I have two beautiful children: a 5 year old and a 1 year old. I am a working mom, and have an 8-5 job as an accountant, where attention to detail is crucial. I also happen to be a single parent, am going to graduate school, and have this blog (that I love so much!), so things get pretty chaotic around my home!
I have to be honest, there are only so many hours in a day, so fitting everything in can be a bit of a challenge, but it is certainly not impossible. I have learned that staying organized, making small changes in my daily habits to save a little time, and learning to focus on the “big boulders” in the room (more on that later) is essential. I wanted to share some tips for how I pull off being a working mom, to maybe help others, or at least let you know that you’re not alone!
How to Stay Sane as a Working Mom
I know that every list has something about getting organized on it, and for good reason! When you take 10 minutes in the morning to review what you need to get done for the day, and make a general plan on how you’re going to accomplish it, it can be tremendously helpful. Grab a notepad, open an excel spreadsheet, or write on a chalkboard, but get your thoughts onto paper and get them organized. I promise, it helps!
Make Small Changes to Save Time
I think the majority of parents agree with me that coffee and parenting go hand in hand. There have been some mornings where I wake up after only 5 hours of sleep, because my youngest didn’t sleep well, and it can be a challenge! Those are the mornings when I can’t wait to get my hands on a cup of hot coffee. I have really streamlined my mornings to save time, so I often make Folgers instant coffee. Every minute counts, and I love the flavor and convenience of Folgers Instant Coffee!
Pay Attention to the Boulders
When you’re a parent, you wear a lot of hats. Even if you’re an expert multi-tasker, important dates or deadlines can be missed when so much is going on. I had a former boss tell me to “pay attention to the boulders” in the room, and not focus on the pebbles. What she meant by that was to focus on what is really important, what absolutely has to be done, and make that your first priority. Don’t get hung up on the small, insignificant to-dos that can be a waste of time. If you feel like you’re overwhelmed, just stop. Take a step back, and take a few deep breaths. Look at the big picture, the big boulders, and let the rest go for now.
Are you a working parent? What tips help keep you balanced?
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