How new moms should manage their time for an easier life
If you thought there weren’t enough hours in the day before you became a mom, then just wait until you become a new parent!
Through no fault of their own, new moms are notoriously bad at time management – but it doesn’t have to stay that way! Before you became a mother you could get away with spending hours on enjoyable activities and hobbies, like shopping for shapewear or cooking four times a week.
However, after becoming a mother your priorities shift drastically. With just a few simple tips and tricks, new moms can once again be on top of things and manage their time like a pre-baby pro. Here are a few tips:
1. Your time is limited
Everyone has the same 24 hours to work with, but a lot of yours are taken up by your new bundle of joy. You may have said ‘yes’ to every single plan your friends, coworkers and family members made before your baby arrived, but that can no longer be the case. Your priorities have changed, which means the way you manage your time has to change too.
2. Prioritise tasks
This brings us to our next point: prioritise! Prioritise tasks in order of urgency. Make a list of the most important tasks that you want to complete each day, and also a list of the ones that can wait until tomorrow or later.
As far as plans with your friends go, carefully select one or two plans, in advance, that you want to try and stick to. But don’t give yourself a hard time if you can’t make them either – you are only human, and taking care of another smaller human means that not everything goes according to plan.
3. Say ‘no’
It’s never too early to start saying ‘no’, whether to plans with friends, to household chores, or to anything else you don’t want to or cannot fully commit to.
There’s a difference between being flaky and saying no to last-minute plans. Any good friend won’t be offended if you gracefully decline their offer of a last-minute cocktail night.
Everyone has the same 24 hours to work with, but a lot of yours are taken up by your new bundle of joy
4. Schedule everything
Now is the perfect time to invest in the planner you have been looking at in the store window. Planners, diaries, calendars, or just an app on your cell phone will become your best friend during this time. Write everything down to avoid forgetting – ‘baby brain’ is a real thing!
Don’t schedule tasks to be completed at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 etc., as you need to leave sufficient time for tasks which may overlap. You also need to give yourself some much-needed rest and relaxation time.
5. Focus, and don’t multitask
Focus on the task at hand while looking after a new baby on little to no sleep? Are we crazy for even suggesting this? We know it’s easier said than done, so we won’t blame you for not fully committing to this one. However, while you may always be checking up on your new baby, the rest of your attention should be on one task, instead of three.
For example, if your task is to meal prep some healthy lunches for yourself, then focus on the cooking and only the cooking. Don’t choose to call your best friend for a catch-up, or do three loads of laundry at the same time. If your task is to watch one episode of your favourite show per day then be present in that moment only. Don’t reply to work emails or clean the house.
6. Learn from your mistakes
A large part of being a mom is trial and error, and the best part about making mistakes is the opportunity to learn from them.
If you have said ‘yes’ to too many plans with friends, you may have found that you weren’t really present in the moment, and were unable to give your friends the time and effort you originally wanted to. Use this time to learn from your mistakes, so you don’t find yourself in the same situation again.
Choose to decline future invitations if you can’t keep your eyes open or your mind is elsewhere. In other words, don’t be afraid to make changes to your life that will enhance your time management skills.
By bearing these tips in mind, you will be able to manage your time better, as a new mom!