Hey y’all! It’s officially summer (as of two weeks ago), and as usual my blogging schedule is all over the place. As most of you know, I put up my stay at home mom hat to return to work a few months ago. Long story short, the struggle has been all too real! Not only do I have to wake up at the crack of dawn everyday, but I also have to deal with people for eight hours a day. Add having to get dressed and wear a bra to that, and the problem is clear as day.
This blog post is sponsored by JORD Watch. As usual, all opinions are my own.
For me, the hardest part about going back to work has been time management. Waking up in time to get both kids dressed, fed, and out of the door has definitely been a task. I recently partnered with JORD Watch and my new watch has been a life saver. I received the Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose, and not only has it helped me keep up with the time, but it is absolutely beautiful. Perfect for the workplace and/or a night out on the town. You can click here to visit their website.
Going back to work after being a stay at home can be a bit scary. It wasn’t something that I really wanted to do, but it was a necessary step for me and the girls. Below are a few tips for any stay at home mom currently planning on making the transition back into the work place.
Plan all outfits the night before
I am the QUEEN of procrastination. It’s nothing new for me to wake up in the morning, stare at our closets, and hope that the outfits I put together match. To save time in the morning, it’s best to have all outfits planned and ready for the next day the night before. This is definitely something that is so simple, and would save so much time in the long run.
Go to bed/wake up at a decent time.
When you have to be at work by 8 am, every minute counts. Hitting the snooze button every five minutes to get that extra sleep could be the difference between being employed and being unemployed. I make sure my girls and I go to bed by a certain time every night. It makes waking up early easier and it gives me enough time to drink my happy juice (coffee) in peace before work in the morning.
Plan all meals for the week in advance.
This is one that I’ve had yet to do, mainly because I can’t cook.For you mamas out there who aren’t culinarily challenged (yeah, I said culinarily), meal planning/prepping would be a huge help. Not only is it one less thing you have to worry about during the week, but it will save A TON of money. I’m currently working on eating healthier and having a “no spend” month, so I’ll definitely be on Pinterest looking up recipes to prep for the weeks ahead.
Use a watch/cellphone to keep track of time.
I’ve never really been a watch person. Before going back to work, my Iphone was my alarm and the only way that I kept track of time during the day. These days I alternate between my Iphone, Apple Watch, and my new JORD watch. I use my Iphone as my alarm in the morning, and I use my Apple Watch or JORD Watch to keep track of time while at work. Did I mention that JORD also sells wood Apple Watch bands? You can check them out here!
Create a cleaning schedule.
I joke all the time about having OCD, but keeping my apartment clean throughout the week hasn’t been the easiest. Dishes have gone unwashed, clothes unfolded, and the floors unswept. Finding time to tackle household chores has been almost impossible. Coming up with a cleaning schedule has been the best thing for me and my sanity. I clean for 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at night (if I feel like it), and I tackle the big stuff on the weekends. Those 20 minutes may not seem like much, but they help me at least FEEL like my life is together.
Make time for you children!
I know I said I had five tips, but this is more of a necessity than a tip. Remember that why you’re transitioning back to work, your children are transitioning too. Imagine having to get used to mommy being tired after working all day. I try to spend time with the girls after dinner every night because it helps them calm down before bed. I think it’s important to assure them that even though mommy is working now, she’s still available when needed.
In addition to sponsoring this post, JORD Watch has allowed me to host a giveaway on my blog and Instagram. All entrants will have the chance to win a $100 coupon code to use on the JORD site. The best part is, all participants who enter will receive a 10% discount, so it’s a win for everyone! To enter, click here and follow the directions. Giveaway closes 8/23 at 11:59 pm!!