When you’ve got a million things to do, it’s easy to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of trying to get everything done. However, a haphazard approach is more likely to mean that important tasks get forgotten about, while less urgent tasks are prioritised. If you want to streamline your life and reduce stress, take a look at these top scheduling tips for busy mums now:
Use a Household Calendar
Without a household calendar, you won’t know what needs to happen or when it needs to happen, which will inevitably lead to missed business appointments, forgotten sports practices and overlooked social events. However, using the right type of household calendar is important.
If you’ve got more than one child, for example, a separate space for each person might help to make entries seem clearer, for example. Alternatively, if you’re always on the go, a calendar app will allow you to update and modify your plans at any time.
Book Family Appointments
Throughout the year, there are numerous check-ups you’ll need to attend with your kids. Booking well in advance and arranging block appointments can help to lighten the load. If you’re booking hearing tests for children, for example, arrange for your kids to be seen on the same day, one after the other. Similarly, back-to-back dental and doctor appointments can be made too. This reduces the frequency of your visits and helps to you to ensure you’re always up to date with medical check-ups.
Start Meal Prepping
Spends hours in the kitchen every day isn’t an option for busy mums, so free up your time by prepping meals in advance. Devote a couple of hours to getting the week’s meals ready and you’ll only need to spend minimum time in the kitchen each day. As well as giving you extra time during the week, meal prepping can also save you money by reducing your weekly grocery bill. What’s more – it’s easy to plan healthy meals when you’re preparing in advance.
Build a Network
They say it takes a village to raise a child, so make sure your village is populated with close friends and family members! When you can share childcare, offer playdates and take turns driving kids to activities, you can give each other a much-needed break and devote your time to other tasks or simply have a well-deserved rest.
Scale Back Activities
It’s great for kids to be involved in sports clubs and hobby groups, but they don’t need to be on the go from morning until dusk. Scaling back on activities will give you – and them – more downtime to enjoy and will prevent your schedule from becoming overloaded.
Become a Time Management Expert
Managing your time effectively is essential when you have a lot to do. By prioritising the most important tasks and using time management strategies, like the 80/20 rule, you can get more done in less time. Once you’ve found the most effective techniques to manage your time, you can handle your schedule like a pro.