If your days are anything like mine, they go by in a flash! There’s always something happening and lots to do. That’s not always a bad thing, but do you ever have those days that have you scratching your head wondering what you actually achieved? Or, you look at you ‘to-do’ list at the end of the day and see nothing important ticked off? You know you’re busy, but are you investing your time into the things that really count? You’re not alone!
We know we can’t jam more hours into the day, but we can be smarter and more efficient with the time that we do have. That can be challenging enough, but if you’re a Mum and have the added demand and complication of kids thrown into the mix – that’s where the fun really begins!
We caught up with Belinda Norton (The Fit Mama) for her top 3 ways to get more out of your day.
There are times when you don’t have a choice but to pack a lot into your day. Want to make it as stress-free as possible? Here are some tips:
USE A TIMER.
This might sound extreme, but it’s helpful for some (even most), tasks in a given day. Instead of looking at your day like a swamp of a million things you have to wade through to reach the other side, try to tackle it bit by bit. Choose a time—say, 25 minutes—and set the timer. When the timer goes off, take a five-minute break, then reset it and start the next task. I personally find that this technique helps me focus on the job at hand and get it done efficiently instead of meandering through it. It’s especially good for pre- and post-school tasks, such as preparing lunchboxes, putting washing on, folding laundry or doing a workout.
A few more tips for maximising your timed tasks include: switch off the TV to avoid distraction, turn off your phone or set it to silent mode, and write a list of tasks in the order you want to complete them and don’t deviate from the list.
The easiest way to remove some decision-making from my day is to embrace repetition. I tend to cook the same meals most weeks, with a few exceptions when we want to try something new or need a treat. I’m familiar with the recipes and don’t need to spend time looking them up. It also helps when I come to write the shopping list; I know exactly what I need each week.
The same goes for what I wear. During the week, I tend to stick to the same half a dozen items that I know suit me well and are comfortable and easy to wash and wear. I don’t have time to spend 15 minutes every morning staring blankly at my wardrobe, and I’m sure you don’t either. This also makes wearing different clothes at the weekend more enjoyable, especially when you get to dress up a bit.
GET UP EARLIER.
Don’t overthink it – just do it. It is about gaining an extra 30 minutes to spend on yourself and your goals without the demands of others. That extra half an hour every morning, while everyone else is still asleep or stirring, is my time to get organised and get on top of a few chores before the chaos starts.
There you have it, 3 simple ways to get more out of your day – stress free!