I apologize I’ve been a bit absent from my blog lately. Summer is in full swing and I’ve been trying to soak up every bit of sunshine that I can! More importantly, I’ve spent the last month trying to set up some new routines in my life.
Time management is a huge struggle for me. I have a lot of struggles, but this is one that I can never seem to overcome. I know I’m not the only one that can never find enough time in the day. I mean, how is it 9 pm already? You know that feeling. I ask myself that every day.
I really had to sit down and think about my day. How and when do I best work? What causes me to delay getting things done? For me, I know I need to stop working by noon. When lunch time rolls around, I get busy making lunch and then I see dirty dishes, laundry, floors to vacuum, etc. At that point, all blog work stops and housework begins. Throw in Sophie’s dance and gymnastics classes, story-hour at the library, etc. our week fills up pretty quick.
After much thought, there were a few things I knew and a lot that I learned:
- I work best in the morning and coffee is essential. This I knew 🙂
- Housework causes most of my distractions.
What did that mean for me? I knew this meant that I had to be free of housework to start my day. That seems a bit daunting and impossible, I know. I knew I needed to make the most of my time, so I figured out what tasks I could multi-task on…work is not one of them!
How to get More Time out of Your Day
- Time starts the minute you wake up. Immediately make your bed. Try it for a couple of days and you’ll thank me for it someday later. In a past post, I told you another struggle of mine. I have a really hard time drinking enough water throughout the day, so the first thing I do is fill my straw cup up with fruit infused (usually lemon) water and start drinking it.
- I told you coffee is an essential for me, so my next step is to brew a pot of coffee. Don’t stop there.
- Turn on the washer and throw a load of clothes in it. I highly recommend, investing in a laundry sorter. It will save you so much time.
- I do not have a dishwasher in our current rental so I have to hand wash all the dishes. While the coffee is brewing I put away the dishes. It’s like a race to me to see if I can get them put away before the coffee is done brewing. Sorry Keurig users, I like to drink coffee throughout the day so I like to use a coffee pot even though it takes slightly longer to brew. While putting away the dishes, suck down some more water. I swear by using a straw. I drink so much faster with one.
- By the time the coffee is done brewing, your bed is made, a load of laundry is washing, dishes are put away and you just drank 16 oz. of water. Congratulate yourself for just completing four tasks in less than five minutes. Refill your water glass and take a few more sips.
- With your coffee, sit down and write out your daily to-do list. Notice I said, DAILY. Focus on the most important tasks for the day. Be realistic with yourself. I have two lists that I write out: Blog work and life/housework.
- Now that you’ve had your coffee, you are ready to start crossing things off that list. Start with the LEAST time consuming tasks first. It will build momentum as you are quickly crossing things off your to-do list.
- When your laundry is done washing, put it in the dryer and do NOT throw another load in the washer. Did you ever wonder how other people do not have piles of laundry lying around every where? Look forward to another post about this later!
- Work on more tasks.
- Ding, your laundry load is done. Immediately start folding it and once the entire basket is folded. Put all laundry away. Laundry is out of sight and done for the day.
- As soon as dinner is done cooking, immediately fill the sink with water and let the days dishes soak while you eat. This will help looses up any harden food which will make it easier to wash. Once everyone is done eating dinner, wash the dishes. It will take you about five minutes. It is the greatest feeling to wake up in the morning and not see a pile of dirty dishes. Your kitchen will look clean!
- Pick out you and your kids clothes for the next day…and your husband’s too if he needs a little help! This will save you more time in the morning because you won’t stand in front of your closet for twenty minutes trying to figure out what to wear. If you’re like me and live in an area with four seasons, check the weather and choose items appropriately. I actually do this on a weekly basis. I choose outfits for the entire week and check the weather the night before to make sure the weather didn’t change. If I did, I then add layering pieces or substitute items as necessary. Don’t forget to include socks, underwear, shoes and any accessories you want to wear. Again, this just saves you time in the morning.
- Implement the five-minute clean up rule. Before bed time, EVERYONE has to clean for five minutes. You are not alone in making a mess and you certainly did not throw your husband’s dirty socks next to the couch or scatter your kids’ toys throughout the house. Set a timer if you need to. Make it a game and see who can pick up the most stuff. When you wake up the next morning, you will not have clutter lying around the house.
Do you have a daily routine? What do you do to carry out your daily tasks? Share your tips below!