Fantastic article! I've found that pre-planning works the best for me. I have laminated lists for weekly meals, cleaning tasks and misc errands for each week and I try to "front load" my week and get everything done by Thursday evening so my weekends are mostly free for having fun with friends and family (especially now that Summer is here!)
With two young children and a full-time job, it is the only way I get anything done.
The ideas mentioned in this article are the best!! I liked the one in where we go tech free every weekend :-). Though difficult if we have strong will power we can resist. Great article overall.
9/22/2013 2:56:51 PM
I am a working mother of three kids, and my biggest time drain is ferrying them to all their sports and after school clubs. Therefore, I keep a detailed calendar and "schedule" my exercise, computer time, etc. I would never miss a scheduled doctor's appointment, so I treat my scheduled "me" time as just as important. I try to teach my kids that exercise is a highly important component of their lives, but it seems counter-intuitive to gripe to them about all the time it takes to get them to sports. Scheduling dinner prep time, too, is a big way to save time when we are eating dinner out of tupperware between soccer games. It also keeps us out of the fast-food drive thru!!!
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Really a very good article. It's almost embarrassing the amount of time I waste in the evening in front of the computer and televison. As a matter of fact, last night the tv was on, and I was in front of my lap top, ipad and iphone all at the same time. I will be more aware of this from now on.
Technology is my biggest problem. I do turn off my phone at night, but I still spend too much time on the computer. I like the idea of setting a timer by the computer. Time does get away from me when I am checking e-mail, reading articles, and especially when playing a game. Thanks for all the good ideas.
I loved reading all of the great comments and suggestions with this practical article. One thing that works well for me is planning the most important things I need to do tomorrow the day before; it only takes me 15 minutes at the end of the day, and when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what to focus on, so I feel better. Sometimes it's the simple things like this that make the biggest difference to save time. I learned about it along with other good ideas at this site: http://www.timesmartme.com/timetips/plan -your-time/make-time/
I've been married over 40 years and long since raised my kids. I wonder how I ever managed when I worked and had 2 boys at home but I swear I think I did better then than I do now. I know technology (computer) has a lot to do with it. I really need to figure this out!
8/16/2013 12:43:40 PM
Here's a simple way to get some free time. Buy a small timer and leave it by your computer. Set it for a designated time, such as an hour. Start it when you sit at the computer, and when the timer goes off, get up from the computer and do something else. It's so easy to get wrapped up in reading, playing games, etc., that we can spend hours wasting time.
Another thing to do is to go to the library and borrow audio books. Listen to them while commuting to and from work, while walking, working out on the elliptical or treadmill. I even use them while knitting.
Turn off your cell phone. You really don't need to be in communication with everyone you know 24/7. Or at least start using the ignore button. This works especially if you have friends who have to call you several times a day. Let their calls go to voicemail (that's why it was invented), then return calls when YOU have time to talk.
Agree with some of this but not all. I intentionally grocery shop every other day. I want to have fresh foods in my house, and I will stop on the way home from work. I don't like to keep a large larder..but I will stock up on some dry goods and household supplies (like cleaning stuff, shop for that once a month maybe.) But fruits and veggies? I'm not doing that once a week.
Great article! I was thinking, while on my run today, that technology has also eliminated the need to get together and catch up with people. My high school aged son's preschool teacher for instance, we used to get together and catch up for lunch but Facebook keeps me completely informed of her life! My goal is to spend less time on the computer and more time with people with my "extra hour".
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