I am the queen of multitasking. Truth (or at least I like to think it is the truth)! I have always been a multitasker and this has served me well for years as I got my education and in my career (and at home). Now that I am on maternity leave and 100% at home, I have realized that multitasking is essential to take care of my little one, my home…and MYSELF! I have found some clever ways to get stuff done while going through my daily activities. I am only a month in, but these opportunities to multitask have helped me feel like an at home boss b*tch. Check out my ideas below.
While pumping: Breastfeeding has been a challenge, but luckily, I have a great milk supply and pumping is an option for Marley and me. Many folks might think sitting and pumping 8+ times per day is a giant waste of time, but I beg to differ! These 15 minute blocks of time have been the most productive for me. While pumping, I:
Grade papers and create online online modules for an online Master’s level course I teach.
Work on my blog.
Order all of my groceries for delivery (I am obsessed with Amazing Prime Now/Whole Foods delivery).
Catch up on the news and I read the many blogs that I follow.
Do the dishes! My pump is portable and I bring it near the sink and take care of business.
Do laundry/fold laundry.
Read! I have my latest book handy so I can grab it whenever I have a free moment.
While taking Marley for a walk: Walks are great for both Marley and me. Getting a little fresh air every day is super important and our walks have evolved into a great opportunity to multitask while getting some exercise. While walking, I:
Catch up on my calls to family and friends. I use my bluetooth earbuds but keep volume low enough so I can hear any noises from my little nugget.
I listen to audio books on Audible. I always have a good book in the queue and Marley and I listen together while we walk (I put the volume on speaker).
I create my to-do list for the day/week and create memos for myself via phone.
Peruse new music so I have fresh tunes to teach spin classes. Curating music is a chore, but it is fun to listen while walking so we have a good beat to keep us going.
Run errands! Instead of driving to do the many errands that need to be completed for our household or personal stops (think groceries, laundry, self care), I try to walk to these destinations to get a workout and complete those errands. Two birds with one stone!
While Marley naps, I:
Clean and do laundry.
Complete all necessary online shopping (we get almost everything delivered via Amazon and Amazon Prime Now).
Shower. Yes, showers now have to coordinated and, while this has been a huge adjustment, I have figured how how to care for my little guy and also look like a (very tired) human.
Calendar my week/month. I keep an updated Google calendar (shared with my husband) so all appointments and personal outings are updated and scheduled appropriately.
There are so many ways to get creative and be a successful multitasker with a newborn. These are just a few things that have worked for me! How do you multitask with a little one at home?