Being a homeschooler and a working mom from home takes a look of grit and patience. Some days I wonder how I got through my day; other days, I feel blessed to have the privilege to homeschool my two kiddos and work from home. As a mom who enjoys empowering and uplifting other moms. I have compiled twelve survival tips for busy moms. So you can feel calm, relaxed, and confident as you go about your busy life.
We live in a culture that glorifies the hustle and bustle lifestyle. But do you really want to be living a lifestyle like that? Or, do you want to feel productive and relaxed? Wouldn’t you like to work from a place of ease and have more time in your day to dedicate to yourself and those you love?
If you are anything like me, I bet you want the latter!
You want to live a soul-fulfilling lifestyle, not a “soul-sucking” lifestyle.
So how can you enjoy life without feeling burned out and/or overwhelmed?
Here are twelve survival tips for busy moms who want to feel organized and at ease.
Survival Tips For Busy Moms
1. Survive your day by embracing your femininity
What do I mean by this?
Well, here is the thing. Both males and females have feminine and masculine energy.
Masculine energy is being in that do and do mode and getting things done. You are running yourself into burnout, glorifying the hustle and bustle lifestyle. You interpret busyness as your success. The more hours you put into working or being occupied, the more successful and hardworking you are.
On the other hand, femininity is where humans allow themselves to be rather than to do. They attract rather than chase. You work from a place of ease and flow and cultivate an abundance mindset knowing that things will always work for you and not against you. You trust the process.
As you begin your day, ask yourself who and what you need to be to achieve your desires. And step into that desired version of yourself.
Yes, you need to set goals and work towards achieving them but coming from a place of knowing that you will achieve it puts you in a better place mentally rather than pondering what still needs to get done to get where you want to go.
My number 1 survival tip for busy moms is to be compassionate with yourself, slow down and allow yourself to be, and do what you can. Don’t run yourself into burned-out because being burned out is not worth it. It’s not good for you or your family.
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2. Get sufficient sleep
There are many reasons why sleep is essential. But from my own experience, when I don’t get enough sleep, I often feel drained. And if I’m being honest, I’m less present with my kids and myself, and let’s not forget how grumpy I may become.
I go about my day mindlessly. I am jumping from task to task without getting anything completed. Do you sometimes feel this way?
Heading to bed a tad bit earlier and getting at least seven hours of good sleep can help you feel energized, allowing you to stay productive throughout your day. And maybe, just maybe, you will not need that afternoon pick me up coffee, which might be so liberating for you.
3. Survive your day by setting an intention for your day
Setting daily intentions is something I began working on recently, and it allows me to head into my day with so much purpose.
Set an intention for yourself as you begin your day.
- How do you want to feel?
- What do you want to achieve today?
- Where do you want to go today?
- Who do you want to help today?
- How would you like to feel at the end of your day?
When we set an intention for our day, we take that energy and vibration with us throughout our entire day.
You will begin to live each day feeling a sense of joy and fulfillment with the life you are living and the woman and mother you are becoming.
4. Identify what’s important and what’s not
We often confuse ourselves with the urgency of things to do in our lives. And we scramble to get them done only to realize that we are getting nowhere.
And that is because we did not take time to identify what’s important to us. Instead, we went about with the “this needs to be done” mentality. I’m guilty about this, and chances are, so are you.
My fourth survival tip for busy moms is to become aware of what is important to them and what needs to get done versus what you think should get done.
As moms, we think we need to get everything done ASAP. But in actuality, some of these things in our “to-do list” can sit there a little longer. Because if we try getting everything done eventually, 24 hours will be too short for us, and we will run into burnout.
Recognize what needs to get done on any given day and prioritize five things that you will be working on and focus on those five things. Whatever you were unable to complete from your list can be rollover to the next day.
But chances are, once you begin prioritizing yourself, you will get more done effortlessly.
5. Carve time out in the day for yourself
As a busy mom, you are probably thinking – “how carving out time for myself is even possible?”
I was that mom, too, for a long time! Until I realized that it was not only possible but it was much needed.
Make time to do what you enjoy – whether it’s working on a project, you love, finding ways to improve yourself, working, scrolling social media.
Maybe when your kids are playing independently or while the baby is asleep. Take ten minutes or fifteen minutes but prioritize doing something you love daily without feeling guilty.
You are deserving of this time for yourself.
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6. Staying hydrated and eating well
This may seem like such a practical thing to do. But so many moms forget to stay hydrated throughout their day. I want to encourage you to get into the habit of drinking water regularly throughout your day.
Yes, you will have frequent trips to the washroom, but it’s so worth it to drink as much water as you possibly can.
Another thing many busy moms forget to do is have their meals on time. Many moms share that they usually get so consumed with whatever they are working on that they forget to eat on time. And then, when their kids get home from school and are emptying their lunchboxes, their will snack on their leftovers. And then you know what happens. That’s right; binge eating takes over.
If this sounds all too familiar, I encourage you to eat your meals or have a light snack during the day to get your energy up.
7. Be mindful when doing mundane activities
Have you ever begun doing dishes and forgot what got soap versus what wasn’t? Maybe you’ve mindlessly vacuumed the floor and can’t remember which area you got covered already or some variation of these two?
The next time you do a mundane activity, pay attention to what you are doing. As you vacuum or mop the floors, listen to the sound coming from the vacuum. Recognize how you feel as the place becomes spotless—the scent of the floor. Focus on what you are doing and breathe into these feelings grounding yourself into the present moment.
Get into the habit of slowing down and enjoying every moment rather than rushing to get things done!
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8. Spend time with your kids
As a mom who works from home, I know how challenging it can be to get anything done! That’s why I am committed to giving both of my kids quality time doing things together after our homeschooling day is completed and before heading to work on whatever projects I’m working on at the moment.
Before leaving, I let them know that mommy is heading to work and now it’s their time to play independently, or they can look at their favorite shows or lay on their bed and have a nap. (Basically, do something they love and want to). If there’s an emergency and they need mommy, they can come and get me.
And maybe there was a time when I felt guilt for doing this. But in all actuality, this alone time is beneficial for every one of us. Giving our kids time alone allows them to tap into their creativity, do the things they love, and so can mommy.
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9. Establish routines
Another survival tip for busy moms is to establish routines!
Not only for your kids but yourself as well. Find a routine that works best for you. One that allows you to feel at ease and flows naturally for you. I want to empower you to establish both a morning and evening routine for you and your kids.
Finding the perfect routine for you and your family will take time, so practice a few variations and stick to the one that works best for you and your family.
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10. Don’t leave a room empty-handed
I love this survival tip for busy moms, and it’s my most frequently used one, if I’m being honest with you. This survival tip for busy moms is what I do every day.
So, what do I mean by this?
Well, you know how you may have an empty coffee mug laying on the coffee table and your wallet on the kitchen counter and so forth. How about you begin this habit of whenever you leave a room in your house and are heading to another room, you look around, and if there is an item that needs to go to the room you are heading into, you take that item to its home with you?
Pretty cool, eh?
Doing this has made my life so much easier, and once you fall into the habit of doing this, you are going to love it!
11. Complete a task before moving on
Now that you are no longer leaving a room empty-handed. Instead of taking that dirty coffee mug and leaving it in the sink to pile up. How about you wash it immediately or rinse and place it into the dishwasher.
Spend a minute and make your bed before starting your day. Something fell on the floor. Consider picking it up since you are already there rather than coming back and doing it at a later time. You tried on a shirt and didn’t like it. You prefer the red one. Okay, that’s cool! But instead of throwing that shirt on your closet floor or your bed. Please take 30 seconds, put it back on the hanger, and hang it in your closet.
Doing these little things will prevent you from having a colossal mess.
12. Get your kids to help out
It’s never too early to teach our kids to help out at home. Have them pack up their toys after playing with them. Take their dishes to the sink. A snack fell on the floor. Maybe suggest to them to pick up and throw into the garbage.
Teaching our kids to clean up after themselves will help them grow into responsible young men and women. Morals and values will allow them to grow into the best version of themselves.
Education starts at home, and I believe this is a beautiful lesson to teach our children.
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When should I use these survival tips for busy moms?
You can use these survival tips for busy moms as often as possible and whenever you feel chaotic and out of alignment.
As a homeschooler and work-from-home mom, I have adopted routines for my kids and myself, which we follow religiously. Yes, some days, things may not go as planned, and we may have to make changes, and that’s okay.
Setting daily intentions and leaning into my femininity have allowed me to function as a busy mom from a place of ease and grace.
Gradually add these survival tips for busy moms into your lifestyle one at a time. Stick with them, and you will witness slow and steady changes to your transformational journey. And we all know slow and steady wins the race!
Which one of these survival tips for busy moms will you be adding to your lifestyle? Could you share with us in the comments below?