6 Tips to Becoming a Master Multitasker
Set up Reminders
It’s not realistic to expect yourself to remember everything. Take advantage of all reminder tools available to you: Keep lists, set alarms for yourself and rely on teachers to remind you when tasks need to be completed, says Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., a New York-based psychotherapist who specializes in parental and family issues.
Drop the Guilt
Once you’ve firmed up your time management plan, don’t waste time on guilt. For the sake of your sanity — and your family’s sanity — recognize that it’s OK if you can’t do it all perfectly. “As moms, we all want to do everything competently and successfully, says Maidenberg. “We won’t ever be perfect at everything. Seek the supports available, whether it’s your partner, a baby sitter or a friend. And set realistic ways that your goals can come to fruition.”
Finally, be sure to make time for yourself. Whether it’s setting aside that extra 30 minutes in the morning to exercise or scheduling a night twice a month for yoga or coffee with your friends, it’s important to pencil yourself into your own schedule. “You need to regenerate,” says Maidenberg, “or else you won’t have energy to give to the people and things that need caring for.”