Good morning! As all single moms are, I was up at 4 a.m. this morning so I could make a dent in my to do list "before the day started." Even though I'm no longer a single mom, all of these strategies I discovered or uncovered while I was a single mom and literally desperate for more sleep!
In my opinion, there's no such thing as time management, but there is time maximization -- which is what single moms really need to be great at! Since efficiency is one of my focus areas as an executive coach, I thought I'd share some tried-and-true methods for maximizing time, but first, let's explore what maximizing your time will help you to do:
- Get more done in less time.
- Make more money in less time.
- Feel less stress and more productive.
- Work smarter, not harder, and ...
- Feel happier!
Next, let the "structure set you free." I calendar everything, including down time. You absolutely must have clean underwear (and other clothing, towels and linens), so calendar in time to do it. What I do is throw a load of laundry in while I'm doing other tasks that don't need my undivided attention. As they say in Sweet Home Alabama, Oprah calls it "multi-tasking." There's no need to do just laundry, you can squeeze it in while you're cleaning the bathroom, or making a casserole, or helping with homework -- or all of the above! Lexi and I read every night from 8:30-9 p.m. With few exceptions, that's our non-negotiable time and I actually really look forward to it!
Breathe. Being a single mom is the hardest job ever. Every day you wake up is a great day, regardless of whether everything gets done or not. Make sure the kids (and you) are clean, fed, and feel loved.