Articles for Moms
Tomorrow marks the start of 2010 and this mom doesn’t do New Years resolutions. She sets goals and plans. I usually draw a Life Map, though I admit I haven’t in over 3 years. Which is probably a good indicator of why I am feeling stagnant.
So for this almost always organized mom (or never organized at the moment), it’s time to go back to the beginning and set some goals for 2010 and the next three years. I wanted to share some free and affordable tools I located online to help you set goals for yourself and as a family.
Free setting goals workbook
Mom Goals offers tips and steps for setting goals for moms.
101 goals in 1001 days. Offers a list of goal setting and goal tracking worksheets and printables.
Of course there are a lot of great goal setting resources for moms over at ListPlanIt.com as well.
This week’s featured almost always organized mom is Tara Reed. Mom, artist, and designer. She recently launched a new website as well !
Here are Tara’s interview answers and tips for moms to get organized:
How do you keep your children’s schedules together ?
My household is a family of 2 – me and my son. I’ve been divorced for 5 1/2 years now, run my own business out of the house and my son just got his driver’s license… some days it’s a tad busy!
I have a combination of schedule managers but use a write-on-wipe off calendar on the side of the refrigerator for anything that is on my son’s schedule or that will affect my son.
For example, it doesn’t really matter to him if I have meetings, appointments or conference calls while he is at school – those don’t make the fridge. But if I’m speaking or have a teleseminar that is in the evening, it is there so he could see it.
Of course, he is a 16 year old boy so verbal repetition and texting seems work a little better than my calendar system. :) At the beginning of the week I’ll do a litte, “Here’s what I have going on, here’s what you have going on… anything you haven’t told me about?” (There often is.)
Then each morning while he’s getting ready for school I’ll remind him of anything that day. Then when he doesn’t remember after school, he texts, fesses up that he didn’t really listen, I tell him for the 5th or 6th time and it sinks in. (They say people need to hear things 7 times to really hear them, in my experiencethat is extra true for teenagers!)
Do you use a particular day planner or mom planner?
I have a Mac and recently discovered this wonderful system called “Daylite”. It may be more than an average mom needs but if you are a mom that is also working from home in any way – check it out!
It has a calendar, contact list management, connects emails to people automatically, politely reminds you of upcoming events… it does everything but clean the bathroom! I have it on both my iPhone and Mac and they sync very nicely – so if I make an appointment away from home I just hit “sync” and don’t have to retype everything.
Daylite has helped me save time, find communication threads and remember when to call people back, send in art for consideration and more. I truly can’t say enough good things about this software!
Do you own a blackberry?
No. As an artist and avid Mac lover, I went from a basic phone to an iPhone. Now I couldn’t live without it!
What is you most used ‘time saving tip’ when it comes to running your house?
Don’t obsess over dust. If you have a choice between dusting and relaxing with your kids, spouse, significant other or a good book – choose the latter. (Do dust sometimes of course!) I often feel like I’m ‘falling down on the job’ if my house wouldn’t be ready for a white glove test or photo shoot with a home interiors magazine but the truth of the matter is, we live here. I work here. Kids hang out and play guitar here. It can’t be 100% clean all the time. So save time by dusting 1/2 as much as you are compelled to and spend a little more time having fun! Read More→
Just a quick post to let you know that Moms Inspired Learning posted my top five tips for busy moms on their blog.
I stopped by the Household Helpers Blog today and entered to win a free $25 Walmart Gift Card. Stop by and ask Cara your mom management question and you will be entered to win as well.
While you are there check out the HouseHold Helpers Guide to Time Management for moms.
My question was ” What meal ideas do you have for those days when you get the kids home at 5:30 and have to be at the Soccer practice by six !”
Of course this is because I am now dealing with this issue every Tuesday and cheese sticks and cold meat just aren’t doing it for the kids anymore !
If you have some quick on the go healthy meal ideas for my Soccer Mom delima please do comment !
Here is the cause of my Tuesday Dinner concerns: