Among sensible reasons to struggle with time management: bringing a new life into the world. New moms, regardless of knowing the secrets of anything and everything—we understand that you’re swamped by default.
Until someone finds a way to regenerate time, we’re all just out here making the most of the time we have. Especially you, and especially now since most of that time goes to another little person’s time.
1. Be Realistic with Your Time
One of the first things that should happen when trying to manage time is the process of becoming realistic with it. Setting challenges and new expectations are great for growth, but with a new baby, you’re already experiencing substantial change.
Keep things simple and be honest with yourself about your capabilities as far as what can be done with the hours in a day. Underbooking yourself is better than overbooking. Check things off your to-do list with confidence, knowing that you’re not biting off more than you can chew.
2. Have a Strategy
Don’t throw having a plan to the wind. The responsibility of caring for a new child will likely rise above many things in your life. Without plans, other priorities can easily fall through the cracks. This can create more significant stress later on, and ultimately take up more time to make corrections or adjustments. Plan ahead and have a strategy in place for when things do not go according to plan.
3 Ask For and Accept Assistance
Being a new mom is empowering. You’re suddenly in charge of an entirely separate human being, and it’s a lot of pressure. Women are strong and capable, and with that—gracious. Allow yourself permission to ask for help when needed, and accept assistance.
Get your family and friends on board with helping you where needed, and never feel as though you need to do things alone for the sake of not burdening others.
4. Be Organized
Continually chasing the clock and making up for the lost time is exhausting. Avoid the chaos as much as possible by being tactically organized. Keep a calendar. Go digital if that works best, but consider that writing things down might also be helpful. Having a routine or schedule will make it easier to recover if you fall out of sorts. Whether you’re a morning or night routine person, make it work for you.
5. Always Make Time for You
One of the biggest time-suckers? Being burnt out. Burnout is not just about work (not that being a mom isn’t a full-time job). When you’re burnt out, even the most mundane of tasks can take much longer than usual.
Being tired and worn out is a fast track to let important things pile up. Take preventative measures by ensuring to make the time for yourself. Make plans to relax, get in touch with yourself, reflect, and recharge. Making time is easier than finding the time.
Managing time is a tedious but necessary part of enjoying life, as well as functioning at a practical level. It’s all about efficiency. Good luck, mom, you’re doing GR8.