Yesterday, I talked about my typical day as a stay at home mom and some of the joys that come along with it. Today, let’s talk about the time management issues of a stay at home mom and how to work around it.
As mentioned in a previous post, I started off as a career mommy. When my husband got orders, I had to resign from my job and we relocated. Upon getting settled, I decided to stay at home with my son and work on my writing career. I enrolled into online writing classes and joined the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice Program. Besides, I thought I would have a lot of spare time since I was not working a typical 40 hour job. Boy, was I wrong!
I now find myself busier than I was when I was working. There is always something to do. I used to work 8 hours a day as a Public Health Educator. When I started my new job as a stay at home mom, I worked 14 hours a day as a housekeeper, chef, nanny, and teacher. After I completed that shift, I worked for 2 hours as a wife and the remaining 8 hours were allotted for me to pursue my own personal goals and sleep. I was always tired and exhausted. Being a stay at home mom is not as easy as people may think.
I quickly got stressed out with this type of schedule and had to reconfigure my day. Here are some things that I have done so that I can maintain my sanity.
1. I started doing the bulk of my writing during my son’s nap time or after he goes to bed at night.
2. I have a limit on my daily housekeeping chores. Having a spic and span house everyday is not required.
3. I have designated quality time that I spend with my husband on a regular basis.
4. I cook enough for dinner to have leftovers for the next day.
I still have some areas that I can time manage a little better, but this is a great start for me. How do you deal with demands on your time?