry). The cute, cuddly stuffed animals are made to hold the bottle in place, while your baby eats. This way, you can free yourself up to do a few things while your baby is eating. It’s a great product for moms who multi-task. Movies, music and play toys are also great items to occupy your children, even if it’s for a few minutes.
Tip # 4: Plan ahead
Planning ahead of time is a great way to keep your goals in focus, and keep you on track to achieving those goals. Buy a yearly calendar or a planner and write down all appointments, events, important dates, phone numbers and email addresses. And before you plan new events, double check your calendar to ensure you don’t ‘double-book’ that time and date.
Tip #5: Be flexible
As hard as it can be sometimes, the best approach to a hectic day is to roll with the punches. Things change constantly throughout your day and that’s okay. What’s important is how you handle the changes as they come. Understand and remind yourself that you might not be able to get everything done that you wanted to get done, and leave it at that.