I have recently realized that I needed to take a look at my time management skills (or lack of) and make some adjustments.
Do you ever have those days where you get the kids down for bedtime, walk out of their rooms, and then feel like, “Man, I got NOTHING done today?”
I do. More often than I’d like to think of. (Eek!).
Most days I feel like there just isnt enough hours in the day. I need more than 24 hours!
But do I?
Here is my list of tips on time management
1. Set up bills on auto pay
I literally have all of our bills on auto pay.
Every single one of my bills has their own system for autopay. But even if they don’t (or if you don’t feel comfortable inputting your info on their websites), most banks have online banking with Bill Pay. Just go into your online banking, set up your Payee’s, and your bank will either mail the check to the creditor directly or electronically transfer the money on the date you select.
Auto pay makes my budget so much easier as well because I know the exact day the bill will come out every single month. So I can set my budget for whatever I need it to be months in advance.
More importantly, no time wasted “paying bills.”
Tip: Sign up for Budget Billing through your utilities if they offer it. This is where your energy or gas costs are averaged over the year so you pay the same amount each month. Perfect for those of us who live on a budget, which should be everyone. 😉
Side note… Since June 2018, I’ve been using this new budgeting app called YNAB (short for You Need A Budget) and it is a game changer! I have never felt so in control of my money and so excited about the future (being debt free, that is). I totally geek out at the end of each month as I see how much “
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2. Get a Roomba
If there is one thing I would recommend to anyone and everyone when it comes to housecleaning, it would be a Roomba Robot Vacuum.
My Roomba is basically my lifeline for my household chores.
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Since I have a toddler and preschooler who are apparently related to the cartoon character Tasmanian Devil, and can destroy my house in a matter of minutes, I set my Roomba’s schedule to vacuum my living room every morning at 7 am. It cleans up all the Cheerios, and crackers, and dirt, and dust, and everything else my kids (and husband) traipse through. Knowing that my Roomba will vacuum my living room daily gives me peace of mind when I see my kids spill their crumbs and other crap throughout the day. I’m lazy and will totally leave it all on the floor, too, because I know at 7 am tomorrow morning, my Roomba will pick it all up for me. lol
3. Meal plan for the week
Before you freak out, I’m talking about meal PLANNING, not meal PREPPING. There is a difference.
Meal prepping is when you make, cook, and prepare meals ahead of time and store them either in the fridge or freezer to eat later – usually throughout the week.
As much as I’d love to do this, I just don’t have the time to.
Meal planning is when you sit down one day of the week (for me its Sunday) and write out your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans for all 7 days of the week.
A lot more manageable for a busy, lazy person like me.
First of all, it saves us a ton of money on our grocery bill. As I am writing out each meal, I am simultaneously making my grocery list for any ingredients I need for each meal.
ONLY those items. My grocery list for the week will be only the items I need for my meals for that specific week. No wasting time wandering down every aisle of the grocery store, grabbing and chucking randomness into our cart, racking up the bill, only to get home and still feel like “ugh now what do I make for dinner.”
Second, it completely eliminates the oh-crap-I-didn’t-take-anything-out-to-thaw-and-now-what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-make-for-dinner when its 20 minutes before dinner time. (which usually leads to a “screw it, let’s order a pizza” – even more money wasted).
4. Get off Social Media
This one is huge, guys.
How often do you just sit there and scroll through your Facebook feed? *Raises my hand*
Or get lost in a Youtube Rabbit hole? *Raises my other hand*
Or can we mention the awful but oh so amazing Pinterest rabbit hole?! (Omg I love Pinterest.)
*Shamefully raises all hands and feet*
I’ve got some homework for you – for the next 3 days, write down when and for how long you get on social media.
Is it while you’re sitting on the couch watching your kids have “self-play?” Or how about while you’re watching your kids play at the park?
During the kid’s nap time? Or even while sitting at the dinner table with your family?
(I’m GUILTY of all of these! Ugh!)
Add up all that time you just logged and then have a look. I did this and I literally spent on average 2 and a half hours a day effing around on social media.
And then had the nerve to constantly say statements like “I didn’t have time to X.” or “The kids had me busy all day I feel like I got nothing done!”
Get off social media! It’s seriously a waste of time.
I mean really, who cares what one of your friends are eating at the moment (why are food pictures a thing?? *eye roll*).
Who cares that someone just checked in at their local gym.
What are YOU doing at that moment? Scrolling to see what everyone else is doing?
But, but, why?
If you want to keep up with what friends are doing, pick up the phone and text them. Call them. Ask them to come over and binge watch Netflix with you.
Hanging out with a real person is so much better than staring at a screen, reading little snippets of peoples lives.
But that’s beside the point. Point is, what else could you be doing that could be more productive than playing with Snapchat filters or scrolling for an hour on Facebook?
5. Audiobooks instead of a physical book
I love reading. It’s my “out.” Getting lost in a book is one of my few ways for me to get out of my own anxious mind.
And, I’m a bit old-fashioned and love having the physical book in my hand to read.
I love the smell of the book. The tan color of the pages. (I’m weird, I know.)
But, since having my second kid, I barely have time to shower or do my hair, let alone sit and read a book. A 19-month-old and a 3-year-old, plus household duties as a stay at home mom plus blogging…
…Yeah, chillin on the couch wrapped up in a warm blanket and peacefully reading is a distant dream. Something of the past, unfortunately! At least until they’re older.
So I have been listening to audiobooks.
I downloaded and subscribed to Audible and I put one of the earbuds in my ear and listen to books all day long!
I also utilize my local library’s audiobooks via Overdrive. (Hellooooo FREE!)
I listen to my audiobooks pretty much all day long, unless I’m playing with my kids. So while I’m doing laundry, or tidying up, or cleaning the toilets, or driving, or cooking etc. I’ve got one earbud in listening to my books or podcasts.
So I’m “reading” while cleaning toilets! If that’s not killing two birds with one stone, I don’t know what is!
By the way…I just recently got into True Crime podcasts and I think they are my new obsession. Love!
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6. Online grocery shopping
You may remember a recent post of mine regarding grocery shopping and how awful it is, in my opinion. If you haven’t read it, check it out here and then come back to this section of this post. It will make much more sense.
Done reading it? Ok, moving along…
Online grocery shopping is the best invention known to mankind – or at least to stay at home moms of a toddler and a preschooler. Or to pregnant moms. Or to pregnant moms with other children in tow. Or to just anyone who loathes grocery shopping with every inch of their being. *raises both hands*
I don’t know, man. Online grocery shopping may even be up there with the invention of the lightbulb.
A close second?
First of all, grocery shopping with kids blows.
I can’t speak for shopping with older kids because I don’t have any, but I can, in fact, speak for grocery shopping with kids 3 and under.
Tantrums. “I have to go potty.” “No, I don’t want to walk…No, I don’t want to get in the cart….Mama, I want to walk.” (WTF, child. Make up your mind!) Kids running up and down the isles as you’re constantly yelling, “Come here!”
Shall I keep going? Ugh.
I have to mentally prepare myself before grocery shopping. And if it’s one of those days where I’m not mentally able to handle much (short fuse days where I’m biting peoples faces off just because they’re…Oh, I don’t know…breathing?), then grocery shopping with these kids is out of the question.
Second, along with meal planning (as I mentioned above), online shopping eliminates the grabbing of needless items off the shelves. Just add to cart exactly what you need and submit! Saves so much time because there is no wandering up and down aisles, lugging kids in and out of the car, etc.
Not to mention the financial savings!
I personally use Walmart Grocery pick up.
I know Walmart has grocery delivery as well. Numerous other grocery stores do grocery delivery or pick up. There’s even Instacart where they will send out a shopper to do your shopping for you at various retailers and then they will deliver it to your door!
Amazon does grocery delivery, too.
7. Stop Procrastinating
I think this one is the number one tip on mastering time management.
And I am the worst at it.
I am THE Queen of procrastination.
I’m always late for everything because I procrastinate on getting myself ready until the last minute. I wait until we have literally no food in our refrigerator and cabinets because I procrastinate on grocery shopping (because I hate it so much lol). Laundry sometimes gets backed up because I push it off to the next day…and then the next day.
You get the idea.
But what ends up happening is… because I wait until the last minute, now I have all things to do all at once – which means OVERWHELMED.
(And then UP goes my “Anxiety Meter.” Awesome.)
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And here’s the silliest part – because I now feel overwhelmed due to now having so much to do, I then do none of it.
Yep, you read that right. I end up doing nothing!
So I have been working on my mindfulness.
I procrastinate a lot. Like, A LOT, a lot. So I have been working on actually noticing when I am about to procrastinate.
Being aware of the thought of “meh, I’ll do the dishes later this evening” allows me immediately tell myself, “No dummy. You will do the dishes now. No procrastinating!”
I know easier said than done, but just do it – whatever your it is. Just do it! And do it now. Not later. Just do it and get it over with so you don’t have to think about it anymore.
I still struggle with time management. It’s something I am trying to be more mindful of and am working on daily. It’s a slow process but the more I work on it, the easier it has become, suprisingly. (Yay!)
Any other tips you could add? What helps you with time management? Comment below!
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