Do you tend to roll your eyes or grind your teeth when your kids tell you they’re bored? I know I do and often wonder if it’s because I’m just jealous. But seriously…I doubt the “b” word is used much as an adult. We wake up earlier, go to sleep later, multitask at every opportunity day after day to mark things off our to-do list.
Here are 7 time-saving takeaways for busy moms to get IT done!
- Organize your day. Planning your day will keep you focused and on track. Schedule your appointments and meetings in the morning so you are ready to tackle the afternoon chaos of carpool, homework and dinner.
If your career has you in an office, use your lunch break to make calls or run errands.
- Be flexible. Be kind to yourself when building your to-do list. Things happen and life gets in the way sometimes. We cannot predict when our children will be sick or when they come home from summer camp with lice (sadly, true story). Appointments and projects can be rescheduled … even if it’s inconvenient.
- Delegate. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to the family. Small tasks like folding towels can be assigned to your younger kiddos while bigger tasks like setting the table or cutting the grass can be assigned to tweens and teenagers. Asking your significant other to help may be the only way your family can juggle all the moving parts. Don’t have buy-in? Remind them it’s a partnership.
- Plan dinner. The last thing you need is to come home at the end of a long day and realize all you have for dinner is frozen chicken. A simple weekday solution is freezing and defrosting meals. Another solution for the weekday hustle is to repurpose leftovers. Last night’s grilled chicken can be a tossed in tonight’s salad. If all else fails, breakfast for dinner is also a good alternative.
Beat the weekday hustle by setting out clothes the night before.
- Carpool. If you live in a neighborhood where other kids are in the same activity or sport, carpooling is a no-brainer. It buys you time and saves you mileage.
- Say no. While your heart may say yes to PTA treasurer, your mouth may have to say no. I am all for volunteering, but think before you commit. If you need a second opinion, reach out to your BFF. She will remind you why this will not fit into your life at the moment. Remember to thank her later.
- Simplify beauty routine. Buy make-up that does double duty and invest in dry shampoo. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, wear it up with bigger earrings than you typically do. Everyone will notice your great earrings and not your second day hair.