The troubles of getting by in our lives seems a big test, and anyone who can have a strong grasp on everyday tasks and decisions can better live by it. With kids, it is even worse. Even though kids are a blessing to every couple, but one thing is for sure; managing yourself, home chores, work, and educating your kids is an uphill task. Nothing is short of any complication from cooking to bathing, cleaning, shopping, crises, and tantrums. You would want to juggle all your errands, and because of that, life seems messy when unorganized. Following tips are not surplus to fully achieve an organized life, but can definitely help you to organize your life at the workplace, home, and college, in a much better way.
A. Organize Your Life as a Stay-At-Home Mom
Within the chaos of a house of kids, you can still streamline your life and find happiness and peace. You have to follow some steps.
1. Create Meal Plans and Morning Routine
Routines can succor you to build focus and enhance your productivity. A morning routine can organize your life by forming a structure. Having no routine can make you roam around aimlessly, trying to catch up to your tasks. A routine includes meal plans as well. You will get yourself out of a lot of hassle when you set a whole week’s meal plan.
2. Prepare Everything the Night Before
In order to carry out your morning routines, it is best to plan the next day on the previous night. Practice Mise en Place and be sure to finish that day’s tasks before going to sleep. This way, you won’t be burdened with a pile of chores, and everything will stay in place.
3. Get Up 20 Minutes Earlier Than You Need to
Feel like you are rushing through your mornings? Well, to save yourself some worry, and get your husband and kids out to the office and school in peace, try waking up 10-20 minutes earlier. Try assessing the total time required for the morning chores, then set the alarm 20 minutes before that so that everything is done without a ruckus.
4. Use Your Timer to Keep Check
As a stay-at-home mom, you get so immersed in handling the mess your kids and husband had left before going out that you lose track of your time. Even if you don’t have to go somewhere that day, you must set a timer for every task you do not to use up your relaxation time.
5. Clear Up Your Home
When you are always staying at home and seeing the clutter and chaos every day, it is easy to get annoyed, frustrated, and depressed. To keep your home peaceful, you need to be calm and collected. Therefore, surround yourself with the things that make you happy so that you can organize your life even better.
B. Organize Your Life as a Working Mom
The responsibilities and the chaos don’t get any less than any other mom working full-time. Therefore, the challenges of organizing your life at the workplace with kids require more effort.
1. Consign Tasks as Many as You Can
It is wise to understand that you can never handle all the tasks, both inside and outside the home, all by yourself. Involve other family members and older kids in doing some little chores, which they can handle. Doing this can manage your stress level as you have to leave for work in the morning.
2. Group Out the Household Chores
Well, if there are tasks that you can manage to pile up and get over with one day a week, you can try. Because instead of handling small tasks like doing laundry every day, pick one day, most appropriately, the weekend, and get it done. This way, you don’t have to include it in your daily plans.
3. Use a Common Family Calendar
Whether you are using a digital planner or a paper calendar, organize your personal and family appointments with your work planner. This way, you can keep track of your daily work and home tasks or assignments. And also, you don’t have to regret a canceled family appointment because of work.
4. Turn Off Your Phone at Home
Manage your work at your workplace, and try not to drag files and documents to your home. Even though work is important, your kids should still be your topmost priority. Turn off your email notifications, and don’t neglect your time as a mom. This will help you to organize your life, both at work and home, better.
5. Make a To-Do List
Always write things down, and don’t rely on your memory. As you would have a lot on your mind already, you will eventually end up forgetting the important job. And you don’t want to have any more trouble. Do you? So, it is better to make a to-do list when you have time.
C. Organize Your Life as a Single Mom
As a single parent, you feel depressed at some point. Because you have to shoulder all duties yourself and take decisions all by yourself, but you can get around this mess easily with these tips.
1. Develop a Strong Support System
Raising kids is already a demanding job, let alone as a single parent. To get everything in place, don’t be hesitant to ask for assistance in your kids’ matters. As you must be working, it is better to reach out for help if there are family or friends near you.
2. Manage Your Finances
The situation might be hard for you now, but once you manage to handle all your responsibilities, you can easily get by with your life. Managing the finance of your home and your kids require just a little bit of extra effort, as you are the only one to handle things smoothly.
3. Give Yourself Some Time as Well
Over the course of time, getting engulfed in the daily tasks, home chores, work, and kids, becomes your whole day and night cycle. Remember to allow yourself some time as well because your own health is worth more than your duties. Get around something that makes you happy, and it’s all good.
4. Keep Your Kids in Loop
Kids don’t know the tough situation you are going through. Keep their routines in check and their meals planned beforehand. Also, don’t let them feel that you are stressed about something. Cause if you do, their organized routine will get disturbed, which will eventually interrupt the whole pattern of your day.
5. Be Consistent with Your Routine
Once you set up a pattern throughout your day, show some consistency, and don’t dare to slack off the set routine. This will keep you sane to know what to expect from each other and not leave you any surprises for any more stress. This is extremely important to discipline your kid to become a grateful child.
D. Organize Your Life as A Studying Mom
In today’s world, women are no less than any other man in terms of education and official jobs. A mother who is studying is doing a heroic job. And for that, she has to give it all to organize her tasks efficiently.
1. Make a Weekly or Monthly Plan
Make plans prior to the start of every month. As you would know when to expect your assignments and tests, you should be able to set a timetable that fits your routine. Make plans for when and how you will manage your studies with kids, home chores, etc., and organize the meal plans every week art as well.
2. Get Your Priorities in Place
Some perfectionist mothers try to do everything perfectly, which is not the right way. Getting some help from relatives is fruitful. Prioritize the things you should get done before a certain time. Give yours and your kids’ health the topmost priority, then study and then manage things; however, you can, according to the plan.
3. Spend Time Wisely
Don’t waste your time indulging in useless and baseless discussions; instead, use that time to get some of your lectures done. Take a 5-minute break after every 15 minutes while making a presentation to spend that time with your kids or get some other things done. This way, you can connect better with your child.
4. Eradicate Unfruitful Activities
Just be honest! How much time do you spend on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, that is actually useful? It would be best if you eradicated all the baseless things which can only give you temporary joy. Therefore, some rest is always better than surfing through the internet, because this will recuperate and rejuvenate you while organizing your day well.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Under a lot of pressure from your university and household activities or chores, mothers tend to feel anxious as well. You will feel much better and get your day going according to your routine, yet still leave you some extra few minutes to spend as leisure.
Being a parent requires a lot of patience, and in today’s world, both parents are equally responsible for earning financial support, ensuring their child’s emotional wellness and education, and inculcating good moral values into their child. Thus, maintaining the household remains the job of a woman. Mothers, or in other words, “The Wonder Women,” handle things pretty well. But at times, mothers can also get frustrated as they cannot manage all things together. The above tips can guide you somewhat in your life and may inspire new ideas on how to organize your life, whether you are a mother or not!