Being efficient and productive is no easy feat. Throw a whining toddler in the mix and that's a recipe for disaster! Today, I am going to share a few tips to save you some time, energy, and patience.
My hope is that these tips will help free up extra time in your day to allow you to engage in some activities that bring you peace and joy. Good luck Moms! You’ve got this!.
5. Prepping the Night Before
Instead of rushing to make breakfast for the family, packing lunches, and figuring out something appropriate for your children to wear, prepare as much as possible beforehand. No one likes to be crunched for time.
Everyone wants to reduce panic in the morning. Take a few extra moments each evening to lay out outfits and make some sandwiches. You’ll feel so much better when you’re actually able to catch your breath each morning.
4. You Don’t Have to Do it All
Once you accept the fact that you cannot do it all, you’ll become a whole lot happier. Do you want to organize the best birthday ever for your child, volunteer to coach soccer at your kid’s school, bake cupcakes for the school fundraiser, drop each kid off at their favorite afterschool event every time they ask? Sure!
But you just can’t do it all. No one is saying that you moms aren’t superheroes. You are! But unfortunately, you don’t have the superhuman ability to be at two places at once. Not only that, your energy is a finite resource! Prioritize meaningful events to add to your schedule and cut the rest.
3. Cut the Distractions
When you need to get something finished, find a place that is free of all distractions. Ask someone to look after the kids for a little bit of time so you can get down to business. Don’t forget your calendar, planner, or organization system. I would recommend going unplugged when an important task is at hand.
Let’s be honest, Facebook and Instagram are so distracting! If you’re using an organization app on your phone, make sure to log out of all social media. Make sure you’re out of earshot of your kid’s stereo or your husband’s phone call. How can you get anything done if you hear Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the background?
Not only are you saving the planet, you’re saving yourself some time each morning or afternoon when you carpool. Find a reliable mom with a kid that doesn’t drive you bananas.
Carpooling with save you and your carpool buddies oodles of time! If you don’t have a carpool team, make friends with the other parents at your kid's school, programs and lessons. Everyone wins when you take turns driving the kids around.
1. Double the Recipe
You set down the heaping platter of lasagna for your smiling family members. To your shock, the meal is gobbled down within seconds. You barely had time to bat an eye before the platter was polished clean, leaving nothing but a few crumbs. Growing children can consume a lot of food!
Instead of cooking each and every day, make more than you expect and serve leftovers at the following meal time. Buy a slow cooker to save you some time. Dump in the ingredients and let it simmer as you go about your daily routine. It’s not 1955 anymore - you shouldn’t have to slave away in the kitchen all day.
I hope these time-management tips allow you to save yourself some stress and energy. When you’re busy cooking, packing lunches, and driving your kids around, day in and day out, there’s no room to care for yourself!
Hopefully after reading this blog, you find that your schedule is a bit more flexible. Maybe now you can take that Spanish class that you’ve always wanted to take! (Or practice yoga, or watch your favorite show, or read a book, or call your best friend) I encourage you to do more things each day that help you feel more grounded. I know you’re busy moms, so thanks for taking the time to read this!
Know of any other tips that can help other moms save time? Please tell us in the comments below!