As a working mom, if you feel like much of your day is spent rushing from task to task, constantly thinking about the never-ending list of things to get done and wondering how on earth you’re going to get through the day, you’re not alone. Being a working mom is like working 2 full-time jobs. Gain control over your hectic lifestyle with these hacks:
Prep as much as possible.
My mornings run much more smoothly when I wake up to a tidy house. Before I go to bed at night, I try to have the dishes done and the house at least mostly picked up, so I’m not waking up to chaos. If I REALLY have it together that night, I have my clothes picked out for the next day and my to-do list is already filled out.
Make a meal plan.
Planning out your meals in advance can be a pain, but as a working mom it’s a necessity. Take a few minutes to sit down and plan what meals you’re going to have each day of the week. This way, you can work your cooking schedule around what other events your family has going on. For example, on nights that my daughter has dance class, we either do a quick and easy meal, or a dinner in the crockpot.
Do your grocery shopping online.
Many grocery stores now offer online ordering with a drive-thru pick-up line. Some stores even offer delivery services. Utilizing these services is a great way to plan ahead and save time at the grocery store (especially if leaving the kiddos at home isn’t an option), and it’s a great way to keep your grocery bill within your budget. BONUS: If you shop at Hy-Vee, you can still use your Fuel Saver card while shopping online and save money on gas from your grocery purchases.
Drink more water.
Any time I have a headache, I’m tired, my back is aching, etc, the first thing my husband says is, “How much water have you drank today?” and it is seriously annoying. But, he’s right. Being dehydrated can make you tired, grumpy, cause headaches, and make your skin dry, among other side effects. Try a time-labeled water bottle like this one to help motivate you to up your H2O intake.
Get enough sleep.
I know – easier said than done. But trust me, it’s important. Just like water, your body needs sleep. If you’re not getting enough rest, you can have memory issues, trouble concentrating, mood swings, weakened immune system, and much more. It’s amazing what a huge difference simply getting a good night’s sleep and drinking plenty of water can make.
Change your perspective.
It can be really easy to dwell on the negative things and put yourself into a funk, but it’s important to remember the positives. Simply having a good attitude can change your whole day.