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How to manage time for mums

Do you feel like Supermum, juggling so many things you're at risk of dropping the baby? Here are 7 tips to keep you grounded.

Juggling, cooking, cleaning, minding the kids and working can leave you feeling like a headless chicken. Being a mum is one of the toughest jobs. The key to managing - and keeping your sanity - is to plan ahead. And remember, you're only human!

calendarGet super organised
Every Sunday write a weekly meal plan, designate days for chores and start a shopping list. Buy a calendar and write down appointments and important dates. To save time hunting for keys, hats and mobiles, try keeping them on a hook or in a bowl by the front door.

Multi-task like mad
Be proactive. During mindless jobs like sorting washing, help the kids with their homework. Run errands in batches - drop off prescriptions at the start of a shopping trip then collect at the end. If you're waiting to pick up the kids, make those phone calls on your to-do list.

Focus
Make daily to-do lists for time-consuming tasks and stick to the job until it's done. Let the phone go to voicemail and don't check emails. Set reminders on your mobile for tasks such as picking up the kids or making a doctor's appointment.

shopShop smart
Hit the supermarket at night without the kids. You'll be able to shop in double-quick time, avoid hordes of people and save cash without cheeky little hands adding in treats and snacks!

Cook savvy
Prepare dinners in bulk and freeze at the start of the week. Start a cooking club by swapping the extra portions with neighbours and friends. Buy a slow cooker, prepare the night before, turn on in the morning and - hey presto! - a family meal.

Talk it out
If you're stressed take a deep breath. Then ring a friend or talk to your mum or partner about it. Have a giggle with a mate and watch a funny film.

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Nab some 'me' time
Be as strict with yourself as you are with the kids and relax for at least half an hour each day. Watch TV, read a book, practise yoga, have a bubble bath or paint your toenails. Treat yourself to a monthly night out with friends or a date night with your man. You deserve it!

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