Being a working mom is all about maximizing you time and what you do with it. It’s an incredible balancing act that usually tilts with the tiniest of shifts.
So, the question is, “What do I have to do?” Or, “what can I let someone else do?”
- Mopping the floor?
- Grocery Shopping?
- Reading books with the kids?
- Driving kids to sports?
- Paying bills by hand?
- Going to school activities?
- Packing lunches for the kids at school?
- Or packing lunch for yourself at work?
If gardening is a favorite activity and you still want to get your hands dirty (I know, bad pun), then is there something else you can delegate or give up?
Do you need to grocery shop yourself or can you take advantage of the slick new grocery delivery services? Or maybe you just shop for the produce?
Can you take advantage of bill pay through your bank or would you prefer to pay each bill to track your expenses better?
Do you want to make it to all of the school activities or can you send grandma, grandpa, or a special friend to make a special guest appearance?
Your choices will be personal to you and will reflect your values. I’m not shy about telling people we eat off of disposable plates, but that is not a choice that every one else will make. That is what I have chosen.
Can you make some of these same choices at work?
Are there any emails you can automate? Do you need to sign all your letters or can you use a signature stamp or a signature pdf? Can you batch some little projects for when you have all the supplies out just once?
Have you considered finding an intern? Do you already have staff that you could delegate more tasks to? Would it make sense to hire an assistant?
Is there a different way to organize your office to make it more efficient? Or do you need to explore a different file system – maybe all digital?
Some of these ideas will only save you a few minutes while others will save much more. As a busy working mom, every saved second counts!
Whether it is for your family, your work, or yourself, figure out which things are so important to you that you want to do them, and delegate or get rid of the rest. We really are super moms but that doesn’t mean we have to do it all.