Going crazy yet?
It’s that time of year when living a balanced life becomes an even bigger challenge. You have work, housework, family responsibilities, and you want to get out and enjoy the summer.
The key is to plan your day. Allow a certain amount of time everyday for each thing that needs tending to. Use spare minutes wisely.
Here are some tips to help you manage your time so you have more time to play!
Get up a few minutes earlier if you have to so you have time to plan your day. Write down everything you want to, or need to accomplish. Plan dinner and make sure to take the meat out of the freezer!
Don’t plan elaborate dinners. Simple dinners made with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are perfect for summer, keep your energy levels up, and keep dishwashing down! If you are short on ideas, take a look inside Rebel With a Fork. It’s full of great fast healthy dinner ideas.
Write down all the errands you need to do today. Can you get one done on the way to work? On your lunch hour? Can you order online? On the next rainy day – how about getting the school supplies out of the way? I always ordered from Office Max. You will be so happy you got this out of the way! Major stress relief 😉
While dinner is cooking, check your email, or do an online order, or pay bills online. You can accomplish a lot in little ten minutes chunks of time.
Allow up to half an hour a day for housecleaning. If you do this faithfully, your house can be really clean. No more spending your Saturday cleaning house! You’ve got better things to do. If you need to find out how to clean your home quickly and easily, check out Secret Confessions of a Clean Freak.
Buy clothes that are wash and wear. You don’t want to have to spend time running to the cleaners or ironing, do you? Make sure you get the clothes out of the dry and hung up and/or put away right way so you don’t have to worry about wrinkles.
Get a wash and wear haircut. Or at least one that takes less than 10 minutes to style in the morning and that will hold up all day. Use products that will cut down frizz and hold your hair in place. I have naturally curly (unruly, rebellious) hair. I’ve been lazy lately and just let it go natural. I use L.A. Looks frizz control gel, shape it, and go. If I actually take hte time to style it, I use Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray after to keep my hair looking good all day.
Girls, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner to keep from running.
Make it a point to get outside every day. I take a walk on nice evenings if I haven’t gotten home too late. We get out, enjoy the weather, get some exercise, and talk – away from the distractions of TV, radio, telephone, or computers. Sometimes we’ll swim or go to a friends house for a barbeque.
You really want a drastic way to increase your time? Not many of you will do this one- Disconnect your cable TV. You’d be amazed at how much time the television takes away from your life. While not many of you would be brave enough to not have TV in the house at all, at least turn it off once in a while and go do something! Don’t watch life on TV – go live it!
If you’re working at home – don’t forget you have a life too. Find ways to be more efficient. Don’t read junk emails. Don’t wander around the net checking out this and that. While you’re working, be working. When it’s time to spend time with your family and tend to your life – get away from the computer and do it.
Plan time off. Time that you will not work. Time that’s just for fun. Yes, work is important. Yes, your goals are important. But time off is also important. When you take time to play- you’ll actually come back refreshed, full of new ideas, and more productive.
Use these tips to manage your time, and have a great summer!