Most mothers are heavily reliant on some kind of routine – probably many routines, in fact. If those routines become disrupted or we are too tired and overwhelmed to fulfil them however, things can get complicated. Timesaving tips and techniques can be the difference between a productive day, and going to bed still worried about all that is left to do. We’re busier than ever these days, so why not try implementing a few of these into your daily routine?
The Ten-Minute Tidy
There is currently a wealth of advice and literature out there that preaches the benefits of keeping tidy. Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ has become a cult favourite. While it might not be possible to clean our home from top to bottom, the ten minute tidy is gaining popularity. It’s just what it sounds like. Pick a problem area, perhaps the kitchen, living room, or even bedside cabinet, set a timer on your watch or phone for ten minutes, and get tidying. You’ll be astonished at the difference you can make in the time it takes to brew a cup of tea!
Don’t Trawl the Net
The internet can be essential for getting things done, but with so many pop-ups and distractions, we often forget why we logged on in the first place! If you have a specific job to do or something to research, stick to a reputable website or a search engine that can do the work for you. If you’re looking for jobs to do from home, for example, try a one-stop-shop rather than several other sites at once. Or if you need home insurance or cheap car insurance rates, some sites handle both. With a few minutes initial research, you can select the single website that can do several jobs. Many find that they can slash their internet time by an hour or more at a time with this method.
Time Off can be a Timesaver
It is common not to make time for yourself with a family, and even to feel guilty about doing so. However, it is important to remember that taking some time to relax can mean you’ll return refreshed and far more productive. In the long-term, you’ll save more time as a result. No-one wants a zombie for a mother! Even if it simply means a long hot bath or foot massage, park your kids in front of an engaging movie and kick back!
A good night’s sleep is perhaps one of the greatest luxuries for a busy mother. But why not use those few free minutes in an evening when your children are in bed to catch up with tasks you’d normally delay until morning? Set out the cereal and bowls beforehand, for example, or make the lunches, lay out the uniforms, and get that shopping list done. Forbes recently listed a selection of To-Do apps that make list-making fun as well as effective. More chores might be the last thing you feel like at the end of a busy day, but a few extra minutes in the morning could make you feel more positive and in control.