What would you do with a few extra hours in your day? Sleep? Spend time with your spouse? Take your kids to the park? Cook a healthy meal? What if I told you that you could add some extra time to your day by making a few simple changes?
I’ll show you how…
1st Clear the Clutter– You might have used this technique at your job or for your employees, so why not use it for your personal life? Take a week to inventory your schedule. Every 30 minutes write down what you did and be HONEST with yourself. If you spent 30 minutes on Facebook, write it down. If you spent 30 minutes trying to find the perfect rug on Overstock, write it down. If you spent 15 minutes looking for a dinner recipe on Pinterest, write it down. At the end of the week you’ll have a very good idea of how you spend your time. THEN see where you can batch your time. It’s not that spending 15 minutes looking for a recipe on Pinterest is a waste of time, but what if you took 30-45 minutes to find a recipe for each day of the week and save them. That way you know that you have at least 5 “go to” recipes and you don’t have to search one while the kids are staring at you wondering what’s for dinner. Trust me, with 3 boys, I’ve been there many times. Also, see if there are activities taking up your time that aren’t serving you anymore and replace them with activities that give you energy, peace, and take you a step closer to your goals. Be your own boss when it comes to your personal calendar and hold yourself accountable.
2nd The Golden Triangle– This technique comes for “The Pie Life” by Samantha Ettus. If you are a working mama you should really get your hands on this book ASAP. I don’t completely agree with some of her parenting techniques but I 110% agree with her time organization techniques. There is gold in this book. She talks about grouping your trips with a smaller radius. The “Golden Triangle” that is defined by three points our workplace, home, and our children’s school. Since your already have to go to these places already why not make your errands within this triangle. Find a gym between work and home. Make your doctors, dentists, hairdressers with the triangle and you can save hours each month.
3rd Change Your Attitude about being busy. Too many times I answered the question “How are you doing?” with one word, BUSY. It was like a mom code or something. If I wasn’t a “busy” mom, then my kids didn’t have enough experiences, my kids were missing out on being exposed to sports, music etc. This is bullshit. Now more than ever our kids need downtime, without electronics, without our influence, just alone to have their own thoughts, to be creative, to explore their worlds within themselves. I know that sounds woo woo to some of you but our children are stimulated all day, every day, and they lack the ability to be still. How will they hear their inner voice, their source, to be the person they were created to be if they can’t quiet their mind to listen? Let’s stop depriving them of that and give them space. Having family quiet time in the evening or the morning can add 30 minutes or an hour to your day and teach them a vital skill that they probably won’t learn anywhere else. Yes, it will be hard at first. Yes, they’ll think it’s stupid at first. Yes, it’ll take some time to get used to for everyone, but it can make a huge difference and add time to your day.
Here are a few bonus tips for you:
Use the grocery pick up option! Most grocery stores are getting with the program. You order online and pick up the groceries curbside. It’s not being lazy, it’s giving you more time to spend with the ones you love instead of trekking through the grocery isles after work. Plus, it’ll save you money and could even force you to eat healthier because you won’t be tempted by all those “extras.”
Another one from Samantha: Create a gift stash. When a store is having a sale stock up on a few gifts for kids so that you’re not rushed to find something when you get that last minute birthday party invite. And buy a box of cards. Nobody will care whether the card came from a bulk box or if you stood in front of the hallmark section at the store for 15 minutes trying to find the perfect one. Etsy has some really cute card boxes now anyway.
Remember, how we spend our time is a choice. We can spend our time on things that bring us down or build us up, but we always have a choice.