Parents are busy. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, a part-time working parent, a full-time working parent, or a step-parent – if you are a parent you are a busy person. Parents have hectic lives that usually revolve around the lives of their children. It is important to save time but it also important to reduce stress for yourself. Take a look at some of the following time-saving tips:
1. Prep Lunch for the Week
Lunches are a real struggle for many people. Instead of leaving it to fate or what you feel like eating in the morning or the afternoon and taking loads of time to decide – prep lunch ahead of time. Take some time to think about what you would like for lunch for the week and prepare those meals ahead of time in order to save time throughout the week.
2. Separate Clothing for Each Day
This is especially helpful if you and your children have a hard time waking up early enough to get to school or the store or the bus, etc. on time. Separate your clothing – choose the outfits you are going to wear for each day of the week on Sunday. You can place them in order in a drawer or place them in hanging storage. Now, you can get your kids dressed quickly and easily every morning instead of spending 5 minutes looking for a matching pair of socks. This saves you time and energy when you are trying to make the bus in the morning.
3. Workout at Home
It is hard to stay motivated to workout from home, but try to think of all the time you are saving! Going to the gym to workout involves a lot of steps, some of those include: driving to the gym, finding a locker, filling your water bottle, working out, finding your locker again, driving back home, and showering. By working out at home you can reduce the number of steps and get it done much more quickly – saving you both time and energy in the long run.
4. Make a Meal Plan
Instead of planning your meals day-by-day or even week-by-week try making a monthly meal plan. This will take some time but in the long-run it will save you tons of time, like the time you would take making meal plans each week, running for last-minute items, or even going to the store for bulk items. Buy bulk items at the beginning of the month then make a grocery list of the items you will need week by week for your smaller grocery shopping trips. Preparing dishes ahead of time and planning your meals beforehand will help you to eat more healthy foods and will help prevent you from ordering in and snacking.
5. Put Toys in ONE Spot for Each Child
When you have children, putting toys away becomes a daily and even hourly habit or routine. Instead of having multiple places where the toys can go, designate one spot where the toys belong for each of your children. If one child wants his toys to belong in his room – that is where they need to be put away each time he cleans. Having multiple places where the toys belong can get messy fast and it makes clean-up confusing and time-consuming. Make it fast and easy by picking one spot for each child and sticking to it.
Following the above tips will definitely help you to save time and energy… both of which are hot commodities for busy parents. The more time you save the less stress you will feel and the more productive you will become.