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One Secret of Working Moms: Maximize Your Time

I participated in a Twitter chat party this week called, “#WorkingMomChat” and it confirmed what I have always known to be true working moms rock! And not only do they rock, they are brilliant strategists who figure out how to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. They also shop for it, feed it to the kids and figure out how to do it all in the shortest period of time.  In a word, professional moms do more than most other people and they do it better.

Waking up early is the only way I get everything done.

Is it because they have more time in the day than other people? No. It is because they find moments that other people waste. They approach time with the same intensity as an Olympic athlete and they maximize it. They also find ways to “steal” time.

All moms struggle with finding time for themselves. One way is to have that time when everyone else is sleeping. A mommy friend of mine works out at 1:00 AM after her family is asleep and the house is clean. I have met countless women who believe that 4:30AM is their golden time. They get up work out and make healthy juices all before they get to the office at 7:00AM.
While my family is sleeping, I am working! During the week, I wake up around 6:00AM write, Tweet, blog, check work emails and prepare for the day. Sometimes, I do laundry, make dinnr and grocery shop all before Andre and the toddler wake up. And on the weekends, I wake up between 7 and 7:30 to catch up on my television shows.

Manage your time like you balance your checkbook.

Like their stock portfolio working moms view time as an asset to be managed and their objective is to get the maximum return on their investment.  At the end of the day, this chat and my own life has taught me that finding a schedule that works for you is the secret to succeeding as a working mom. One mom on the chat was hyper-organized. She has every minute of her week in the 168 hours planned. It appears that she is following the principles of Laura Vanderkam as described in her book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. 

Tune in for #WorkingMomChat

I don’t know if being quite that organized is in my nature. However, I was glad to connect with my sisters in the struggle during the chat.  Join us on  Wednesday evening on Twitter from 8:00PM-9:00PM EST.
Here's one photo of me writing during the holiday season.


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