Do you feel like there’s just not enough time in the day?
It’s completely understandable, and once you have kids, the little time we do seem to have to ourselves seems to vanish! Parenting is hard, and it leaves us with less energy for keeping our lives organised.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try these six methods to set your life running smoothly again.
Getting on top of your time management is key!
Set yourself a rough time for how long you want to spend on each task and try to keep within that limit.
Use an app such as Remember the Milk to organise and track your tasks! This will give you much more time to really start enjoying your days.
- Meal Plan
Plan your meals ahead before doing the weekly food shop in order to keep on top of your cooking.
When you plan all your meals in advance, you’ll reduce the likelihood of needing to make any unexpected runs to the supermarket – and when you have to bring the kids on these excursions it can really cut into your already packed schedule! Plus, planning your meals will prevent impulse purchases in the supermarket, meaning you’ll save a few pounds too.
Delegate as many household chores as you can – this is a great way to teach your little ones household responsibility, and even better if you can make a game out of it!
Eventually, your children will reach the age when they are perfectly capable of tidying their own bedrooms. So as soon as they can, make sure they know it’s their job and not yours! My twelve year old now even does her own laundry and that’s taken a quarter of my weekly laundry burden from me!
- Distance Learning
Furthering your education is probably essential if you’re thinking about returning to your career at some point.
However, university class schedules are hardly ideal for busy parents. Instead, consider pursuing new qualifications with a distance learning institution such as Anglia Ruskin University. Their online degrees offer full flexibility, meaning you can fit your studies around your own personal schedule.
- Bulk Buy
But only the essentials. It’s easy to go overboard at a warehouse such as Costco, but ask yourself, do you really need a 1kg bag of crisps? Probably not. However, bulk buying is great for items such as shampoo and toilet paper, things you use every day and are likely to suddenly find that you’ve run out of! Plus larger packaging that you can refill at home is much better for the environment as less single-us plastics end up in landfill.
- Reach Out for Help
If you’re still finding that you don’t have enough time to get all of your chores done, it’s okay to get help. Consider hiring a cleaner or a gardener to come as often as you need them to, as this will help you keep on top of things. Asking for help doesn’t come easy to all of us, but it will lift a weight from your shoulders and free up more time for you to start enjoying life!
Trying to find balance in our hectic days can be challenge, but if you find a way to restore some order to your schedule, you’ll find yourself far less stressed.
How do you keep your day running smoothly? Share your tips in the comments below!