Busy mom schedule? Oh, I know the feeling! You’re exhausted, feeling like life is way busier than it was supposed to be… I get it!
Hey, I’m a recovered workaholic mom who allowed a full agenda and a suffocating multi-task life almost kill me, and I mean it! I want nothing to do with a crazy busy life anymore.
Homeschooling 3 children and blogging at the same time are challenging and I have to be absolutely focused and organized with my time, always allowing plenty of margins to work with because life 24/7 with 3 children is unpredictable.
I love doing both, homeschooling and blogging, and you can read my reasons for homeschooling here and why I started a mom blog here. Both are worth doing it! And it is totally possible to homeschool and work at the same time as long as you do it right!
Friend, start doing the happy dance because I have great news for you!
You can get out of your busy mom schedule for good!
My best secret weapon is creating my ideal week schedule, something I learned to craft from Michael Hyatt and I have been using it for the past two years. It looked way different and crowded when I was still working outside the house but this is what it looks like now.
My ideal week schedule looked way different and crowded when I was still working outside the house but this is what it looks like now:
Notice that I have self-care, homeschool, housework, meals, blogging and family time all scheduled. I try to stick to it as much as I can, remember, this is my IDEAL WEEK schedule, not necessarily how my week goes every week. The themes keep me focused on what I am supposed to be doing and when and I have plenty of white space (margins) on my evenings and weekends so I can rest, read, connect with my husband, meet with friends, etc.
Even though I have set hours showing in my ideal week schedule, it would be impossible to do everything on the right time set! That’s just unrealistic. We need to allow room for flexibility too! For the unexpected. What really works for me and for everyone else really is to set a routine that happens according to your family natural rhythm. Time boxing instead of a set schedule also works really well!
I love to see how this system is helping other moms and bloggers! This is what Kristi from SavvySchooling.com had to say about it:
My new routine: I found this incredible post on They Call Me Blessed. (If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, definitely do! She has a ton of amazing content and I know I’ve only just hit the tip of the iceberg.) She talks about planning out your ideal schedule which becomes the routine you strive for. Sometimes you hit it right on the money and sometimes you don’t…at all. But the important part is that you have something you work towards.
After reading Ana’s post and looking at her routine, I built one for myself. After using it for a while now, I think I want to tweak it but it has been so helpful to have this ideal to strive for. It keeps me from flailing around randomly.
How to turn your busy mom schedule into your ideal week schedule allowing plenty of margins to breath?
Here are my 7 best tips to help manage your busy mom schedule. These will help you find balance and rest again:
- Put yourself first – always! A rested mom is a happier and better mom. Care for yourself so you can care for others, especially if you homeschool! Ahem. If you do, then check out these 3 things every homeschool mom needs.
- Keep yourself encouraged and motivated. Here are a few ideas how.
- Turn off all notifications on your smartphone, delete your social media apps and email from it. You won’t believe how much time you will have after breaking from your social media addiction.
- Simplify as much as you can.
- Learn to say NO! This will save you a lot of time and help you focus on your priorities. Not every opportunity is your assignment!
- Cut extra things out of your schedule if you are overwhelmed. My kids have not taken any extra lessons for over a year. Life got so much better for us as a family!
- When you cook, double your recipe and freeze half. I share a few of my time-saving ideas for healthy eating here and also, check out my lazy-mom guide to plan meals like a pro here.