You only get 168 hours each week!
If you’d like to ramp up the hours you dedicate to work, you are going to have to reduce the time you spend on other tasks. What do you need to do to keep your household running and how can you change things to make yourself more efficient? If grocery shopping eats up a whole morning once a week, you might want to consider using an online supermarket delivery service. Pre plan your meals and cook in bulk – make two or three dinners at a time and freeze the extras, ready for the nights when you are out (or the days when you are exhausted!)
Just because summer is over, the celebrations don’t stop. It’s very convenient to have birthday and holiday cards on hand, so you don’t need to waste 30 mins trying to find a card and wrap for each occasion.
Also consider your partner’s needs and contribution. If it is important to him to have all his shirts ironed and ready for Monday morning, perhaps HE should do it on Sunday night instead of lying on the couch? Or maybe it is time to outsource to an ironing service?
Train your kids to empty their school bags when they come home – notes from the teacher, party invitations, etc in one place, dirty lunch boxes next to the sink. Have them lay out their clothes and prepare their soccer kit/choir books for the next day each night, so the mornings become less fraught.
About the Author: Kirstin Crothers is a mum and stationery retailer. She’s worked as everything from Ski Instructor to Conference Manager and is currently concentrating her efforts on building her Phoenix Trading business in Australia, UK and USA. Check out www.cardsandgiftwrap.com.au for more timesaving gift and party ideas.