Being a working mom is the ultimate juggling act. With work deadlines, childcare duties, and keeping the household running, it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

The good news is that if you follow these practical time management tips, you can reclaim control of your schedule and find moments of peace amidst the whirlwind. As a result, you can become even more of a superheroine.

1. Recognize Your Limits

There is one fundamental truth you need to acknowledge before diving into the myriad tasks on your plate: no matter how capable you are, you will not be able to do it all.

You must realize that it is impossible to juggle all of your roles, whether being a flawless spouse, parent, employee, or homemaker. Understanding your boundaries and focusing on what really matters to you is essential. If you don’t, you’ll drown in overwhelm and stress.

With so many demands on your time, it may be tempting to try to master them all. However, as mothers will confirm, such aspirations are unachievable. Eventually, you have to relinquish control of time since it is finite.

As a busy mom, what is the key to navigating time constraints? You need to prioritize and focus on what is important to you. Be sure to let go of the lesser-important tasks and ask for assistance when necessary.

2. Initiate a Plan

What is the best way to manage your time? Have a roadmap.

The easiest way to do this is to make a realistic list of your yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals and objectives. As a result, you will have clarity and be able to stay on track. In the absence of a plan, prioritization becomes a guessing game.

In addition, discover the best planning method for you. For example, block out time for work, family, appointments, and your me-time in your planner or calendar app.

3. Tame Your To-Do List

How often do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? If your daily to-do list is as long as a CVS receipt — you’re not alone. After all, you feel accomplished when you check off items from your to-do list.

You will, however, feel under pressure once again once more items are added afterward.

The good news is that you can organize your to-do list and make progress so it doesn’t overwhelm or stress you out. Here are some tips for trimming your to-do list.

  • Prioritize your tasks. Not all tasks are created equal. Use tools such as the Eisenhower Matrix to distinguish between urgent and important tasks. Urgent tasks should be given priority, whereas important tasks will contribute to your long-term goals. Schedule urgent tasks first, but do not neglect important ones. You can free up your time by delegating, automating, or eliminating less important tasks.
  • Batch similar tasks. Although multitasking might seem efficient, it often results in scattered attention and wasted time. Rather than dividing tasks, group them together. You can use this time to answer emails, make phone calls, run errands, and do household chores. With batching, you can achieve a state of flow and increase your productivity.
  • Use lists to your advantage. A to-do list is your guide to a successful day. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish, both professionally and personally. Even though many apps and planners are available, a simple pen and paper can be just as effective. You feel motivated and satisfied with your achievements as you cross off completed tasks from your list.

4. Set Attainable Daily Objectives

As a mother, you have a plethora of responsibilities to handle. Not only do you have to raise a child and manage household affairs. But you also have to fulfill your professional responsibilities. This presents several challenges and stresses. You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone despite how much you have on your plate.

Again, make sure your workload is manageable. You should also avoid overloading yourself just to prove a point. Although you are a superhero, you aren’t obligated to bear the world’s burdens.

Further, take advantage of downtime without feeling the need to fill every moment with activities others could do. Avoid burnout by prioritizing your mental and emotional well-being.

5. Create a Block Schedule

Whenever we do similar or like things together, our brain works more efficiently. As such, your day should be filled with similar tasks you can accomplish together. In other words, we are creating a block schedule.

Why does this work? Rather than switching between multiple tasks, group them together.

How often do you go in circles when cleaning the house, for example? Instead, stay focused. You could do this by putting items that don’t belong in the area you are cleaning in a laundry basket. If you need to put something away, put it in the laundry basket and stay focused on cleaning that room.

6. Master Your Mornings

In a survey conducted by Onken, 35 percent of adults reported experiencing stress during the first half of the day. However, 51 percent claim to feel overwhelmed after waking up. Oversleeping and rushing to leave the house on time are the most common challenges of early mornings. Common anxieties are associated with getting kids ready for school, finding lost house keys, and figuring out what to wear.

Having said that here are some tips for a less stressful morning:

  • As the saying goes, early birds get the worm (or at least a head start). Even a 30-minute head start can make all the difference in the morning. Consider using this time for quiet self-care, eating a healthy breakfast, or tackling a task requiring concentration.
  • The night before, prepare. Put lunches together, lay out clothes, and prepare breakfast beforehand. As a result, you’ll eliminate morning bottlenecks and be able to focus on getting everyone out the door on time.
  • Establish a morning routine. Make sure you and your family have a consistent routine. Consider doing a calming morning activity, sharing breakfast together, or working out quickly. By maintaining consistency, decision fatigue is reduced and calmness is promoted.

7. Simplify Meal Planning

Managing meal planning amidst the demands of motherhood can be challenging. If you don’t have a plan, chaos will ensue.

How can you simplify your weekdays? Plan your meals according to a menu calendar. Also, allow only 30 minutes for grocery list preparation and meal selection.

8. Delegate and Outsource

Remember, you needn’t tackle everything solo. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. You can also lighten your load by assigning tasks at work or involving your children or partner in meal preparation. This can’t be stressed, it is okay to share responsibilities.

In some cases, outsourcing can be an effective way of saving time. Consider investing in services such as house cleaning and meal delivery, such as Home Chef or Family Menu, to alleviate stress and free up your time.

9. Clean As You Go

Make it a habit to clean as you go. No matter what you are doing, whether you are cooking or changing clothes, don’t forget to clean as you proceed. Also, teach your children to do the same so they can take responsibility for their belongings.

10. Build Habits, Routines, and Anchors

Enhance your time management skills by leveraging habits. Make high-priority activities a part of your daily routine to reduce cognitive load and boost productivity. Keeping a record of your habits will help you stay consistent and make progress.

Besides daily maintenance, establish regular anchors in your schedule. This could include setting aside time for family nights, date nights, and one-on-one moments with your children. These anchors provide structure and balance in the midst of life’s chaos.

11. Collaborate with a Neighbor or Friend

Regarding time management, teaming up with a neighbor or friend can be a great help.

You can, for example, watch each other’s kids so that each mother has a few hours free each week. Carpooling becomes much easier when you trade driving duties. In some cases, you may even be able to share household chores such as grocery shopping or meal preparation.

When you have someone to help you with the kids, the housework, or just running errands, you can free up a lot of time. Whenever they need your help, you can return the favor. Remember that it’s better to have two heads than one next time you feel overwhelmed.

Connecting with other working moms wouldn’t be a bad idea. Connect with online communities, local support groups, or friends who understand your unique challenges, such as the Working Mom’s support group or Working Momkind.

12. Automate as Much as Possible

Whenever possible, automate as much as you can. After all, why do the work when technology can do it for you?

  • Activate auto-bill pay. Managing your day-to-day life is stressful enough without trying to remember all of your bill due dates. With auto-bill pay, you can be sure that your bills will be paid on time without having to do anything each month.
  • Place an order for groceries online. Another great way to save time is by purchasing groceries and household items online. Try your local grocery store, national retailers like Walmart, or delivery apps like Instacart.
  • Set up automatic recurring shipping. You can do this with diapers, wipes, vitamins, or household products. As a result, you no longer have to remember or perform another task.
  • Establish cleaning schedules. You feel less burdened when you routinely clean because you know everything will be done on time. You could do this each Saturday morning or hire a house cleaner once a month to do it for you.

13. Maintain Work-Life Boundaries

We tend to let our work life bleed into our personal lives too often. For example, you might try to reply to your emails while preparing your kid’s mac and cheese. Because of your divided focus, you could accidentally overcook the macaroni or send the wrong email to the wrong client.

Are you able to see why maintaining a work-life boundary is so important? It prevents disasters — both professional and culinary.

The right work-life balance helps you succeed professionally and as a mother. It manages your stress and prevents burnout. Moreover, it ensures that your kids feel seen and heard by giving them enough of your undivided attention.

One suggestion is to find a family-friendly work schedule with your employer. Another is to create a routine in which you refuse to answer work e-mails or calls during after-hours. Finally, to maintain a clear boundary between home and work, make yourself unavailable at set times.

14. Make Use of Shortcuts

To speed up meal preparation, use convenient items like pre-cut vegetables or jarred sauces occasionally. Furthermore, invest in appliances such as dishwashers that can handle unwashed dishes without having to rinse them first.

Ultimately, this will optimize productivity and streamline the process of performing tasks.

15. Prioritize Self-Care

Approximately four out of ten parents (41%) find being a parent tiring, and 29% find it stressful, or most of the time. Both mothers and fathers generally report that being a parent is enjoyable and rewarding. Despite this, mothers are more likely than fathers to say parenting is tiring (47% vs. 34%) and stressful (33% vs. 24%) frequently.

Suffice it to say that moms need to make self-care a priority.

  • Schedule “me time.” Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity—schedule time for yourself every day, whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour. You can meditate, read, take a relaxing bath, or talk to a friend during this time. As a rejuvenated mom, you’ll be more patient, present, and productive.
  • Embrace the power of “micro-breaks.” Throughout the day, take short breaks to recharge. You may want to take a break from your desk, stretch, do deep breathing exercises, or eat a healthy snack.
  • Learn to say no to yourself. It is just as important to learn how to say no to yourself as it is to say no to others. Be careful not to overload your schedule with extra tasks or social commitments. Instead, make rest and relaxation a priority.
  • Say no to mom guilt. Although working moms face unique challenges, they offer their children so much. Don’t worry about the quantity of time you spend with your family, but rather the quality. Establish special routines and traditions that strengthen your relationship.
  • Embrace imperfections. Some days, the laundry piles up, and dinner is takeout. It’s okay! Strive for progress, not perfection. Don’t worry about having it all together all the time.
  • Don’t compare yourself with other moms. While working mothers can support and help one another, they can also be critical and judgmental.

16. Be Flexible

Having an idea of how you’d like your schedule to look is always a good idea. It is essential, however, to keep things flexible to accommodate things moms encounter, including sick kids, spilled milk, and meltdowns.

If you have a rhythm for your day, a time cushion, and backup plans, you will be less stressed when dealing with the unexpected. Overall, maintain a steady schedule to prevent one hiccup from disrupting your entire day — or even week.

Final Words of Advice

Don’t forget, Mom, you’re doing a great job! You can, however, conquer the chaos by following these tips and prioritizing your well-being.


What tools can help me stay organized?

Almost all moms swear by planners, to-do lists, and calendar apps. The most important thing is to find what works for you so that you can schedule your work and family commitments as well as your personal time.

How can I set priorities when everything feels important?

Consider using a system such as the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks according to their urgency and importance. Whenever possible, focus on urgent and crucial tasks first and delegate or reschedule lesser ones later.

Should I set daily or weekly goals?


The daily goals will help you remain focused, while the weekly goals will give you a broader perspective. Don’t aim for perfection but for progress.

How can routines benefit me and my family?

Routines create predictability and reduce decision fatigue. Consistent wake-up times, meal schedules, and bedtimes can make mornings and evenings easier.

Should I schedule everything in my day, including family time?

Schedules are helpful but don’t forget to leave room for spontaneity. You don’t need to micromanage every aspect of your family time but rather focus on scheduling quality time with them.

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