Whether you work from home or work outside the home, all women work. Keeping your sanity while working and raising a family (or trying to start one!) can be quite challenging, but there are some things you can do to help get things organized and less stressful. Here are some time management basics for the modern working woman.
Being a Morning Person
You may not be a natural “morning person,” but mornings are really crucial for working women. In fact, one of the secrets to becoming a morning person is to be an evening person first! In other words, do as much as you can the night before so that the morning isn’t so rushed and crazy. Here are some tips:
- Pack backpacks and diaper bags the night before and put them by the door.
- Prepare lunches (whether for you to take to the office or the kids to take to school) the night before and freeze or refrigerate.
- Layout clothes the night before so you don’t have to figure out what you and everyone else is going to wear.
- Get up before your kids or significant other do so you can have time to get your act together before they’re awake.
- Prepare any breakfast make-ahead items such as cut-up fruit or hard-boiled eggs.
Come to an Understanding
It’s essential that your spouse and/or kids understand that everyone has to pitch in. If both spouses work, for instance, it’s unfair for one spouse to unwind in front of the TV after work and the other spouse to start working in the kitchen. So have a family meeting if necessary to discuss this issue; everyone needs to contribute to the housework and other such tasks.
It’s crucial for working women to prioritize their time. You can’t, for instance, be driving your child 20 minutes both ways to attend an activity they’re only somewhat interested in. This also goes for workout classes you hate. Just spend time doing things you and your family truly enjoy! Forgive yourself and do what you can.
During this time in your life, it’s a good idea to keep meals simple. A few main ingredients and quick preparation can be the rule; apply it to all kinds of meals. And in general, kids are just as happy with a cheese quesadilla as they are with an elaborate beef curry dish. In fact, they’ll probably like the quick quesadilla better!
Keep things on hand for simple meals, too, such as jarred spaghetti sauce, frozen bread, frozen vegetables, tortillas, and pasta. Frozen chicken breasts and fish fillets can be prepared quickly, even without pre-thawing. Buy ground meat and make it into patties; freeze, and pull them out as needed.
Hopefully, implementing some of these tips will enable you to spend more quality time with your family.