This is parenthood: the time in life where your to-do list seems to be unreasonable, unfair and...never-ending. Welcome. It's invigorating yet exhausting. Incredibly, incredibly exhausting. From the list of things your children must get done, to the errands that their parents (lucky you) have to run, there seems to be one thing after another that seems to pile on up.
So, in order to make this chapter in your life feel a little more manageable, we here at Moms have compiled 10 ways to minimize your to-do list. As mentioned previously, we don't necessarily mean limiting the things YOU need to achieve. Read ahead for some added inspiration.
10 SCHEDULE BACK-TO-BACK APPOINTMENTS
It's important that when you have that time away from home, you get more than one thing done! This may not be news to you, but you may not be able to 'escape' as often as you'd like. Between work, your kid's classes and your own appointments, sometimes it's perfectly acceptable to go have your teeth cleaned followed by a mani-pedi.
When you combine appointments, it will make your schedule feel smoother and easier. It will also give you some extra time to breathe rather than rushing all over the place to get things done.
9 ENROLL CHILDREN IN THE SAME CLASS
When you're off dropping your kids all over town, it can get a bit much. It can feel overwhelming to schedule your children's classes when they're not in the same place, at the same time.
Whether you get a deal for enrolling your children in the same class, or it's simply easier for you to drop them off at the same place, putting your children in the same class will be much easier for you. Here's hoping they're interested in the same thing. If not, have them choose an activity together. One that's new and undiscovered!
Carpooling is a great way to be friendlier on our planet while killing two birds with one stone. While Mom gets herself ready for her day, ask a friend to drive the kids to school.
This way you can essentially get two things done at once while omitting fewer omissions into our atmosphere. Carpooling is a great way to save time and money, too. Carpooling will make scheduling your life a lot easier. It will knock one thing off your to-do list.
7 SHOP ONLINE
Let's talk about taking kids to the store when you need to buy groceries or clothes. Say the children haven't napped. Say it takes more time to get them ready than it does to actually get the shopping done. It can be hectic, we know, just to get the kids into the car and into the store.
Shopping is necessary and it has to get done. Thank goodness for online boutiques and groceries services! It's not that you're lazy: it's that you need to spend some time with your children that does not involve an immense amount of stress. So in order to knock some unnecessary time off your to-do list, shop online. It'll save you time and money in the long-run.
6 ASK FOR HELP
It's perfectly acceptable to ask for help when you need it. Motherhood can be overwhelming and it's important to find your 'crew' or 'support team'. When you feel like you need an extra hand, ask a partner.
Hire a Nanny. Ask an older child to help fold laundry and put dishes away. It's ok if you can't do everything. In fact, you can't do everything. It takes a village. So, to lessen your workload in life, ask for help when you need it most.
5 PREP MEALS
Preparing your meals, whether it's the night before school or the morning before a big picnic, can be ideal. Ensuring you're being as organized and efficient in your tasks will lower your workload as Mom. So when you know you have a big party to throw, put together the snack the night before.
Cover them up and leave them in the fridge so you can simply pull them out once it's showtime. It's important to keep a visible list of groceries, too. That way when you're out, you can buy what you need, get out and get preparing once you're home. Don't procrastinate; especially when it comes to meals for your family.
4 USE GOOGLE CALENDAR
G-mail has an array of efficient applications, including Google Calendar. Google Calendar can sync to the application on your phone, too. You can manage everyone's schedule through the one app and it will easily lighten your to-do list once everyone is on the same. page.
Google Calendar is a great way to keep up-to-date with the things you need to get done. You can make lists, reminders and much more. Getting Google Calendar will lesson your stress immensely.
Yep- you can NOT do it all alone! It's wild what we must get done in one day in order to live a happy and clean lifestyle. If the morning's dishes do not get done until after bed-time, so be it. This is just a phase. And though this one may pass once the children get older, a new phase is surely on its way.
When you have the ability to delegate tasks to your family, do it. There's no shame in asking for a helping hand when needed. So if there's a pile of laundry that needs to be sorted, as your teenager to get it done before they go out to play ball. Delegate when you can.
Sadly, Mom will have to compromise in order to lighten her workload. If you can't go out for dinner with your girlfriends in order to have some much needed quiet time, then take advantage of that hot bath your partner ran for you.
If you need to escape from home and ask your kids to make their own meal, then pack your gym bag and go for an hour treadmill run, because that's the only hour to yourself you may get this week! Compromising on your to-do list will come. It will be important. And it will save your mental and emotional needs.
1 SAY NO
It's important to know your limit and to not over-do it. Yes, parenthood is overwhelming. Mom's to-do lists can get crazy. From classes to appointments and beyond, saying "no" will come in handy.
If you're not in the mood for your toddler's playgroup date, say "no". In the end, you're saving your own energy for future activities. Saying "no" will lessen your stress and things to get done. If you're not in the mood or know you need this resting time to build more energy, say "no".