All mums are multitaskers. We can have a conversation about the finer details of Fornite season 9 while preparing dinner, pegging the washing out and running baths. We can clean the house while kissing poorly knees and packing school bags, and we can send husbands off to work happily while dealing with world war three in the kid’s room. Sometimes, we feel as though we’re failing when we can’t manage it all, but that’s only because we’re so frequently great at doing it all.
But, some of us taking our multitasking a bit further. We head back to work while our children are young, or we tackle Exeter Online Education Degrees while looking after our kids and keeping our homes tidy. Whatever it is you do, you’ve probably got a to-do list as long as your arm, and you might find yourself longing for more hours in the day to get it all done. But, there’s no need for extra time after all. You just need to learn from the experience of your fellow multitasking mums and all of their favourite time-saving hacks. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Organise Your Hallway
How long do you spend standing near your front door every morning shouting at the kids to get their coats and shoes, while you search for book bags and PE kits, only to realise that you haven’t got a clue where your own bag and keys are? Leaving the house feeling stressed out after your mad five-minute run around can mean that the rest of your day is tense and more goes wrong. So, get it organised. Install shelving, and drawers, giving each family member their own space for coats, shoes, school bags, and anything else that might be needed in the morning. Keep these tidy, and you give yourself a massive head start.
Prep the Night Before
Few of us are at our best first thing in the morning, especially those of us with younger children that might have been woken early. But, this is when we’ve usually go the most to do. So, start preparing in the evenings when you are more alert and less rushed. Prepare lunches, put bags by the door, get out everyone’s clothes, and check the weather.
Minimise Your Beauty Routine
None of us wants to be the mum in the playground in her PJs, and if you’ve got to head to work straight after, that wouldn’t really be appropriate anyway. But, you might not have time for your old morning routine of cleansing, exfoliating, layers of makeup, and hair. So, get your routine down. Find makeup products that do more than one job like a tinted moisturiser or a two in one lip and cheek tint.
Meal planning can be a godsend for busy mums and dads. Planning your meals for the week ahead reduces the time spent thinking about what to eat and saves you money. You’ll never have afternoons when you have to rifle through the cupboards to try to find something to eat. You’ll always know what you are having, and you’ll always have what you need to make it. This makes it easier to prep earlier in the day, and saving leftovers gives you an easy meal another time.
Get the Kids to Help
You’ve got little helpers at hand. You just need to utilise them. Get them involved in things like cooking and cleaning. Make everything an adventure and try to make helping you fun and exciting. Give older children specific tasks that they are responsible for, like getting breakfast bowls and cups ready, or loading the dishwasher after dinner, increase their responsibilities as they get older.
Avoid Social Media
Social media is brilliant. It’s a great way to share photos of the kids with your friends and family, and a wonderful way to keep in touch with people that you no longer have the time to see. But, it can be a bit of a black hole. Leave your mobile phone in another room overnight, so that you have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off. Then, don’t let yourself look at social media until you’ve done everything that you need to and you’ve got some free time.
Stress is the enemy of productivity. When you are stressed out, things go wrong. Then you get more stressed out, and more goes wrong. Suddenly, everything is taking more time than it should. Relax, if something goes wrong, brush it off and move on. Give yourself a break, get some rest, and don’t feel pressured to do everything.
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