5 Ways to Free Up Time as a New Mom and Dad
Written by: Foodom, posted on 02/11/2021
Having children certainly introduces new challenges into every new parent’s life, but it also can help a person to be better organized. However, by dividing time between working professionally and devoting our time to the family, it is easy to become overloaded with duties and physical exhaustion. It is worth remembering that the short period of time when children are young will never happen again. This is the time when a developing child needs our closeness and attention. Children become our top priority and to give them our love and full attention, parents need to be strong. To manage energy and maintain strength, let’s focus our attention every day on what is really important, living mindfully.
New Parents Tips on how to Get Time Back
How can you free up some time when a child cries, calls, demands and does not give us a minute to rest? Here are 5 simple tips.
1. Balance and Boundaries
Working moms and dads constantly juggle work and personal life. It’s become increasingly difficult to achieve work-life balance. Dividing time between work, home and self-care may seem impossible. How much time you should take depends on an individual – some dream of a four-hour working day, others will be content with just free weekends. First set up your goals and then stick to them. Set boundaries such as you do not work after 6 pm on weekdays. Setting a time frame may help you work more efficiently.
Stay organized and plan what you want to do on a given day ahead of time. Thanks to this, you will be ready to work from the very start in the morning. Start by prioritizing the three most important things you want to close on the next day. Take care of them right away, in the morning, or at a time when it works best for you. Once you check them off the list, you’ll feel satisfied, appreciate yourself for being productive, and the day will flow differently.
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3. Meal Prep
4. Safe Communication and Letting Go
A new baby is very demanding and the first newborn changes parent’s lives upside down. Having honest, open and safe communication is key to build trust in the family and live a happy life. Using “I” messages can save finger-pointing and hurt feelings, that drain the already lower energies after endless sleepless nights.
Another way to save time is to simply let go. One might think they know best how to take care of a baby but the experienced parents will tell you that there are different ways that work. And once you realize that your spouse can be a great parent, in their own way, you can let go, step aside and have a rest, go on a walk, or do anything else that charges you. I wish someone would have reflected it to me and told me this 15 years ago.
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Plan, Outsource, and Let Go
Why suffer from all the stress when there are ways to make your life easier? Start by letting go of the need to do everything perfectly by yourself, trust your partner, your family, and Foodom in helping you free up your time.
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