Being a mom is awesome, but you’re going to live an insanely hectic life, because there’s always, always, always something that needs to be done. Over the years, I’ve found out ways that I can make my life a little bit less hectic. Some of these things I wish I would have learned sooner or wish someone would have told me earlier on, so my life would have been way easier. Now, I’m not saying that I’m some sort of super woman or that I’m some sort of super intelligent and innovative woman. No, not at all, because my life is far from being perfect. Either way, I’m going to just outline some tips on what has helped me stay sane and far away from the straight jacket. I hope these tips help you, as well.
#1. Go to Sleep
It can be tempting to stay up late at night after the kids have went to bed and catch up on the latest happenings on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but it’s so not worth it, because your kids will be up early and you’ll be seriously dragging. It’s important that you resist the urge to stay up too late and you get yourself some sleep.
#2. Start Prepping The Night Before
As a mom, you have to take full advantage of the time you’re given, so you’re not always in a hurry. After the kids have went to bed, I make sure to start prepping things the night before. That way, I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off as soon as I wake up in the morning. I start packing lunches for the kids, making sure their homework is completed and in their backpacks, make sure all their outfits are ready to go, etc… Doing all of this stuff in advance will save you so much time in the mornings and you won’t be stressed out.
#3. Have a Planner
I have a calendar hung up on the wall that I constantly update, so everyone, but mostly myself, can see what’s going on ahead of time. It keeps me on top of errands, bills, tasks, etc… I also have some planners on my smartphone that help keep me on top of things. I like to sit down every Sunday and plan everything out for the week on my smartphone.
#4. Put the Phone Down
Once your kids get home from school and most of the household chores like cleaning and laundry are done, you will be very tempted to kick back on the couch for a few minutes here and there to get caught up on Facebook, Twitter, etc… It’s way better if you put the smartphone down. I used to have a bad habit of getting on Facebook and by the time I’d put the phone down I had to rush to get everything done. Now, I’m on top of things and I get to spend more time with my children.