I don't think of myself as a greedy person, but there IS something I always want more of and I just cannot seem to get enough of. There are plenty of options that would fill in the blank here (sleep and money, just to name a few) but those aren't it, at least not at this exact moment. It's time. I need more time. More time to sleep. More time to actually eat something instead of scarfing it down while standing at the kitchen counter, since I don't have enough time to sit down and eat. More time to spend with my husband, my kids and to and myself. All you moms out there...you know what I'm talking about.
So here are some time-saving tips that I've compiled. I hope they help. They help me, when I have the time to remember them!
1. Wake up and get yourself ready before your kids are up.
That's right. Me, the Queen of Sleep, is telling you to wake up earlier than anyone else in your house. Why? Because if you start your day off by jumping out of bed, rushing to get things done, chances are that you will be rushing everything throughout your entire day. Give yourself time to breathe and think in the morning, even if it's only for 10 minutes or so.
2. Plan what you and you kids are going to wear the night before.
It's easier to grab an outfit and go rather than standing in the closet for 5-10 minutes while brushing your teeth and figuring out what you're going to wear (not to mention that you're already sleep-deprived since your youngest is STILL crawling into bed with you in the middle of the night.) Oh, and did I forget to mention that you still need to choose an outfit for your kids? Depending on their mood that morning, that task can take anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 hours.
3. Pad your timing
If your oldest is notorious for taking 15 minutes to brush his teeth, factor that in your timeline. Sure, you can try to hurry him up, but if you're not able to, you still have that padding.
4. Pack lunches and snacks the night before
Bag up pretzels, cut up fruit and make that PB&J the night before and store it in the fridge. You can even divide up snacks for the entire week by placing them in 5 different plastic sandwich bags (remember to keep the bags so you can use them for the following week, if there are still one piece!)
5. Prepare your kids' backpacks the night before.
Check to make sure homework is finished, art projects are dry and that there's still room for his lunch!
I hope these help. I know there are a ton of tips out there that work for other moms-on-the-go. If you have the time, please share them!