Balancing a career, home and motherhood is the modern woman’s challenge. Try out these time saving tips to make your life a little easier and more enjoyable. These tips will not only help you to be more efficient, but they will also help you to turn the time you spend getting things done into quality time.
Capitalizing on the night before
Instead of waking up at dawn and scrambling to find outfits for the kids and to prepare breakfast for everyone, get everything ready the evening before. Spend 15 minutes before going to bed planning the logistics of the next day. Set the coffee and water in the coffeemaker so all you have to do is push start in the morning.
Put out clothes, pack lunches and write out any bills that you can mail on the way to work. Write a list of all the errands, chores and appointments that you want to attend to the next day. Then go to sleep peacefully instead of thinking about all the things that you have to do when you wake up.
The next time that you prepare arroz con pollo or a batch of tamales, prepare enough for lunch the next day, another dinner or a quick snack later in the week. Nourishing soups and stews are great for freezing and enjoying at a later date. Make an extra batch of tortilla soup and put it in the freezer.
All you have to do for a healthy meal is simmer the soup, slice a fresh avocado, toast some tortillas and put on a dollop of sour cream. Healthy, home-cooked food is still important, even if you don’t have a lot of time for cooking. With leftovers you get the best of both worlds: fast meals and the comfort food your family loves.
Time saving exercise tips
Between work, family and taking care of your home, finding time for a workout is almost impossible. Still, exercise is essential for your well-being and for being able to sustain a demanding lifestyle. Squeeze in a little physical activity each day to improve energy levels, to reduce stress and to stay in shape.
Walk to the post office, to work or to the store instead of driving if you can. Put on some music and move your body while you are vacuuming or doing the laundry. Spend time with your children cycling, playing soccer or even doing things at home together like yoga or dance.
You don’t have to give up things like a clean home, your health, time with your kids or even tasty meals because you have a lot of responsibilities. Use these time saving tips to get yourself started and come up with some of your own that work for your lifestyle.
Be creative with your time by getting some exercise while you are cleaning the house or preparing three meals in one (imagine nights when you do not have to cook!). With a little organization and planning, you can have it all!