Book Review: Time Management Mama

July 8, 2015


Time Management Mama
Sarah Korhnak and Beth Anne Schwamberger
174 pages
Kindle edition

From the Publisher:
Productivity is hard. Accomplishing big goals is even harder, and trying to grow a business or pursue a great big goal while raising kids feels almost impossible! 

This book is for those of us who are mixing motherhood with other passions. We are raising babies while working tirelessly at an enormous goal. We are playing with preschoolers while pursuing our passions. It is difficult enough to manage a home and love on our children without adding impossible dreams to the mix. But we know you can do it, and this book can help! 

As a mamapreneur, being productive in the home is just as important as being productive with your business. The two go hand in hand because we juggle the kids, the home, and the business all day long. Using our time wisely in one area inevitably helps the other areas as well. 

We don’t have the luxury of a 9-5 schedule where we can work exclusively on our business or big dream. Many of us are choosing to stay home with our kids and build our dream business in the snatches of time we find between carpools, bottles, and play dough. 

Others of us still work a traditional 9-5 job, so our margins in the hours-off must be balanced wisely to have time for our families as well as time to pursue other passions. The exhaustion of a 9-5 job fuels the fire for building a business where we can be our own boss. 

As moms, it’s not possible to simply cross the home-front off the list and move on. Meals, laundry, and cleaning can’t be put off indefinitely. Our families are more pleasant when they are fed, clean, and not living in filth. 

We get it. We live there. 

We’ve drawn from our own experiences, trials, and errors when writing this book. We type not from corner offices and conference rooms but from crusty couches and crumb-filled kitchens. We’ve gathered the best tips from other moms in the trenches too. So you’ll hear not only what works for us, but what works for them too. This book is full of strategies used by real moms that help them to be as productive as possible in their day-to-day lives. When used together, these strategies will give you the margins you need to pursue your biggest passions instead of letting another year pass by wondering, “what if…” 

I LOVED this book.  It was one of my favorite free book finds I’ve read in a long time. I saw this book on Money Saving Mom blog listed as a free download and it looked just like something I would love, and for free, why not.  I was not disappointed at all!

I never really set out to be a working mom – working from home or from the office, or anywhere.  But then again, 11 years ago when I set out being a first time mom, I didn’t think we would ever (in my wildest dreams) open our own medical practice from scratch.  There is so much involved.  As much as we would love work and family to not mix, the office is kinda like part of our family too.  I thought this book would give me some great ideas on how to manage my time.  In fact, I think it would give you great ideas on how to manage your time if you were a full time stay at home mom too.

It was really encouraging and I highlighted so many passages in this entire book. The first couple chapters talk about finding time to research your top passions and goals, then taking charge of your time to make those happen.  One of my favorite chapters was about the To-Do list.  I LOVE lists.  This chapter was written just for me.  It also had a lot of quotes and ideas from other mompreneurers and what worked and didn’t work for them.  There was also humor and real life mixed in with this book…for example the one great chapter on “Why Habits aren’t Just for Nuns”

I read this book after reading Dr. Leman’s book and I think this is more of what I was looking for.  There was a whole chapter devoted to saying no, and why it is difficult.  I really learned a lot from that chapter…great practical, real advice.

These ladies are moms.  They are real.  I love that.

“I know that you’re doing the best you can.  
You’re a mom and quiet is as rare as sparkling floor in your house.”

I really can’t say enough good things about this short little book.  It might be a top favorite of the summer.  It’s a great encouraging read.  And if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free right now.  (you don’t need a kindle to read a kindle book, you can download the app for your computer or phone)

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