Top timesaving tips for working mums

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mum or a working mum, we take our hats off to you. Being a mum is a tough yet rewarding gig – to take the edge off, we share our best tried and true eight hacks for working mums. Hopefully, this will get you off the hamster wheel and onto the motorway.

If you’re feeling like you’re struggling with the career/carer juggle – check out our previous blog, we debunk the myth that women can have it all.

  1. Where possible, automate 
    Set up an Automatic Payment (AP) for all recurring bills. APs save the stress of organising which bills get paid where and how much. If you have a pet, consider signing up for an automatic subscription (you generally save a pretty penny too). Subscription offers are helpful for anything you regularly use. Many Pro You customers take advantage of our subscription service to ensure they never run out of nutritional essentials.
  2. Online grocery shop
    Packing up the fleet, driving to the store, loading your trolley, waiting to check out. You get it. Grocery shopping takes time. Countdown and New World offer delivery and Click & Collect options. Pakn’Save offers Click & Collect only. Create a default list of your weekly essentials to save even more time.
  3. Learn to say no
    Learning to say no can be your biggest superpower. Saying no involves setting your boundaries and limits and letting go of people-pleasing tendencies. Saying no goes for work, social life and school commitments.
  4. Divide and conquer
    List jobs with your partner and discuss who can tackle each one. If one person is preparing dinner, the other can do bathtime. To help each other understand (and appreciate) what their partner does – flip job roles for a day.
  5. Write a daily list
    It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with tasks, projects and house admin. Write a daily list of everything you need to accomplish for that day. Not only does visually viewing it help it seem less daunting but ticking each one off is a motivator to get it done. It’s harder to procrastinate when you can see it on the list.
  6. Flexible Hours
    Don’t be afraid to discuss working flexible hours with your boss. The pandemic has taught us that working from home can work with the right attitude and setup. If you work from home, ensure your ‘office’ space is different to your ‘family’ space. This way, you have a distraction-free area for when you need to concentrate. It also means during family time you’re less likely to sneak a look at emails.
  7. Meal prep your breakfast
    Meal prepping breakfast takes the chaos out of mornings while adding valuable time to connect with family. Choose a couple of quick recipes and start making them regularly. You’ll get faster every time you make it. Easy meal prep ideas for the whole family include overnight oats, chia pudding and breakfast muffins.
  8. Don’t sacrifice your nutrition
    When run off your feet – meals are often on the back burner. Prioritise getting proper nutrients in – your body will thank you with a good mood, high energy, and focus.
    Pro You Whey and Pea Protein Blends multitask so you don’t have to -containing 20 grams of protein per serve and 13 essential vitamins, minerals and plants. It is a rich source of fibre and will keep you cool, calm and collected as an adaptogenic aid.