First things first, I am NO expert on this topic. Like...at all haha. Half the time I feel like a chicken running around with it's head chopped off, but I think that is a normal part of being a parent.
Second, I know that every single one of us lives BUSY lives. I kinda hate when people always say, "ugh, my life is just soooo busy" or "well I have this, this, and this going on, so there's no way that I can do that". We all have stuff going on. We are all busy. Whether you are a full time mum, or a mum and a full time employee, LIFE IS CRAZY for everyone.
I am a full time mum to a wild one year old. I quit my job as a health coach about 4 months after having Piper, and started working part time from home for my father in-laws engineering firm. I do coach no more than 5ish clients (more info under "shop") a week still because I enjoy it. I run Good For The Swole (that feels weird to say haha, but it honestly feels like a full time job with questions, emails, collaborations, affiliate work, and posts), and I'm going to teach spin 2x a week here in AZ again starting next week. So yeah. Life is busy for me too, just like it is for everyone.
Having a baby is quite the wake up call, for a number of reasons, but especially because THEY ARE SO UNPREDICTABLE. You think you have their schedule down, and then BAM, they decide to change everything you thought you knew. Some days I get everything done, and other days I just can't because Piper wants to be held all day, or refuses to nap, and decides to tantrum every hour (yep, she's already started doing that...).
Like I said, I am NO expert, and I only have one kid haha, but these are a few things that have helped me stay on top of things and stay *somewhat* organized:
PLAN/FIND A GOOD PLANNER
I have always LOVED schedules, planners, and to-do lists. There's nothing better than a new planner to me haha. I sound like a huge loser now, but I just like feeling organized. It helps me feel like I am controlling my life, rather than like I'm just floating along. I could write a whole blog post about planning, but if you don't plan out your day, then it's going to be over before you know it. It's hard to plan out every hour with a baby, because they're unpredictable, but planning out what needs to be done that day, what appointments you have, what you're going to make for dinner, WHEN you're doing to exercise (and what you're going to do) makes a WORLD of difference.
I got a Day Designer planner in April, and I was DYING for June to come so I could start using it (I got the mid-year one). I cannot rave enough about this planner. First off, they have the CUTEST designs, so I want to use it and always have it with me, but it's also SO practical! Every day has it's own page, with a to-do list, and time slots to schedule in appointments (and coaching calls). It also has a place to schedule dinner plans, notes, what's "due", etc. It's honestly amazing. This isn't sponsored haha, I just really love it. They have free printables on their website, so you can actually print off these pages for free if you want to try it out first.
Kids are unpredictable, and you can plan, and plan, and plan, but sometimes days are just hard. Every day I choose 3 things that are my top priority (other than looking after Pipes obvs). It's almost always workout, work, and something I have to get done that day, like grocery shopping or a doctor's appointment. On good days, I am able to get to more. On bad days, that's all I manage, and that's okay! It's not everything, but it's still something! I choose 3 things that are important to ME, and I absolutely HAVE to get done that day. And everything else comes next. The Day Designer also has a spot to write down your top 3 picks every day, which is where I got the idea, and it's helped so much!
Exercising consistently helps BIG TIME with productivity. Working out first thing in the morning can help set the tone for the day, give you more energy, and put you in a better mood. I guarantee you'll be more productive throughout the day if you start it off with some circulation. Whether it's waking up 15 minutes earlier, or going on a morning walk with you child/children, it's worth it!
Every day is a new day. Some days are just so sucky, and you just have to do the best you can. The most important thing is that your baby is taken care of. Some days I swear the only thing I did was keep Piper alive - the house is a mess, there's laundry coming out of my ears, and dinner is whatever I can whip together from the fridge. Although still important, a clean home doesn't make you a good mother. Being present and giving your child what he/she needs is what's most important.