If you’ve been around Delightfully Frazzled for a while, it’s probably not a shock to you that I’m a bona fide fan of the Harry Potter series. (I love it for lots and lots of reasons, but this is a post about time management, so I won’t waste your time with an in-depth analysis.) J. K. Rowling never ceased to amaze me with the creativity of magic in her world. One of the magical tools Harry is introduced to is called a Time Turner. It’s a device that allows its wearer to go back in time and literally be in two places at once. In the series, Hermione Granger (being Hermione Granger) uses is to take more classes at school. This Momma would use it to get things DONE- and then take a NAP.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a Time Turner to give you. I know, I’d love one too. However, as a work-at-home mom I’ve learned some tips to help me manage my time and energy more efficiently. Besides actually inventing a Time Turner (for which I would pay you LITERALLY ANYTHING if you did), here are some helpful tips to keep you focused and productive as a work-at-home mom!
Do you ever feel like there’s a million things vying for your attention as a modern-day mom? Whether you’re a full-time Stay-at-Home mom, the increasingly-popular Work-at-Home mom, or a hard-working Momma outside of the home, there are a LOT of demands on moms of our generation. Between maintaining a home, posting enough photos on social media to keep the in-laws happy, giving your family healthy, organic, paleo/vegan/gluten-free/Whole-30/whatever meals, maintaining the right screen time/activity balance, and of course the daunting responsibilities of raising decent, responsible, well-adjusted humans– all while your mom frenemy Shirley is on Facebook sharing how proud she is of her 5-year-old finishing his thesis and her 2-year-old’s fluency in Portuguese—it’s a recipe for a guilt-ridden 3-ring circus without the ringmaster.
From conversations with pretty much every mom I know, I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one that feels like life is pulling her in 20 different directions simultaneously. That’s why I’m starting this new series on Delightfully Frazzled: Kicking Overwhelm to the Curb. Because whichever stage of motherhood you’re in, whatever your specific life responsibilities may be, I’m betting overwhelm is a regular (if not daily) emotion for you. It sure is for me.