So, it’s nap time (cue the confetti!). Your baby has just drifted off into dreamland, and you have an indefinite period of free time on your hands, but what should you do? Should you take a nap too, hop in the shower, grab a quick lunch? What about the laundry that needs to be folded, the dishes that are begging to be done, or the bills you need to sort through? Sometimes it can be hard to decide how to spend that precious nap time, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed. Following are a few time management tips that might help you accomplish more while your kiddo naps.
1. Turn The Ringer Down!
Moms, you know what I’m talking about. Make sure that the ringer on your phone is turned down, and I mean WAY down. It never fails that as soon as your little one falls asleep, the phone is going to ring. I also advise going to the farthest reach of your home if you plan to open a can of pop. Of course, my son can hear a can of soda being opened across the street.
Take a quick physical and mental inventory, and then decide which few tasks need to be tackled first. Be sure to rank your goals in order of importance; if you desperately need a shower, by all means undress, then RUN & DO NOT WALK. I can’t count the number of times I addressed my own needs last, only to realize too late that nap time was over, and that I would have to go another few hours starving, stinking, or both. (I am probably far from ever actually starving, or stinking, but I’m sure you can commiserate)
3. Make A List
After you have prioritized your goals, put them on paper. Yes, this is a simple step, but I really believe that making your tasks more concrete is helpful. Since we’re talking about a short time frame, I recommend putting no more than a few tasks on your list. If you are able to accomplish more, that’s great, but you don’t want to waste too much of that precious time composing a ginormous to-do list. Just jot down your main points and hit the ground running! If you keep a running list, or day-planner, just focus on a few items to avoid feeling rushed.
4. Relax & Enjoy
If you are a work-at-home-mom, or have chosen to do something less than leisure during your child’s nap, you can still find a lot of benefit in this time. Practice some deep-breathing to relax your body and mind, and enjoy the solitude, even if it’s only for a short time.
Of course, I’ve managed to ignore my own good advice today. My sweet sugar muffin is calling my name from the other room, after just waking from what must have been the shortest nap in the history of short naps!