Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ten Time-Saving Tips To Make Your Life As A Busy Mom Easier

It's hard to find time for yourself.  I know that it's for me to find the time I need to get what I need to get done finished.  I have spent some time thinking of ways to save time today and I would like to share with you what I have come up with.

Get Organized - You can save a lot of time by figuring out the quickest way to do something and then doing it that way every time.  If you don't have to spend a lot of time finding things then you have already saved time.

Designate Days - Choose a day to do your laundry, shopping, grocery shopping, and cleaning.  Stick to your schedule and then you won't have to think about those things the other days of the week.

Figure Out Where You Are Wasting Time -  For one whole week write down how you spend every minute of every day.  Then you can look over that log and figure out where you are wasting time and eliminate the time wasters.

Write Things Down -  Keep a note pad handy.  Write down what you are planning to do.  Write down what you need to get.  Write down everything.  Having that note pad will eliminate spending time trying to figure out what it was that you were going to do or what you needed to get.

Buy Things In Bulk -  Buy groceries and household supplies in bulk.  That way you won't have to make a lot of trips to the store.  I always have a stock of drugstore items and groceries to eliminate quick trips to the store that always end up taking time out of my already busy day.

Make A File System -  Designate a place for everything and put everything in it's place.  Make folders for bills, receipts, insurance information, credit card information, and anything else you have and may need later.  You can use a cardboard box and file folders.

Finish What Your Start - When you start a project, work on it until it is finished. Starting projects without finishing them doesn't do you any good.

Maximize Your Trips - I do all my shopping on the way to work or on the way home from work.  Once we are home for the evening we do not go back out for anything.

Have A Reading Pile - Keep everything you want to read, including mail and magazines, in a pile by the couch or bed so you can read it all at once when you get time.

Review Your Priorities - You may enjoy watching tv and find joy in it but don't over do it. If you are watching upwards of three or four hours of television a day, that time is probably better spent doing something else.

I'm sure you all can come up with some tips to save time in our busy lives.  I would love to hear from you. What do you do to save time? 

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Starbucks blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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