When I first decided I wanted to write a blog, I thought I would write at least every other day. I’m over a week in and have two blog posts. Some may say I am slacking, or others might say I am a full-time college student with a baby. Regardless, free time is far and few between these days.
Being a mother is the hardest job I have ever had. Adding fifteen credits to that job, only four weeks after Wilder was born, was just insane. Last semester, I dropped two classes and felt like such a failure. Yet, I know full-time students with three kids and 4.0’s. I realized that if I wanted to succeed as a mom and a student, I would have to manage my time better. This semester I have no choice but to keep on top of my shit. Otherwise, I can say goodbye to Morocco in May and graduating on time.
However, along this crazy road, I have learned a few tricks to get things done:
- Keep interactive toys around the house– I bought a Johnny Jumper for twenty dollars and it is a lifesaver. I can put him in it for at least twenty minutes at a time. He loves it. In fact, he’s in it right now. Also, we were gifted a play mat that he can reach and grab at. I don’t feel bad about setting him down when he is actively engaged and having fun.
- Forget the advice “sleep when the baby sleeps”– I say do whatever the hell you want when the baby sleeps. When the baby is napping, I am rushing to do laundry, the dishes, or an assignment. Sometimes, if we were up all night, sleep is exactly what I want to be doing while he is napping.
- Have a friend or family member hang out with a baby for an hour or two– This seems like a no brainer. Obviously you can get more done when you don’t have the baby. People are more likely to take your kid if it’s only for a little bit, and you would be surprised what you can get done in hour or two. This is my go to when I have a lot to do on a short deadline.
- Tackle some things one handed– For all you breastfeeding moms, feeding your your baby can be exactly the quiet time you need. During this time, I can read or type assignments one handed.
- Set goals and reward yourself– In the mornings, I like to make lists of everything I want to get that day. If I accomplish whatever set number of them, I like to reward myself, usually with food, beer, or a bath.
Well, that’s about all I’ve figured out for now. What are your tips for managing your time with a baby?