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Working Mother | Time-saving Tips for Working Mothers, Working Moms

Working Mother | Time-saving Tips for Working Mothers, Working Moms


Working MotherI recently decided that because I try to exist without sleep, but for some reason my body insists on getting it, I needed some good time-saving ideas. So I contacted a bunch of bloggers and experts who specialize in the subject and was flooded with a tsunami of tips. Fortunately, I am already working on some of these things. I suspect that the only real solution to my lack of time would be to give the kids away, maybe Brad and Angelina would not notice it if I had put them off. But maybe I'm trying a few new tips: (Working Moms)

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Working Mother | From Karyn Beach, a life coach and author of a program she releases next month called "Get It Together Girl: a 28-day guide for practical, not perfect, organization":

• Do not underestimate small time blocks. You would be surprised how much you can do in fifteen, ten or even five minutes. I like to use the kitchen timer and make it a game: "The next five minutes I will pick up toys, set up the kitchen, store clothes." I guarantee that it will be a big eye-opener. (Note from me: I challenged myself to see how many toys I could clean up in a minute and almost sputtered myself with a kazoo, so please do not be crazy here.)

• Use it five to ten minutes after the children have gone to bed to put clothes (up to the underwear) for the next morning.

• Keep a bag in the back seat with clothing or other items that must be returned. Stick the receipts to each item and if you drive in that area, you can return it instead of planning and make a special trip or simply do not return it.

These are from Lori Radun over to Momnificient, life coach and author of "The Momnificent Life-Healthy and Balanced Living For Busy Moms":


• Do not be afraid to ask for help. Delegate tasks that you do not like or that you are not good at. [Comment from me: would someone like to do my laundry? I am not very good at it. Now that I think about it, I'm not so good at cleaning the floors. Or do housework. Would anyone mind if I delegated all my housework to you?]

• Focus on what is most important to you. Lower your expectations for tasks / activities that are not top priorities. (If nobody is willing to let me do my housework to them, then I will just have to lower my expectations and not clean my house the rest of the year and not care if my children have a place to stay.)

• Identify your non-negotiables to protect your time. For example, Friday night is family home evening. Set strong limits around those non-negotiables.

From Maureen Nuccitelli, a professional organizer in Boston who manages Harmonious Life Designs:

• Keep scissors in every large room in the house (and even in the car), out of the reach of your children. Clip that article (then recycle the magazine), cut those labels (clothing can be set up immediately) or cut that hard-to-open package (you do not have to go down to the kitchen drawer).

• Pick up one drawer in the kitchen for lunch. Put Ziploc bags, snacks, juice boxes and lunch bags all in one place to make lunch for the children in no time.

• Are you trying to squeeze during the gym time? Make sure your sports bag is already packed and ready for use. (Note from me: I would also like to delegate the task of sport. Would any of you be there to get me tighter abdominal muscles?)

• Hang small dry wiping boards with markings in the linen cupboard and pantry. While you are getting too little toothpaste or tuna, mark it on the respective plates. When you're ready to go shopping, check the wiping boards, create your list and clean them. (Note from me: if you can also do my shopping, I love the hearty kind of peaches.) From Louise Reilly Sacco in The Frugal Yankee:

• Double everything you can when you cook. It is almost the same work to make a double batch of soup or stew. For example, a large pan of lasagne can take three minutes longer than a small one. Freeze the second batch or serve again a few days later, perhaps with different sides. (Note from me: in case you're wondering, it does not really save time to make double batches of skimmed kitchens.)

• Pay bills online via your bank. You can set it up so that some are paid automatically, perhaps the electrical and telephone bills. You can set a recurring payment so that the same amount is sent each month on your mortgage or a payout of a loan, but you do not spend time writing and sending checks. You can even save a few cents on stamps and you can save on fines and late fees because it is easy to set up payments so that invoices are paid on time.

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From Mary Davis, author of The Entrepreneurial Mom:

• Keep a "gift box" full and ready! Fill it with things like scented candles, photo frames, Christmas decorations and gift vouchers. This will be your first stop when you need a hostess gift, a thank you or a gift from a teacher. Collect these things when they are on sale. Also keep gift vouchers and "thank you" cards in this case for your personal one-stop shopping.

Van Eileen Roth, author of Organizing for Dummies (no offense) and a national speaker:

• Ask someone - a friend, a partner, a babysitter - to give you time at least once a week. Make a list of things that will "reward" you. Pay attention to things that last five minutes, thirty minutes, an hour, half a day, a full day, a full weekend. Then you always have something to fall back on. It can be as simple as a "slow" cup of your favorite drink (tea or coffee or hot chocolate, that is). One of my favorite rewards is hot apple cider. (Note from me: one of my favorite rewards is delegating my housework.)

• Try to structure things in routines. The more routines you have, the faster things go. Do the laundry every week the same day. Shop the same day. Have a "launch pad" for things to come out of the door - library books, dry cleaning, school backpacks, etc.

• Save a tickle file with things you need to respond to.

And wise advice from a comedian named Dan Nainan, who was not kidding: "Turn off your television! The average American watches twenty-eight hours of TV a week." (Note from me: if you delegate the task to turn off the TV to your husband while you are making double parties baked at the same time and organizing the living room while you cut things with the scissors you have handy and lower your expectations that your husband will actually turn off the TV, you will save so much time that you do not really know what you have to do with yourself.)

Now, go save yourself some time! And if you still have a lot of extra to spare, please send something to me, please.

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