drive kids to school,
recharge with a cup of Starbucks,
pick up kids from school,
grab an afternoon snack at the drive-thru,
drop off Johnny at soccer practice,
drop off Susie at dance class,
grab a pizza for dinner,
pick up Johnny from soccer,
pick up Susie from dance,
rush through dinner,
help with homework,
get everyone to bed.
Your husband asks, “what did you do today?”
Welcome to life in the mom taxi lane, and welcome to time management for moms.
This school year go from frazzled to fully in control with these time saving tips! You’ll be able to get your kids to all their activities, cook a delicious dinner, have a clean house and even enjoy a little time to yourself! It really is possible to simplify your life.
- Schedule Your Day – The best way to get everything done is to have a schedule. Pencil in time for cooking, cleaning, errands, etc. Learn more about Time Management for Moms
- Make a Family Notebook – Add an extra 3-ring binder to your school supply list and put together a family notebook. Your notebook should include school calendars, team rosters and schedules, Scout rosters and calendars, etc. It’s a wonderful resource that the entire family will use, and it’s one less piece of paper you’ll have to hunt for!
- Establish a Cleaning Schedule – It’s nearly impossible to dedicate an entire day to house cleaning, so don’t! Learn how to put together a house cleaning schedule and clean your house in 15 minutes a day!
- Take Advantage of Hidden Pockets of Time – Life in the mom taxi requires a lot of waiting…waiting in the carpool line, waiting for practice to end, waiting in the doctor’s office, waiting, waiting, waiting! Don’t waste these hidden pockets of time…always bring along some busy work like bills to pay, school forms to fill out, thank you notes to write or Christmas cards to address. You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish while waiting!
- Unclutter Your Life – Stop wasting time sifting through piles of junk mail or an inbox full of junk! Right now, go to DMAchoice.org (it’s free), and remove your name from credit card mailings, catalogs and other junk. Don’t worry, if there’s a catalog or two you really like, there’s an option to choose which catalogs to eliminate. Now it’s time to take control of your inbox and get rid of unwanted emails…sign up for Unsubscriber (it’s free for AOL, Gmail and Yahoo users and takes less than 1 minute), and then you’ll simply drag unwanted emails to the unsubscribe folder and Unsubscriber takes care of the rest. Simple and satisfying!
- Start a Gift Closet – If you have toddlers or elementary school age children, your weekend social calendar likely revolves around birthday parties. Eliminate last minute running around for birthday gifts by starting a gift closet. You’ll stock your gift closet or gift shelf with bargain gifts. Take advantage of sales on board games or pick up a great toy for about half the cost at discount stores like T.J. Maxx.
- Eat Out Less – If the fast food lane is your idea of dinner, it’s time to get back to a home-cooked family meal. Cooking a family dinner doesn’t mean you have to dedicate hours to slaving over a hot stove, instead you just need to know some quick and easy recipes! Take time today to put together a notebook of quick and easy recipes, and you’ll have a great resource for your family dinners as well as some extra cash in your wallet. Why don’t you start with The Budget Diet’s Frugalicious and Fast Recipes?
- Make Time for Frugal Family Fun – Don’t over-schedule your kids this school year and enjoy less stress and more family fun. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Saturday with nothing to do, and you could all go to the park? You’ll love having free time to enjoy these frugal family fun ideas.
Ahhh…don’t you feel less frazzled just by reading this? You’ll even have a little time to yourself when you put time management for moms into action.
What are your favorite ways to be less frazzled and more in control?
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