Are you overwhelmed at the thought of time management? Do you feel it's not for you? Do you feel that you can't imagine trying to plan your day or week? I've been there too!
I was having a conversation with someone about struggles in parenthood, specifically in the early years. While most people would think of feeding, sleep, finances; my mind immediately went to time management.
Yes, there are many struggles during those early years with feeding. From nursing to starting solids to the wonderful picky stage. Yes, there are sleep struggles. I did become a sleep consultant after all! And finances can be a huge burden on parents; between a nanny, daycare or one parent staying home to care for their child(ren) full-time. I want to help other families become a more well-rested household.
I am a stay-at-home, working mom turned stay-at-home mom turned stay-at-home, working mom. I spent the first 2 years of motherhood owning a restaurant with my husband. I took our daughter to the restaurant during the day, set up a pack-n-play in our office so she could nap while I worked in the dining room. When she was 26 months, we sold our restaurant, had our second child and I became a full-time stay-at-home mom. Fast forward a few years - a cross country move, 2 more kids, a sleep consultant certification and launching a business. But you're a sleep consultant Danielle, what are you even talking about?! I'm also a mom to 4 little girls. Just like you, I wear many hats throughout the day.
But what about time management? We know what we should be doing. We know what needs to get done. How do we manage it all without being overwhelmed every moment of our day?
Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom; all we do is manage our time around our children. When they eat, when they sleep, when we have to bring them to daycare or school, extracurricular activities.
We live for our children. We want our children's cups to be filled every day. With that being said, we can't pour from an empty cup. But we also can't neglect our children's needs. So how as parents do we do it all? Time Management!
I am not a perfect mom. I do not have it all figured out. I have 4 kids, I can be pulled in 4 different directions at any given moment. What I have figured out is what sort of time management works for me.
I have a physical planner. Pencil and Paper. I plan my week on Sunday evenings, from mundane tasks like laundry or getting gas to reoccurring tasks like extracurricular activities or days I have to do school drop off. I plan tasks around my children's meals, school drop off and pick up, their naps, their bedtime. I plan my life in the hours between all of that. From home tasks to business tasks. Cleaning, changing sheets, laundry, working out, dance, gymnastics, swim, playing with my kids, client calls, client messages, social media, writing blogs. It can be overwhelming.
What works for me, may not work for you. Maybe you like your phone calendar. Maybe you like massive lists. What I do know is that as moms, all we do is time management. When you change your mindset and starting thinking "how can I manage my day better" or "can I time block my day to feel more productive" you can overcome, what I think is the biggest hurdle in motherhood - time management.
I may not be able to exclusively help you with time management, I can make your life easier, however, by giving you more predictability with your child's sleep.
If you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom or working, stay-at-home mom and ready to stop feeling overwhelmed with bedtime and frequent night wakes but you're unsure on exactly HOW to do this successfully, schedule your free 20-minute sleep assessment call and I will share with you exactly how my clients are able to use my 5 Step proven process to get more rest in less than 3 weeks!
We can even talk about time management during our 3 weeks together!
Wishing you restful sleep,
About Danielle: Danielle is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Coach and founder of The Restful Haus, where she helps families 1:1 with their children ages 0 - 6 years old. She is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Colorado with her husband and 4 daughters (ranging from 23 months to 7 years old). She enjoys spending time with her family, the Jersey Shore, music, traveling with her husband + kiddos and on the rare occasion, sitting down to read a murder mystery book.