How do you balance work and family? Learn how to maximize the time you have and make the most of those precious hours with these time-saving tips.
Wake up early
Successful people are early risers. They get 30-40 minutes to work on their personal projects before the family wakes up.
Use these early hours to plan your day, catch up on emails, exercise or simply enjoy a relaxing breakfast and some quality 'alone' time. Moms are encouraged to get a healthy amount of sleep every day. Sleep early and wake up early before your child.
Buy things in bulk
Going to the supermarket more than thrice with your children can take a toll on you.
Make a list of all the things you need for the week and inform every member of your household that you are going for shopping. Bulk in bulk saves time and money.
The key to organizing is practicing an order a lifestyle. Experts suggest that you divide your to-do list into three sections: those things that need to be taken care of immediately, those that can get done anytime during the week, and those that are long-term or ongoing projects.
Figure out your time wasters
Time wasters are usually house chores you do every day. Figure out your time wasters and how to fast track things.
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Prepare the night before
Packing their school bags, ironing, preparing breakfast all other daily chores can be a challenge every morning when you also have to prepare for work.
Do as much as you can the night before to get prepared. This can cut down on the chaos in the morning when people are tired and more irritable.
Learn to consolidate jobs and get things done during downtime. Pay bills or go over your child's homework while you're sitting in a waiting room. Get a phone headset so you can do other chores while making phone calls.
Assign jobs to every member of the family
Teach your children how to perform simple house chores such as sorting laundry, picking things up, arranging their books on the shelf, laying their bed or clearing the table after meals. You are teaching them to be responsible adults in the future while relieving you of your duties.
Take advantage of apps and the Internet
These days, there is an app for everything. Take advantage of technology to help save time and your sanity. With banking apps, you can deposit checks from your phone.
Pay bills online and have them automatically deducted from your bank account. Buy gifts from Web sites and save yourself from store crowds.
Take advantage of your commute
Are you stuck in traffic for 45 minutes every day on the way to work? Take advantage of this time and do something for yourself. You can create a blog and write your daily experiences, listen to audiobooks, or make some artworks.
Cook ahead on the weekend
Spend Saturday afternoon preparing dinners for the rest of the week. Freezer in smaller quantities preferably in microwavable bowls with the days boldly written on top.
If you have food prepared ahead of time, it won't matter if you get stuck in traffic or have to work a little late.The oldest person in the family can heat up the food for the kids.