Busy Moms lives are tethered to seasons and each one demands tips to help those busy Moms to manage their time. The seasons of the year, the seasons of her children’s lives, the seasons of friendship, marriage, and faith. First shared in May of 2010, I am just as busy and working hard to get it all done today, just as excited about summer but full of mixed emotions as my children end another school year closing chapters while opening new ones yet to be read. This simply proves the topic is timeless, the challenges the same ~ I hope you enjoy it!
Things have been crazy lately and that’s what May is all about! Long ago I started calling it Manic May, Madness of May, skip March Madness ~ we’ve got May Madness! Why is that? Because May can be worse then Back to School and the Holiday Season all rolled into one! From a time management perspective, the bar is up sister! You’ve got a lot to do and only so many hours in the day, the same 24 you had yesterday and the same 24 you’ll have tomorrow with just one of you to go around.
So here is what I want you to think about as you cruise through the next few weeks of May and early June. I’m not sure when your school year is ending, but if you are anything like me, you have end of the season, end of the school year everything from testing to celebrations, Mother’s Day is behind us, we’ve got Teacher Appreciation behind us, perhaps you’ve got a wedding or a baby shower thrown in for good measure. The point is, none of these things are negotiable because they all only happen once! They all likely involve a new level of activity, something you have to do before you get to the event, something you have to send in or participate in. This means that your color coded planner is really full by now. So here are a few quick tips to help busy Moms manage the month of May:
Don’t Leave Home Without It
Your planner is your roadmap not only to where you need be, but what you need to do along the way. No matter if its paper or digital, make sure you are armed and ready to be organized at every turn.
Check Before You Answer
Don’t say yes to any commitments before your check your planner first. And when you find its too full, don’t be afraid to say no. If your planner is full, then you have to be okay knowing when enough is enough.
Tag Team for Success
If you have to, divide and conquer rotating events with your spouse and let your kids know how you are taking turns among them and when you’ll be there next.
Enjoy Your Time
Commit it intentionally, never forgetting that there are only 24 hours in every day and once you give it away, you can never get it back. The key is to make sure that what you say yes to, you know that you wille njoy.
Work Your Daily To-Do List
When you note a task, estimate the amount of time it will take you to complete it. Then block that time on your planner too so you know that you’ve got 2 hours of errands, one hour helping at the elementary school, or 30 minutes paying bills on your plate.
I hope my tips for busy Moms to manage May will be the perfect reminder to help you focus on your family and enjoy this busy time of year to its fullest. There’s no question from Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, end of the school year and graduations, May is naturally abundant, overflowing with accomplishments and celebrations for your family and friends. You owe it to yourself and your family to be fully engaged for each and every one.
How do you manage your schedule in the month of May?
Thanks for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!