Working moms have their hands full and always feel like they are failing somewhere down the line, whether it be with work, home, or the kids. The amount of pressure on working moms is insane and it can be positively suffocating. By adding small routines for moms to your daily life and learning to delegate work to others so it is not all on you it is possible to find a balance in your life.
The best place to start getting your life together as a mom is creating a working mom morning routine.
Working moms need a routine more than anyone else (besides the working mom’s toddler).
By building a morning routine that allows you to get a head start on your day with everything from making a to-do list to getting laundry started.
A quality morning routine also means you have time to wake up and take care of your personal needs like brushing your teeth and getting dressed for work without wondering how you are going to get everyone else ready as well.
Once you have tweaked and perfected your morning routine, you can relax knowing that your family’s needs will be met.
This is the best way to take some of the stress off of your morning besides preparing things like clothing, food, and backpacks the night before so you do not have to deal with it come morning.
For more help creating an evening routine (and even knowing what should be done at night to make your mornings easier), check out the Make Over Your Evenings course. It was so helpful to create better systems for my evening, which then made my morning so much smoother.
When building a morning routine as a working mom, you need to make sure that your own needs are met in that routine.
This means that you need to include your personal hygiene, getting dressed, and going over your notes for things that you need to complete for the day in your morning routine.
As a working mom, it can be really hard to find balance when you also are responsible for getting kids up and going for the day as well.
Plan to wake up early enough to take care of your own needs before you start with your children’s needs, and do not be afraid to delegate tasks to others.
Make a plan for your day
One trick I find that helps to make the day go smoother is to spend some time in the morning with the entire family to make a plan for the day.
This means everyone knows what is expected of them, what needs to be done, and even what meals will be served later in the day.
Use these daily routine sheets to create your plan for each day.
Get everyone to chip in
It can be easy for the mom to find themselves as the primary parent even when they are working. Due to this, many families leave most of the responsibilities on the mom.
As a working mom, you just don’t have enough time in the day to do it all.
Don’t be afraid to assign age-appropriate chores to older children and ask your partner to step up and help with getting the kids ready (single moms, check out these tips for creating a routine).
Once you make this part of the family’s morning routine, you can check some of those tasks off of yours.
Plan dinner in the morning
To help make it easier to feed your family later and avoid running through the drive-through, you should make preparing dinner part of your morning routine.
This can range from simply pulling out the meats to thaw for later to setting up a slow cooker meal that will cook on low all day long while you are at work so you can come home to a hot and ready meal.
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How to build and start an effective morning routine
Start by adding just small bits and pieces to your morning routine. You don’t have to dive right into a huge morning routine from day one. In fact, this is the best way to ensure that you do not stick to your new routine.
Instead, start slowly adding just a bit to your routine at a time and taking things out or adjusting until you find the right fit for you.
Also, don’t be afraid to change your routine to make it work for you. It doesn’t take long to realize when something isn’t working for you.
Don’t bother wasting your time pushing the same things in hopes that you will get used to them and they will work for you. If something doesn’t work in your morning routine, toss it out and try something different.
Write everything down.
While visual routines are the best option for helping kids fall into a steady routine, a written to-do list is perfect for busy working moms.
Keep a daily morning routine to-do list in your planner so you can work down the list until it has become a routine that doesn’t take extra effort on your part.
Get your entire family onto a morning routine with you. This can take some time and work but when everyone falls in line with a routine that helps get the day started right there is less stress left of you to handle and your many responsibilities become easier to cope with.