17 Battle-Tested Survival Strategies For Busy Moms

October 29, 2019

If you’re anything like us, your home, at times, may seem like a war zone and it’s a constant battle to keep everything managed. These tips can help you through those crazy weeks so you can sit back and feel empowered by all that you do.

As a mom, we wear a lot of hats. For me, I’m the sports mom, the booster club mom, the writer, the volunteer, and most importantly – the caregiver. I know from experience how overwhelming and stressful it can be to keep up with the to-do’s in the home, the business, and the extracurriculars.

It’s easy for things to pile up! If you’re anything like us, your home, at times, may seem like a war zone and it’s a constant battle to keep everything managed.

These tips can help you through those crazy weeks so you can sit back and feel empowered by all that you do.

1 Preplanning is key. I try and plan everything so there are no surprises in the schedule. I have a monthly calendar that I put on the refrigerator that details all the kid’s extracurriculars, appointments, etc. so that my family can view. As well, I have a schedule for my business that details what I need to do each day, items that I need to start preparing, social media schedules, etc.

2 Lists, lists, and more lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists for personal and business needs.

3 Prep your meals and freeze them for busy days. I also plan my meals a month in advance so that I know exactly what I need at the grocery store. This also keeps me on a budget. Making a big batch of meals and freezing them is also a great way to prepare for those crazy days.

4 Give yourself a free day. I try not to schedule anything one day a week to either play catch up, run errands that I can longer ignore, or just to take a breather. It doesn’t always work out, but when it does, it’s refreshing because I am not under pressure.

5 Set reminders and alarms on your phone. Setting reminders on my phone has been a Godsend. I get alerts the day before an appointment and it helps me mentally prepare or get items together if needed. As well, sometimes we immerse ourselves in things and need a gentle reminder to move on, so I have alarms on my phone that go off to remind me to do something (stop working at a certain time, take my vitamins, to make business calls, to call family and check on them, etc.) As a business owner, I even set alarms when I’m working on social media for my website (I could spend hours on Pinterest!), so that I stay on task. As a writer who likes to take her time writing and not feel rushed, I set aside half a day to do research and work. This takes the stress off.

6 Schedule appointments on the same day each week. I schedule my kid’s appointments on Wednesdays every chance I get. This happens to coincide with my “free day” that I mentioned earlier.

7 Take some time to be thankful. It’s hard finding the time, but even taking a few minutes to sit quietly and think about the great things in your life can make a big difference in your perspective. I have found that doing this and having gratitude for the blessings in your life makes you more grounded in the process.

8 Set boundaries. This is the hardest one for me because I am a helper and whenever I see someone who needs help I do what I can to help them – and tend to stretch myself thin in the process. I’ve learned that this is not always the healthiest approach and over the years, I’ve learned to set boundaries for myself (i.e., only taking on one volunteer project a week, etc.). Saying no does not mean you are a bad person; you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Remember that! If you are overwhelmed, it’s ok to let someone else help out.

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