All busy moms have one thing (at least) in common: we need more than 24 hours a day. We NEVER finish what we want to get done and end up staying up later and later trying to cram it in, only to find ourselves less productive the next day because we’re so exhausted. Here are a few ways you can add more hours to the day without loosing sleep:
1. Pray. I get SO much more done on days when I pray. Just for the record: productivity isn’t my main motivation for praying. But I’ve noticed that I get way more done when I’m “good with God”, and I don’t think it’s coincidence.
2. Decide upon set times for using social media, and STICK TO THEM. Facebook and Pinterest are LEECHES when it comes to draining time out of our day. They’re also incredibly entertaining and often very effective in terms of networking and sharing ideas. So use them, but within restricted time periods.
3. Save time cooking.
- Option 1: Freeze several meals in advance. You can either make double of something freeze half, and then warm it up for another meal later, or freeze the uncooked ingredients and then pop them in the oven when you’re ready to cook them. Either way, you’ll save yourself a considerable amount of prep time.
- Option 2: Use your Crock-Pot A LOT! There a MANY crock-pot meals that just require you to throw a few ingredients together and then enjoy doing other things while it cooks away all day!
4. Make your to do list the night before. Going to sleep already knowing your priorities for the next day helps you get to a more efficient start the next morning.
5. Let your kids help. Our children are often more capable than we think, and rise to the occasion when we give them the opportunity. You might have to invest a little more time in the beginning to teach your kids how to do more things, but it pays off. In addition to saving your time, getting your kids involved is a great way for them to develop new skills and learn that everyone contributes to the family.
6. Decrease your shopping time as much as possible. Consider doing a large shopping once a month to save time each week. You might even be able to do your shopping on line so all you have to do is pick up your order or wait for it to be delivered to your door! When its holiday or birthday time, do your gift shopping online. It saves a lot of time and hassle, and sometimes traffic and long lines.
7. TAKE BREAKS. If you’re like me, you often avoid breaks thinking you’ll get more done by using that time to “do things”. But taking periodic breaks throughout the day actually refreshes us and lets our mind rest for a few minutes, making us even more productive when we get “on task” again.
Implementing some, or all of these strategies should end up saving you a considerable amount of time that you can dedicate to more important things. Even with extra time, avoid being a workaholic and making productivity your #1 goal. Instead of trying to cram in more “to dos”, prioritize having more quality time with your kids and family… you won’t regret it!