When it comes to being a full-time working mom, I don’t get a lot of time to get things done around the house. As I’ve said time and time again on the blog, I work full-time as a registered nurse in the clinic setting. I’m thankful that I only work day-time hours and that I don’t have to work weekends or holidays. That’s usually unheard of in the medical field. After missing one Christmas morning with Alea, I vowed that I would never miss another Christmas with her again and a few months later I accepted my current position! It was absolutely one of the best decisions I’ve made for our family.
With change and these hours comes a few downfalls, as well, though. When I was working in the nursing home, I worked every other weekend so I had a few days off during the week to get things done, schedule appointments, and run errands. Now that I work full-time during the week my weekends have become the time to get all of those things done. For some reason it just seems that much more difficult to cram in all of those housekeeping duties and errand running into two days, especially when you want to have a little fun and relaxation on the weekend as well.
1. Write Your To Do List the Night Before: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down on a Saturday morning with my piping hot cup of coffee to write out my to do list. Sure, it sounds perfectly wonderful and relaxing, but it’s actually quite the waste of what could be a productive Saturday morning. To combat this, I try and write my to do list for the weekend on Friday during my spare time at work or Friday night before I go to bed. That way, I know exactly what needs to get done and can get started on the tasks right away in the morning.
2. Do Small Tasks Throughout the Week: This is by far the hardest to adhere to. After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is load the dishwasher or fold a load of laundry. The motivation just isn’t there. But, I’ve started reminding myself how much better I’ll feel to walk into a kitchen with no dishes in the sink when I wake-up in the morning and how much more prepared I’ll feel for the week if I get everyone’s clothes put away. It really does make all the difference.
3. Set a Timer: I’ve surprised myself quite a few times by how much I can get done in 15 minutes. I just set the timer on my microwave when I’m feeling like I need an extra boost of motivation and challenge myself to see how many tasks I can get checked off of my to do list in that time.
4. Prep at Least 2 Meals: Even if it’s just the meat. I’ve started prepping a few meals quick over the weekend and I can’t tell you how much better I feel when I get home from work just knowing what I’m going to make for dinner and knowing at least a little bit of the work is already done for me.
5. Prep Lunches: As part of meal-prepping for the week, I also prep my lunches for work. It’s usually as simple as making a chicken breast for each day of the week, some roasted sweet potatoes and another veggie. I put them all in tupperware so they’re ready to go and I just have to grab them and throw them in my lunch bag each morning.
6. Layout Clothes: I lay out outfits for both girls for each day of the week so Cory doesn’t have to spend time looking for clothes for them in the morning. I also lay out a pair of scrubs for myself for reach day of the week along with socks, underwear and everything so I just have to grab the stack and I’m good to go. I love my Landau Scrubs for this because they don’t get wrinkled this way like others do sometimes!
7. Enlist Help: I always struggle with asking for help, but a little help can make all the difference. Even if it’s just having someone to watch your kids while you go to the grocery store or having someone vacuum or dust, a little bit of help goes a long ways when you’re trying to move mountains! (Mountains of laundry that is!)
When it comes to working, I love that I can rely on a good scrubs brand like Landau Scrubs to provide me with durable, fitted, stylish scrubs. They have pockets galore for all of my pens and notes I keep for myself for the various departments I float to. They wash so well and I’ve never had a problem with them shrinking. They come in a variety of colors if your workplace requires you to wear specific colors, and they also come in many styles as well. You can purchase your Landau Scrubs HERE!
Do you have a go-to pair of scrubs?
How do you manage your time on the weekends?
What are your tips for getting more done in a short amount of time?