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Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, work-from-home mom, or working mom, odds are you are wondering how to find more time in the day CONSTANTLY!
After playing all of those roles, I wanted to compile a list of my seven best tips for finding more time in the day. These tips have helped me while I was in different stages as a SAHM, WFHM, and working out of the house mom.
How to Find More Time in the Day
I have broken up my tips on how to find more time in the day into seven easy-to-follow tips and I hope these ideas help you figure out how to find more time for yourself and the things that matter most to you!
Tip #1: Let’s get REAL.
Tip #2: Time to Prepare
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Tip #3: Planning over Prepping
In the last section, I kind of touched on meal prepping regarding how to find more time in the day. It might work for some people. But in all reality, it just doesn’t work for me and actually costs MORE time and MORE money.
I think meal prepping is a total waste of time. For my family anyway.
Why? Because more often than not I’ll forget to get the crockpot going, or I’ll be tired of chicken by day three and order out anyways, and whoops. There goes the money spent on dinner! Time put in- GONE. Money spent on a full week of chicken meals? GONE.
I did my last meal prep session probably two years ago at this point. Instead, I plan.
Meal planning saves so much time and energy for me, and really allows me to go with the flow. It’s how I find a big chunk of time, actually.
For me, meal PLANNING is having a set meal for each day of the week. Something we just know. Like Monday is breakfast for dinner night. Now without any real thought, I just know to grab some pancake mix or whip up some eggs. All because it’s Monday.
This helps me focus on other things, and not take up a big lump of time deciding what to eat for dinner, or what meals to plan for the week when creating a grocery list. Everything is put on autopilot.
Meal planning also helps me have a set “standard” in my kitchen. For example, I always have the same kind of staples and if I really don’t want “taco Tuesday”, I have plenty of backup meals to whip up real quick.
You might be wondering now how meal planning is just so different from prepping. Well, planning still gives you a choice. The chicken isn’t divided into three or four meals that you then have to have. Instead, you know Thursday is Chicken crockpot night and you can throw something in the crockpot real quick while making breakfast. Or if you forget, you can throw the chicken in the oven at dinner time and that’s that.
A huge time saver in my everyday life is putting things on autopilot- just like our dinners. Having the meal plan allows me to focus my energy on something other than figuring out what to make for dinner or snag at the grocery store this week.
Here is the link to a blog post I have up all about how to create a meal plan. Why don’t you take a look, and come up with a week’s worth of ideas for yourself? Just seven nights on auto-pilot. Then let me know if that took some stress off your plate and gave you a bit more time in the day.
I am very sure that you’ll find the planning to help you out a lot more than you think it will!