The Busy Mom's Guide to Getting It All Done
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It’s a week of vacation for me, something I haven’t done in a long time. I don’t have anything exciting planned. As a matter of fact, I’m deep cleaning my house. I know, that’s a way to spend a vacation, right? Well, the kids are back in school so vacation is out but that’s no reason I can’t get some things done before the cooler weather gets here. It’s amazing what you can find when you start pulling out furniture. I’m about $1.52 richer from all the change I’ve found.
I’m tackling one room per day and sweating it out, let me tell you. Great form of exercise.
Before my vacation started, I actually planned what I was going to do. And that’s really how Iive: by a schedule. I schedule EVERYTHING! If it’s not on the schedule, it ain’t getting done.
What’s the big deal about a schedule?
Listen, I’ve got enough stress in my life. A schedule helps me stay on track and makes my life run a whole lot smoother.
I’ve got a few rules when it comes to scheduling. Hey, it works for me and I hope it works for you. Let’s jump in and get that life under control, ok?
Use a scheduler like Google Calendar.
I have a Gmail account that I’m using all the time so it made sense to use Google Calendar. I have the app on my phone so I can get alerts when appointments are coming up. Huge timesaver. Or you can use a good old-fashioned paper planner. The deal is this: work with what works for you. You want to stick with this long-term and you sure don’t want planning to be a frustrating experience. That kinda defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Figure out the things you HAVE to do and schedule those things first.
There are just some things we can’t escape: we’ve got to go to work or drop the kids off at school or sleep. Yep, sleep. I schedule that. Put those must-haves on your schedule before you schedule the fun stuff. We’ll get to that in a bit.
Okay, you’ve planned all of the things you have to do. Now it’s time to schedule some “me” time. I’m currently on a weight loss journey so I make sure to schedule a time to workout. I also journal - I write down what I eat at each meal and what’s going through my mind when I do eat. That’s helped me identify why I eat: was I bored when I decided to eat that bowl of Edy’s ice cream? Journaling is an important part of my self-care so I make sure to put that on my schedule.
I’m not one to go out a lot but my guilty pleasure is a British soap opera called Eastenders. I’m so hooked I have a subscription to a service called Britbox. The episodes are uploaded to Britbox shortly after they air in the UK. If you’re a fan of British television, definitely check out Britbox. And if you’re an Eastenders fan like I am, holla at a sista :) But not on Saturday afternoons - that’s the time I’ve blocked out on my schedule to watch the week’s episodes.
Prep your meals for the week.
This is a biggie for me and that’s why I spend Saturday afternoons doing it. Three boys eat - a lot. And if you don’t have a plan, to stop the incessant, “What’s for dinner?”, you might cave in, grab your device and put in a pizza order. But that gets expensive. Can you tell I’ve done this? So, I started meal planning, not only to maintain my budget but to save time. I block several hours on Saturdays to make lunches and dinners for the week. I use my crockpot for one of the meals and crank up the stove for the other meals, put on one my favorite podcasts on my iPad and BOOM! I start rolling.
I’ll write a post later about the whole meal prep thing because I’m pretty passionate about that. But if you want to get a head start, pick up some containers like these. I make all of our lunches and store them for the week. I’m telling you, saves on time and money. And who doesn’t like that?
A few other tips to keep your life from going off the rails:
I cannot stand shopping but I do it when I have to because I have to. But if I can get around it, I order online. You know you order a lot when you greet the UPS delivery person by their first name and they know if you’re not home, where to deliver your packages. But seriously, placing orders online saves me lots of time so I can do other things. For the stuff I know the kids eat a lot of, like Pop Tarts, or there’s a birthday coming up, I’ll place an order with Sams Club or Amazon. Saves me the hassle of dealing with crowds. Plus, I use Ebates when I shop online and get money back from my purchases. Every few months, they’ll deposit those savings into my account. Seriously! It’s totally free to use so why not give it a try? Here’s my affiliate link so you can start saving money - just lookin’ out for you!
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I’m not the only person who lives in my house. There are three pretty awesome human beings here also - ages 15, 14 and 11. And guess what? God blessed them with two hands and two feet just like me. So that means they can clean up, too. Everyone in the house is assigned a zone and that’s the area they are responsible for keeping clean. For example, my zone is the living room and kitchen. One son has the living room, another the bathroom and the other has the basement. Everyone is responsible for their own room. No more, “I didn’t know I had to clean that up.” Zone cleaning - it works.
Tools I use to keep it together
Journal - I track my eating daily
Happy Scale - Friday is my weigh-in day. I love seeing the progress.
BodyFit by Amy - videos for all levels
Audible - I love to read but sometimes I just want to listen to a book. Feels like a treat, having a book read to me :)
Britbox - For all you Anglophiles out there. I know I’m not the only one :)
Leslie Sansone Walk at Home Videos - Leslie’s peppy personality will have you walking off the pounds.
UberEats - our bimonthly treat - place an order and watch a movie
Canvas - this is used by my son’s school to post grades and assignments. Keeps me from asking, “Do you have homework?” all the time. I have the app on my phone and get alerts.
Ebates - get cash back for shopping online
And if you need some prayer, make sure to download these quick prayers that any busy mom can find time to say. Love ya!
Let me know if this post helps and definitely share some of your favorite ways to get-'er-done!