Disclosure: Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring this post, and helping me share my time, money & sanity saving tips!
With 3 boys, running a house and trying to keep up with my business (two blogs, a website, writing books), I don’t have a lot of spare time. And honestly, how many of us parents of young ones do? And while getting out of the house and running errands is a great time waster, it doesn’t get my work done. And neither is it relaxing. (I have this recurring fantasy where I go shopping by myself and float on a cloud of heaven.) A few years ago I realized I needed ways to spend more time with my boys, and make my business time count, rather than spend all day feeling frustrated and getting nothing done.
My Time-Saving Tips:
- Prep as much as you can before you go to bed. I made myself a promise when Walker was born, over 4 years ago, that I would make sure the dishes were washed, kitchen tidied up, garbage hauled out and laundry dumped into laundry room – before I went to bed. With the boys in bed, and the quiet in the house, the work goes fast. Most of all, I don’t lay in bed feeling guilty. And when I wake up, I am ready to go.
- Disconnect everyday. I will be very honest: I am very much over connected online. The internet going down is like losing a connection to the world for me. But I am not going to be all hokey and claim “We have a device free weekend”. Yeah right. Not. Rather I make an honest attempt every day that after I do my morning business work (emails, taking blog posts live, social media), while the boys eat breakfast and watch Sesame Street, that then I shut my computer off. And we go do things. Now I know I must make my time count. Then we go do errands, go to the park, go walking – or hang out in the yard!
- Order books & DVD’s online at the local library. Why? Well…..I love libraries and so do the boys. But oh, it is awful taking them there. I feel eyes shooting daggers at the back of my head when I come in with them. They have no concept of indoor voice and think the library is just fantastic for running up and down in. So, when I am online and see something I would love to see/read, I go online to the library and see if they have it. If they do, I request it. Then I can go in and pick up what I want quickly. Sure, I’d love to have time to wander and linger, but that won’t happen for a few years. Our library system also has a free magazine system, and I can download them onto my mobile phone. For free. At home.
- Always dual-task when you work out. Working out is a good thing. Getting time to do it isn’t easy. If I am at the gym, in the cardio room) I take my glasses off (so I can’t see the TV’s!) and catch up on books on my phone. Or I do emails. Or texting. I get my workout and other work done. This is a win-win. If I am out walking with the younger boys in the stroller, sometimes I put my phone headphones on and call people I need to talk to. Again, I get a workout in without guilt.
- But most of all, my biggest time-saving tip is one that changed my life: shopping online. When we moved, I made sure to say hi to the UPS and FedEx guys early on. Turns out we have the same OnTrac guy Kirk knows I come back from the store frazzled and annoyed beyond belief nearly every time I take the boys shopping. There is something so simple about having a shopping list and knowing prices, so I can shop from home. When it is quiet. A lot less impulse buys to say the least. And wait for my items to show up. Even a simple trip 1 mile away to the store eats up an hour. If I buy what I need, that takes a few minutes. Time we could be out in the yard, harvesting strawberries. Or going hiking. Or just relaxing. Without me foaming at the mouth that I am going to call Dad, and they can talk to him, when one is howling and whining.
Buying diapers was frustrating for me – and a big time sucker. Watching the weekly flyers, trying to see who had what on sale, and hoping I could find coupons to stack on. Then going shopping with one kid in the shopping cart seat, and one in the main basket. (because he won’t quit grabbing items and pleading his case. Over and over.) And wondering where I was going to stash the big boxes of diapers, while I still tried to fit in the rest of the groceries. Buying diapers online was a genius move for us. And the prices are often considerably lower than in person. Especially if I had to go to “the big town” 15 miles away, each way, to get deals. Gas is expensive! And so is my time.
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With all my children, Huggies Diapers have been my main choice. They are designed well, have great leak protection and well, anytime I am doing less laundry means I have more time to be with my family. If your wee ones are active, give ordering online & Huggies a try!