This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveYourPC #CollectiveBias If you anything like me, you look for time-management tips wherever you can find them. People ask me all the time how I have a professional career, juggle parenting two kids under 6 and have a successful blog \u2013 well, it\u2019s hard sometimes. Luckily, I have a lot of time-management tips that keep my life running as smoothly as I possibly can. To be clear, by no means am I Super Mom, and I am far from perfect. Don't let my social media fool you. I often remind people that social media and blogging is only a small, curated snapshot of my everyday realities. I don\u2019t show you all the days I\u2019m breaking down in tears because of stress or all the times I get upset with my kids when I probably shouldn\u2019t. Here\u2019s the thing, we\u2019re all really busy and we are trying our best. I happen to be pretty good at organizing because my parents instilled really strong organizational techniques into my life since I was really little. I\u2019m lucky that way, but I\u2019m sharing these 11 organization tips for busy moms, like me, so hopefully, your life can be a little easier. 11 Simple Time-Management Tips for Busy Moms 1. Use the Right Calendar Are you a paper calendar person? Are you a Google calendar person? Maybe you like the old school Outlook calendar? I actually use all of the above. My Outlook calendar is for work (my day job), my Google calendar is for my blog and we have a separate Google calendar for our family activities.\u00a0 I also have a wipe board calendar that I sometimes use to remember important events, dates I\u2019ll be traveling, etc. I like having e-calendars on my phone so I get notifications directly from Outlook and Google. These work well for me, but you might be more of a planner person, and a paper calendar that you carry with you might be more your speed. That works too! Just find what calendar works best for you to help keep all of your events and to-dos organized. 2. Invest in Good Technology Nearly all aspects of my organization revolve around my computer, so having a fast and high-quality one is very important to me. In order to keep our blog business going and to keep my life organized, in general, I rely so much on my computer. We recently got a new computer and opted for the Lenovo Yoga 920 from Best Buy. We chose this model because it is highly rated, super-fast, and has the new 8th Gen Intel\u00ae Core™ processor. Because so much of the blog relies on editing photos and videos, having the Intel 8th Generation Core Processor is very important \u2013 it dramatically cuts the time for editing. I also love that I can stream my favorite shows in 4K and it has built-in security, like layers of protection to make password logins, browsing and shopping online safe. One of my other favorite features is the pen and touch screen features which really come in handy with all our photo editing. The battery life is pretty amazing too, lasting up to 10 hours. If you\u2019re looking for a new computer, I highly suggest the one we got and you must check out the new Intel 8th Gen Core Processor. 3. Create Routines for Everything As much as possible, I try to automate our lives. Having two kids under 6, a full-time job, and a full-time blog means I really have to cram in every second of the day. Routines really help, especially with the kids. We have a very strict bedtime routine, wakeup routine, meal routines, and go-to-school\/leave-school routines. I\u2019m not saying that these routines don\u2019t sometimes get off-track, but I try my best to keep them the same because it definitely saves time and kids do very well with schedules and routine. As an example of one of our routines. When we get home after school, the kids immediately take off their shoes and coat and put them in their cubbies. Then I start making their dinner while they play upstairs in their playroom. Once their dinner is ready and while they are eating, I make their lunch for the next school day. It\u2019s a small thing, but having their lunch done the night before means I\u2019m never rushing in the morning. 4. Schedule Weekly (or daily) Planning Sessions One major way I stay organized is by scheduling time to plan and schedule. I know it might sound funny, but, for example, I take about 5 minutes every morning when I get to work to think through my to-do list. Most of the time, I don\u2019t actually write a list, but I just think through the tasks I need to accomplish that day. I do the same thing for my blog. Each night (or at least a few times a week) after work, I\u2019ll sit down and look at my spreadsheet with all of our upcoming sponsored posts and my editorial calendar to make sure I remember what is due, what I need to work on, and what my priorities are for the week. Although it can sometimes get a bit obsessive, I do find that regularly checking in on my to-dos for the day and week really helps me stay organized. 5. Do Meal Prep on Sundays I can\u2019t stress enough how helpful meal prep is. I personally feel pretty exhausted by 6 pm every weeknight. The last thing I feel like doing is cooking a big meal. By prepping a lot of our food on Sundays, I don\u2019t have to do much during the week. For example, I usually spend time on Sunday afternoons chopping up and roasting veggies. Some of my favorites are sweet potatoes, broccoli, and green beans. I often also cook a large batch of chicken thighs or another lean protein so I can take it for lunches and create other things out of it for dinner during the week. If you\u2019re looking for meal ideas, a few of my favorites that do really well with reheating: this healthy turkey chili, Mexican quinoa bake (great for lunches), 6. Be Selective about Your Children\u2019s Activities I totally feel your pain to be super mom. I often feel like a failure and like I\u2019m not good enough like I should be a better mom. However, I also know I\u2019m trying my hardest and that it\u2019s ok if my kids can\u2019t do everything I wish they could. In a perfect world, they would do every sport and every extra-curricular, but that can actually be very overwhelming for both the children and the parents. Instead, just select one or two activities each week that your child really enjoys. As a recent example, we signed our son up for rec basketball. Although it\u2019s a great time for him to get some exercise, he\u2019s just not that into it. Maybe it\u2019s his age, or maybe he just doesn\u2019t like basketball that much. Either way, we won\u2019t invest the time or money in basketball again this year because it just isn\u2019t worth it. If he expresses interest in basketball another time, then we\u2019ll try again, but for now, there\u2019s no reason to stress ourselves out for something he\u2019s just not that into. 7. Learn to Say No This is probably the hardest ones for moms. I totally get the pressure to be the best, to be "Insta-perfect", to be super mom, but it\u2019s ok to let some things go. This is a hard one for me, but I\u2019m working on it. I really do hate saying no to my kids, but I\u2019ve learned that I just can\u2019t do it all, not all the time, at least. My kids can\u2019t go to every birthday party, they can\u2019t be in every sport, I can\u2019t take them to every activity every free minute. I also can\u2019t go to every work trip or work conference \u2013 I have to learn to prioritize. I read somewhere that you should make your decisions on whether it would matter if you looked back on it in 5 years. Would it really matter? I know that\u2019s easier said than done, but if you need to find a way to prioritize, that might just be a little question you can ask yourself. 8. Outsource and Delegate After having kids, I figured out I just can\u2019t do everything myself. Although I sometimes wish I could, I\u2019m slowly learning to let go and ask for help more often. One thing that always falls to the bottom of the to-do list is thorough house cleanings. About two years ago, we hired a house cleaner to come every three weeks. That way, we get a deep clean just when the house needs it. We can just focus on keeping the house tidy in the weeks between. We also often hire landscapers a couple times a year for the big yard overhauls. These are just little ways we\u2019ve learned to outsource and delegate to make sure everything can get done. We\u2019ve also started relying more on online shopping as a way to get everything accomplished without having to run to the store several times a week. I\u2019m actually in the process of testing all the different online grocery options to see if that is a useful way to check one major item off my list every week. Another little way I\u2019m able to get more done is by finding services that help my family. An example is that my gym has a \u2018kids club\u2019 so I can work out while they watch the kids. The hours are super convenient and they love playing at the facility, so it works out really well. I also try to find local drop off daycare services so that if I really need a little extra time on the weekends, I have a place to take them where I know they are safe. 9. Get a Jump on the Day I wake up around 5:30 or 5:45 most days. I know my kids will be up by 6:30, so I have a precious hour or 45 minutes to get several things accomplished. If I have extra time, I\u2019ll check my blog emails from the day before or prep a post for the day. If I\u2019m a little shy on time, I\u2019ll just use it to get ready. I love having the time to take a nice long shower, put on my makeup and get dressed for work. It makes life a whole lot easier if I\u2019m already ready before the kids get up so I can get them ready and out the door for school. 10. Make Sleep a Priority Since I get up so early, getting a good night\u2019s sleep is very important to me. Being so busy, sleep really is extra important. I try to go to sleep by 9pm (I know some of you will think I\u2019m nuts). Personally, I find the whole \u2018early to bed, early to rise\u2019 thing really works for me. Of course, everyone is different. Since my kids will be up early no matter what, I find this routine works for me. Getting 8 \u2013 9 hours of sleep means I\u2019m going to be refreshed at the start of each day. 11. Find a Support System and Ask for Help A lot of people ask me how I have a full-time professional career, have a successful blog, AND have two kids under 6. I\u2019ll say, it\u2019s not easy, and it\u2019s not always pretty. But I\u2019m very lucky to have a strong support system in my husband. You know my website? He manages that. You know my Pinterest boards? He helps me organize those. You know my gorgeous photography? Yep, that\u2019s him too. He\u2019s more than 50% of what Posh in Progress has become and I\u2019m lucky to have him. I know a lot of my blogger friends are jealous that I have a built-in photographer. That's definitely the secret to my blog! If you have friends and family in the town where you live, you should definitely ask them for help. Unfortunately, I don\u2019t have a lot of friends or family in the area, so I have to hire help. But if you are lucky enough to have people nearby, ask them for help or come up with trades. For example, maybe your friend can watch your kids for a day and then you can watch theirs another weekend. It\u2019s a great way to squeeze in some \u2018me time\u2019 and also get more accomplished. Plus, I bet your kids will love the playdates. These are just 11 of the time-management tips for busy moms that I use to keep my life organized. I promise you, I\u2019m never perfect, I\u2019m constantly juggling, but I\u2019m also doing the best I can. Slowly, I\u2019m learning it is OK to just try my best and it really is OK not to be perfect. We all need to cut ourselves a little break and remember we are doing great. I hope these tips can help you feel better about life as a busy mom. What organization tricks do you use that I didn\u2019t mention?