Tuesday, October 21, 2008


One downfall to being a working mom is the time factor. I struggle with time management. Now, I must say that I am MUCH more organized than before I was a mother, which has helped some... but by the time I get home from work, I get dinner ready, clean up, get my son ready for bed and put him to bed, then I get stuff ready for the next day (lunches & diaper bag). My whole night is gone. I don't really even get to play with my son during the week because by the time I get home, he's tired and cranky.

Sunday nights are the worst, because for some reason, I feel like I should have everything ready for the week and I never do. I am trying to really commit to weekly menus so that I can go shopping and get everything I need.

If anyone has any good tips that I might benefit from, please let me know. I'm interested in hearing how you stay organized, etc.


Renata said...

Hey Jen,

I have been thinking about this post for a few days. I guess I would be doing the same thing if I were in your shoes. However, the more I thought about it, I started thinking of some things that may help ease the burden sometimes.

First, make a list of what you feel needs to be done to be ready for the week. Then think of other times you can actually do those things. For example, maybe you could do some stuff on Sunday mornings, rather than in the afternoon. Maybe pack lunches while dinner is finishing getting ready. Break them down into steps and see how you can spread it out.

I also struggle with time management and when it comes to taking care of chores, a friend encouraged me to time myself and then later race myself. What I found is that it didn't take as long to do dishes as I once thought, etc. It took longer for me to just get started. Another friend does a 15 minute cleaning frenzy where she and her husband clean up as much as they can in 15 minutes.

I don't know if these will be any help. I am sure there are other forums where you could find encouragement and more practical information.

Jen said...

Those are great suggestions. I definately wait until too late on Sundays to grocery shop. I need to do it early so I can prepare for the week.

I like the idea of racing my husband. :D