Do you ever feel like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done? Would 100 time-saving tips for moms change your life and help you be more efficient with your time and better able to enjoy each day?
I know this is a bit of a departure from my normal topics (anything and everything about teenagers), but inspiration struck and I had to run with it.
Recently, I was asked to be a speaker for The Graduate With Grace online summit. The summit was aimed at moms in college, but honestly, the information was SO GOOD and helpful for ALL moms, not just the ones currently in school.
Once I put my time management presentation together for the online summit, I realized that more moms could benefit from these tips. I mean, who doesn’t want to save time, be more efficient and have more time to relax and recharge? So this article is not specifically aimed at moms of teenagers or moms in school, but ALL moms.
To make it easier (and save you time!) I tried to divide the time-saving tips for moms into categories. Skim the article and choose a tip or two to incorporate into your life. Once those tips have stuck and you see the gains you are making, come back for another tip or two to try. I promise, there is something for everyone in this article.
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Be more efficient with your kids
- Delegate chores to your kids. Even toddlers can help in small ways around the house.
- Set up carpools for the kids sports and activities.
- Let the kids be in charge of keeping their bedrooms and bathrooms clean. Show them how to do it once or twice and then hand over the task.
- Say yes to ONE thing for your kids’ school or sports team and say no to everything else. For example, volunteer to be class mom, but then politely decline chairing the fundraiser.
- Take all of your children to the dentist or eye doctor on the same day to cut down on trips.
- Get up at least 30 minutes before your kids. This allows you to wake up peacefully and plan your day instead of being instantly reactive.
- Sports practices can be a gold mine or a time sucker. What can you do in one hour? Go for a walk? Take a nap in the car? Enjoy a juicy novel?
- Establish a consistent morning and bedtime routine so there are clear expectations and less stress.
- Limit your kids to one or two sports or clubs at a time. They don’t have to do everything all at once.
- If possible, sign them up for sports and activities in your own town so there is less driving for you.
- Keep some basic school supplies on hand so you never have to run out at the last minute for things like pencils, looseleaf or posterboard.
Work/school time saving tips for moms
- Do your most difficult tasks during your most mentally productive time of day.
- If there is an issue that you can quickly resolve, do it. Don’t save it for later and let it weigh on your mind all day.
- Pack your lunch so you don’t waste time going out to eat.
- Set a timer and completely focus on one task until the timer goes off.
- Wear noise canceling headphones to block out distractions.
- Do the most difficult tasks in the beginning of the week.
- Have a basket of toys that your kids can play with only when you are working or studying. They will look forward to time with their special toys and give you peace and quiet.
- Hire a mother’s helper – a younger tween or teen who comes over to keep your kids entertained so you can work or study.
- Tell your kids if they give you thirty minutes to work or study, you will play their favorite game with them when you are done.
- Clean off your desk at the end of every day so you can start fresh in the morning.
- Make your work and school stuff as mobile as possible so you can do it anywhere.
- Remember, done is better than perfect!
Save time on meals and food
- Meal plan once a week and only buy what you need.
- Try a grocery delivery service, like Instacart. Use this link and code JCAREY3AB2BE for a $10 coupon.
- Spend an hour or two meal prepping dinners and lunches for the week.
- Keep your fridge and pantry organized. Line up labels so you can instantly see what you have and put the oldest products up front.
- Use an Amazon Alexa to keep a running grocery list
- Only make one meal for the family – don’t cater to everyone in the house.
- Keep healthy, grab & go snacks in the house at all times.
- Utilize a Crockpot or Instant Pot – fewer dishes and less time cooking.
- Use mobile ordering and curbside pick up when available. No more standing in line to order!
- Buy pre-prepped food (diced onions, minced garlic) to save on prep time.
- Keep a few snacks in your purse or car. It’s hard to focus when you are hungry.
- Cook in bulk and freeze one portion for later.
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Time saving tips for moms who commute
- Listen to audiobooks during your commute. Get a 30 day free trial of Audible with this link.
- Take public transportation so you can work, study, read or listen to podcasts.
- If you can, avoid rush hour by commuting to work a little earlier or later than everyone else.
- Keep napkins, plastic silverware and phone chargers in your car. You never know when you might need them. To see a full list of everything a busy mom should keep in her car, check out this article.
Saving time around the house
- Don’t decorate for every holiday. Pick one or two and forget about the rest.
- Leave a basket on the stairs of things that need to go up to limit your trips.
- Keep a laundry basket in a central location by the bedrooms and have everyone put their dirty clothing in there. One basket means fewer trips in and out of bedrooms.
- Leave a bin by the door of things that need to leave the house, like outgoing mail, the dry cleaning or library books to be returned.
- Have a bin or basket on the kitchen counter to keep mail and school forms neatly organized.
- Have door mats at every door and encourage everyone to take off their shoes. Less mess coming into the house means less cleaning.
- Keep cleaning supplies and a vacuum on each floor of the house.
Time saving tips for mom’s appearance
- Choose mix & match clothing for you and the kids (black goes with everything!)
- Consider a low maintainence hairstyle or make up routine.
- If heels aren’t your thing, ditch them. Wear flats so you are comfortable and can move faster.
- Have a fully stocked “mom purse“. At the very least, include hand sanitizer, tissues, chapstick, Tylenol, lotion, band-aids, extra masks, and a pen.
- Don’t purchase clothing that needs to be ironed or dry cleaned.
- Lay out your clothing (and the kids’ clothes) the night before.
Save time when shopping
- Shop online if possible.
- Stock up when things lyou use every day are on sale.
- Shop at stores that carry everything (like Target or Walmart) so you can make fewer stops.
- Buy gifts when you see them or when they are on sale. Make sure you hide them somewhere you won’t forget about them!
- Shop when stores are less crowded (first thing in the morning or late at night).
- Keep extra cards, wrapping paper, tissue paper and gift bags on hand.
Technology time saving tips for moms
- Turn off the notifications on your phone.
- Only check email at specific intervals at least two to three hours apart.
- Put your phone in your purse or face down on your desk so you don’t get distracted.
- Set a timer when you are on social media.
- Have two email addresses – one for bills, work & school and one for everything else.
- Unsubscribe from email lists (but not mine, of course!)
- Have a calendar on your phone and put everything on there. Share the calendar with your family and make sure they are using it too.
Mental and physical health tips
- Learn a good, deep breathing exercise and use it when you are feeling overwhelmed. It will help you refocus. This is the one I use.
- Take care of yourself and stay as healthy as you can. Being sick is a drain on your time and energy.
- Combine exercising and socializing. Meet your friends at the gym or go for a hike together.
- Drink enough water. You get foggy and can’t focus when you are dehydrated.
- Get rid of toxic people in your life – they are energy suckers and time wasters.
- Put prescription medications on automatic refill.
- Schedule all of your yearly appointments (dentist, gyno, eye doctor, yearly physical) on the same day.
- A little self care will keep you from feeling burnt out and make you more productive.
Lists, organization & planning to be more efficient
- Every Sunday, skim your calendar so you have a general idea of what needs to happen that week.
- Organize your house and keep it that way. Don’t waste time digging through clutter to look for things.
- Make a to do list every day and prioritize it.
- Have a system in place for kids’ shoes, coats, bookbags and school forms.
- Keep a basket in your car with sunscreen, bugspray, a blanket, an umbrella, etc
- Taking a few minutes to plan will save you tons of time. For example, checking online for a store’s operating hours before driving over there.
- Never leave things to the last minute. Plan ahead in case you need to ask for help, puchase a gift or have supplies for a project.
- Keep a notebook in your purse or use a notes app on your phone to write things down as they come up.
- Lists should be your best friend. Grocery list, lists of books you want to read, lists of errands you need to run . . . write it down so you don’t forget anything!
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Miscellaneous time saving tips for moms
- Keep your goals or a vision board in a place where you will see it every day. Stay focused on WHY you are working so hard.
- Bundle your errands (save them all for one day) and work in a pattern instead of zig-zagging all over town.
- Muti-task! Fold laundry while you watch tv. Paint your nails while chatting with a friend.
- Use block scheduling.
- Hire help if you can (housecleaner, landscaper, dog walker, etc)
- Learn to politely decline/say no.
- If you can, email your doctor’s office instead of calling.
- Pay bills online.
- Stop hitting the snooze button on your alarm.
- When socializing, go out in groups instead of one on one. See everyone at once and save time.
- Ask for help. It takes a village, especially these days.
- Utilize people’s skills. If you can’t sew, but your sister can, let her handle it.
- Each night at dinner, go over the plan for the next day with your family so there is no last-minute confusion.
- Don’t feel like you have to keep up with everyone else. They are not living your life.
- Use aromatherapy to help with clarity and focus.
- Communicate with your partner and let them know exactly what you need from them.
- Don’t waste a minute! You can check emails while you use the bathroom or read while you are waiting in line at the post office.
Last, but certainly not least
Give yourself grace. Life happens, things come up, kids get sick, the car breaks down . . . some days will be better than others. Just accept it and stop beating yourself up.
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