Balancing your work and family life is never simple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make things a little easier for yourself. Use these handy tips to streamline your daily tasks and gain valuable free time.
Whenever possible, prepare the night before
Mornings with children are a chaotic time, and you often end up with even less of it than you think. Save yourself from unnecessary stress by preparing whatever you can the night before. This means lunches, outfits, work materials, school bags, and your own bags.
If you take some time every Sunday, or whatever day works for you to sit down and plan your meals for the week, prep what you need to and cook what you can, this will drastically improve your dinner time routine. This will spare up some time for you to spend some time with the family, or whatever else you may have planned.
Set aside a time slot for chores and errands
It can feel overwhelming to watch as your household chores and mundane tasks slowly pile up. Instead of constantly worrying about staying on top of things, carve out a dedicated time slot each week to tackle your errands head on.
Contrary to many mums’ fears, quick fixes can usually get you through the week until you have time to do everything properly. Having a designated “chore time” will also help you to stay focused on more important tasks throughout the week and maximise your productivity.
Spend less time cooking
Feeding yourself (and your family) is one of those endless, inescapable facts of adult life. Save yourself precious time by developing smarter cooking habits.
Focus on recipes which require less hands-on attention, for example, dishes which can bake, simmer, roast, or sit in a slow cooker for long periods of time. Making enough food to last several days is another easy way to reduce your workload throughout the week.
If deciding what to have dinner often ends in a screaming match, then you need a way to make this decision making process a more exciting experience for the whole family. There are a bunch of interactive apps and sites that will allow everyone to get involved.
Some of my favourites include the Kraft iFood Assistant, the Flavour Generator and Epicurious, but there are several options out there so do your research. This is a great way to get the kids involved, making dinner time a family affair!
Recognise when outsourcing makes sense
Try as you might, you just can’t do everything yourself. Though it might be well within your abilities to take care of the garden, sweep the gutters, clean the pool, and sort out that weird connectivity issue with the TV, these are all time-intensive tasks that can easily be outsourced.
Even if the cost of outsourcing a task is equal to the amount of money you’d earn in that time, this will save you precious physical and mental energy, which can lead to greater happiness in the long run.
Master an easy everyday look
We all like to look and feel good, but for those aiming to get lots done, it’s best not to spend too much time getting ready to face the day.
Try to avoid haircuts that require lots of styling to look good, and (if it’s your thing) master the art of developing a quick and easy makeup routine.
Of course, there are still occasions to spend as much time as you want getting dressed up, but your everyday routine shouldn’t be one of them.
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Alex Johnson, Inspire A Better Life
Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, brunch & adventure. After moving to Sydney when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and other along the way!