Are you a mom struggling to get everything done? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed by it all?
If you have been here for some time y’all know I thrive on routines, schedules and good organization systems to keep it all together.
But, let’s face it with kids, jobs, homes and every thing in between it can be tough to keep it all going as smoothly as it looks.
When you have kids, you never really know what will happen – am I right?
Many days you might feel like your running around in circles. By the end of the day you think to yourself, “what did I really get done today?”
Then the feeling of defeat sets in. Your overwhelmed, stressed and snapping at everyone.
Does this sound like you?
If so time blocking may be your answer.
Now hear me out here. I know kids are unpredictable, your day will not always go as planned.
What is time blocking?
Time blocking is a scheduling technique that “blocks out” periods of your day.
Just as you write out your monthly budget to see where your money is being spent think of time blocking as where your time is actually going.
Time blocking is an amazing time management tool if used correctly.
The words “used correctly” is KEY!
Once I started to see where my time was going, I realized I wasted a lot of time and could get more done in the week.
I also realized how much more time I had to play with my kids and take me time breaks. Momma’s we need breaks!
Here are some time blocking tips to keep in mind just for moms:
1 – Start With Your Routines
When you start to think about your day the first thing you should add onto your time blocking sheet is your every day routines and must dos.
- When you wake up
- What time your kids go to school
- When your kids come home
- What time to start dinner and eat
- What hours you are working that day if you work
- Babies or toddlers feeding times
- Morning clean up routine
- Evening routines
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2 – Make A List Of Your Must Do Tasks
Now that you have your routines set into your time blocking schedule look at what you need to get done.
Make a list of your must do tasks for that day.
If you are working towards a big goal, break this down into smaller attainable goals to get you there.
3 – Be Realistic With Your Time Blocks
Life happens when you have kids.
Your child forgets something before they left for school, little ones need us, we are running late somewhere.
A big issue with time management is you need to make sure you are realistic with the time you have.
I would rather add more time for a task than less. Therefore I will not get burnt out and you will wind up finishing more instead of playing catch up.
Leave plenty of room for error here.
Even if you know the task you need to complete will only take 15 minutes, time block more time than that.
You can always fill in that extra time with another quick task or do something fun.
Keep it flexible.
4 – Time Block Down Time or Me Time
Momma’s schedule in your time and recharge your batteries.
This could be your workout, read a book or that hey mom needs an hour at Target, I’m out time.
Just schedule it in somewhere.
5 – Use The Right Tools
Y’all know I am a pen and paper gal but you can use apps or even your phone or Google calendar to use time blocking.
Get fancy and use color coordinated blocks if that speaks to you.
Pick what works for you and try it out the way you find it best.
Let’s put it all together
How to create a time blocking schedule that works!
This is my time blocking schedule on most week days. As you can see it’s nothing fancy or elaborate.
Be as specific as you’d like this is just my guideline for you. In my actual time blocking schedule I list exactly what I need to do.
- 5 AM – I wake up and workout
- 6 AM – kids get up – morning cleaning routine
- 7 AM – drop off kids at school
- 7:30 AM – weekly cleaning routine chore
- 9 AM – work emails
- 10 AM – write blog posts, schedule posts
- 12 PM – lunch – switch laundry
- 12:30 PM – schedule pins
- 2:30 PM – get my boys off the bus – fold laundry and put away
- 3 PM – after school routine
- 4 PM – daughter arrives home from school – prep dinner she loves to help me
- 5 PM – dinner – evening cleaning routine – family time
- 7 PM – kids night time routine
- 8 PM – kids bedtime – make grocery list – meal prep – go over my planner – time block next day – me time
- 10 PM Bed
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