Secrets of Success

Timing Reality




After baby #2 came along, it seemed I was always flustered and running late. I realized my day planning needed a reality check!

The solution? For 2 weeks I timed routine activities whenever possible. For example, I tracked:
-The average time of morning and evening commute
-Average time per night to bathe kids
-Average time to dress kids
-Average time to cook dinner
-Average time to clean up each night
-Average time per grocery trip (still tracking)

More Information:

Time it down to the minute and log it in Excel, then average it over time. The time you spend doing this will pay off big in your ability to better plan your day and week. Its also an eye-opener to see where you could scale back.

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  • When our second child arrived, it seems like between the chores and obligations we were always behind and late, we decided to divide the chores, alternating our families between sundays after going to church, and spending saturdays with by our self with the kids, and fridays for just us, since then, we seem to be having a lot more time for us, although the kids try their best to take it away from us! but we have been able to enforce a sleep time for them. Now I take care of the groceries and the cooking, my wife takes care of the children getting dressed, showered, and feeding them, and I take care of them at night, and we both clean the house alternating days, and we can negotiate trading chores on a board, which makes it interesting sometimes. - by JT1965
  • REDTOP72
    When I tried this, I had to face a reality that was actually very freeing, that there really weren't enough hours in the day to do everything and still get enough sleep! So I am trying to find completely different approaches, e.g., cooking ahead and freezing meals, exercising during TV shows, etc. - by REDTOP72

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