Below is a list of daily shortcuts (mamahacks if you will) that have helped me survive, dare I say, succeed, the past 13 months of working motherhood.
1. Dry shampoo. Multiple brands, multiple applications, multiple days of dirty hair.
2. Ice coffee year round (I cold brew a big batch and it is always at the ready. When even that is too much I buy it in a huge bottle).
3. Drafting blog posts / work emails in the middle of the night on my phone with the brightness turned all the way down while I nurse / rock / hold the won't sleep / teething / sick FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME baby.
4. Soup for dinner on the regular. One pot! One bowl! One handed eating!
5. Downsized purse to mini clutch with my essentials (wallet, phone, Chapstick, lotion, dental floss, Altoids, Band-Aids, panty liners (rip in half and they're nipple pads!)) that can go from work bag to diaper bag to stroller to carry-on. I use the little bag that came with my favorite travel tote ever.
6. Read the NYTimes Book Review in lieu of reading actual books (due to lack of time and/or desire / energy).
7. Shop online. For everything. On my phone in the middle of the night (see number 3) is where/when I complete all of our household errands. From toilet paper to groceries to BB cream to clothing to omg we needed this yesterday baby gear - there is very little I purchase in person.
8. Text as primary means of communication. When our toddler (!!) was a newborn he'd snuggle up on my chest and sleep right through my phone conversations - no more. Talking that close to him now wakes and/ or distracts. During waking hours conducting a phone conversation in his general vicinity means he will frantically grab for the phone. My friendship and sibling banter is now conducted via text and email while the kid sleeps or while I am walking to, waiting for, or riding the subway. Kid to family communication is done via Google video chat (good luck keeping the mouse & keyboard away from a one year old) and FaceTime.
9. Everyday objects. When all else fails and I need 10 min to get something done - a full box of tissues is sure to entertain. Or a handled paper bag full of crumbled up tissue paper. Or an empty beer case. You get the idea.
10. Babywearing. When I NEED to get chores done but kiddo just can't be apart from me, or when I need to take the subway, or when he is sick and needs a snuggle but I am not in the mood to sit for hours, up into the carrier he goes! (When he was wee, we were all about the stretchy wrap).
11. The best parenting partner ever. <- Not a shortcut or hack but important to mention.
Got some hacks of your own?? Mama or otherwise?? Please, do share in the comments!