Do you ever have that nagging suspicion that you really could get everything done-wash your hair, feed your kids, kiss your husband more-if you just had oh, about a million extra minutes in your day? Well, momagenda can’t multiply your time (unfortunately) but we can help you maximize it. Momagenda understands that for today’s mother, life is more than just a juggling routine-It’s one of those freaky circus acts where you walk across trapezes with a thousand things balanced on your shoulders. That’s why Momagenda was created: to help you make sense of it all, not just through products but also through a new, peace-inducing mindset. So, in addition to the number one timesaver-our awesome Momagenda day planner- here are a few tips to help you milk those precious minutes for all they’re worth…
These timesaver tips are categorized into traditional mommy pastimes that take wayyyyy too long…if you aren’t prepared. Below are ways to more efficiently manage each situation.
A mother’s life is full of errands, from dentist appointments, to soccer practices, to grocery shopping. Here’s some ways to revolutionize these tedious tasks:
When running errands, make a list of what you need before you leave the house, and map out your route before leaving home. This way you can plan the most convenient course to all your errands, or try and consolidate all your tasks into one shopping center. These tips prevent any annoying ‘oh-I-forgot-to-mail-that-letter’ moments, or worse driving from Timbuktu and back only to find there was a post office right next across the street from your kids’ pediatrician.
A key time (and money) saving strategy for meal preparation is to plan your meals for the week in advance. Sunday afternoon is often a good mellow time to do this, but any day that works for you is fine. Mapping out meals for the week will make grocery shopping easier (read: faster) and relieve the stress of constantly having to come up with creative dishes. Cooking with kids underfoot can be stressful and take longer because of constant interruptions, so turn your chore into a soothing pastime by cooking only after your kids are in bed. Whip up preservable meals like stews, chilis, and pancake batters and store for ready-made meals. Don’t grocery shop during peak hours (11 a.m-1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and while shopping, stockpile non-perishables like soup, pasta, and paper products.
Entertaining Your Children
This is one of the main time-melters in today’s competitive mommy world. Don’t feel the need to get carried away, programming your children’s days in 15-minute increments. Often times kids are happiest just playing street hockey or pal-ing around with the neighbors, so save yourself time by eliminating the to-and-fro of martial arts classes and haiku sessions. Substitute with the simple things in life: bike riding, bug collecting, and board games to bond with your kids and bring your family together.
There’s no question, paying bills can be a pain. To avoid wasting time or last minute fees, try creating a bill-paying folder. Compile stamps, bills, envelopes and your checkbook into a pocketbook or day planner compartment, then whip out the next time you are waiting for the doctor, the dentist, or even your morning latte in an extra-long starbucks line.
Getting Out the Door
Getting out the door with a gaggle of little ones underfoot can be tricky and timely. Banish those ‘why-the-heck-are-my-keys-in-the-veggie-drawer?’ moments by investing in a key hook and attaching bright, noticeable baubles (make sure they’re child safe) to your key chain. Set out lunches, clothes, briefcases, and purses the night before and put everything you need by the door for an all-in-one-swoop exit.
Clean your house one room at a time, with the help of a cleaning caddy to keep your supplies centrally located. You will feel more of a sense of accomplishment as you leave that top-to-bottom sparkling room than you would from a cursory cleansing of your whole house that leaves each room only mildly dirty. The caddy helps eliminate unnecessary exertion and time expended from traveling back and forth to grab cleaning supplies. And if you still feel overworked, don’t feel guilty about hiring a housekeeper to come in twice a month for the heavy cleaning, or having your kids help out by creating a chore chart. You’re a mother, which means you run the family circus, but that doesn’t mean you’re a one-woman show.
Some Other Time-Saving Rules of Thumb
Share the work: It’s not just your responsibility to care for the house and kids. By splitting the work with your significant other, you cut the time in…well, you do the math. DadAgenda anyone?
Do it online: Services like Netflix, Shutterfly and Homegrocer can help you minimize running around by accomplishing tasks from home. In this day and age it is possible to pay all your bills, develop your film, order a pizza and rent movies without ever leaving the house. Used wisely, the internet is a beautiful time-saver. Just be careful not to get distracted, because the internet is also a huge time waster!
According to msn.com, from which the tips in this article are based, you could save 24 hours a week, seven weeks a year by following these timesaving strategies. Seven extra weeks a year? Now there’s a mom agenda we can live with!
Some Tips Taken from MSN “Secrets of Supermom”