Summer is officially here which means a bit of chaos in my house and life. It seems like there are a million things going on between work, managing the kids social lives and sports, trying to find an ounce of “me” time and managing the home. It can feel overwhelming and stressful if you don’t take back some control of your time. I have learned over the years that there are simple tips and strategies to finding more time in my day and using my time more wisely. I think for a lot of women, the stressful time zappers are managing the mornings, cleaning the house, doing laundry, reading email and scheduling everyone’s lives. It doesn’t surprise me that I have been dyeing my hair for over ten years, the gray just seems to pop up more and more often:) Life just seems to go at turbo speed when you have kids, but my wish for everyone reading this is to enjoy the ride and capture the crazy moments when they happen instead of feeling like everything is just rushing past you. I want to offer some strategies to enjoy more time everyday and push the time zappers away.
Manage your mornings better
How crazy are your mornings? Mine just got crazier now that swim team practices started. I definitely feel like there are days that start off running and don’t stop. I’ve learned to do as much as I can the evening before, because mornings are always crazier than evenings. Now that my kids are a bit older, they can set their own alarm clock and get reading for swim practice or school. Lay out clothes the night before. Pack lunches and set the coffee maker the night before. Look at your calendar and prepare what you need for the next day. I lay out the towels and goggles for the kids the night before. Just prepping a little the night before will save you quite a bit of time in the morning.
Cleaning the house
Something my family has done for years is designate Sunday morning as cleaning day. Instead of stressing about it all week, cleaning a little here and there, and then feeling like you are constantly cleaning and organizing, is to designate a set time every week to do the major cleaning. Then you can just pick up here and there throughout the week. Everyone can pitch in and participate in their specific chores and it will get done fairly quickly. My kids strip their beds right away, do their cleaning, help make their beds with the clean sheets and they are done for the week. Another tip is to keep wipes and Windex in every bathroom and every evening do a quick wipe down of the counters.
Social media and email time drains
Do you have any idea how much time you waste surfing social media sites and checking and re-checking your email everyday? If you literally detailed every minute of the day you would be surprised how much time you waste. I know this personally, especially when my cell phone was out of commission and I had no choice when it came to checking my mail and sending Facebook or twitter messages. I felt like I had just earned a lot of free time for those couple of days. Be very conscious of how much time you spend on the computer. Set limits and make a commitment to check your email certain times during the day and that is it. Just being aware of how you spend your time will wake you up to how much more time you really can find.
How do you manage your time in the summer?