How can you manage your to-do list without losing your mind? These Time-Saving Tips to Tackle Your To-Dos today will help you get it all done.
What’s the one thing we all wish we had more of? I honestly think, aside from money, most everyone would say time. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Between work, school, and home life, mom’s have got to be the busiest of all.
Now, of course, I realize that some things in your life are inflexible, unmovable, unchangeable.
If you work outside the home, you have to go to work if you want to get paid and keep your job, duh.
Alternatively, there are things in your life that can be changed, schedules that can be altered to fit into the life you want to have.
So what are those flexible tasks and how can you make them fit into your best life instead of them dictating you?
The answer is simpler than you may realize. I struggled with this for years, feeling hopeless and helpless to control my life. Feeling bitter and sorry for myself. Guess what? Those days are over! Time to take down that to-do list and show it who’s boss!
Are you with me? Let’s get it done!
|Daily Household Chores||Work Schedule|
|Home School Schedule||Public School Schedule|
|Grocery Shopping||Kids Activities/Sports|
|Meal Prep||Other Scheduled Events|
I’m not going to focus on the inflexible tasks, but rather in how you can fit your flexible tasks around them.
You’ll notice that appointments and other scheduled events are listed under inflexible. Even though you can kind of decide when you want an appointment, you really are at the mercy of what appointment time and the day is available.
As far as scheduled events, these would be things like your cousin’s wedding or maybe the Saturday Farmer’s Market, schedules you don’t control.
So let’s focus on those schedules and tasks that you can control, shall we?
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times and probably tried it a hundred, but meal planning is key to taking back your time and saving you money.
Meal planning doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Doing it can change your life though, seriously. You don’t have to have a fancy planner, an entire binder of recipes, or even a lot of time.
All you really need is a plan.
If you’re just starting out with meal planning or you tend to run through the drive-thru a few nights a week, follow this plan:
Easy Meal Plan
- Pick four easy 20-min. or less meals and four sides – choose foods you might get from the drive-thru like frozen Asian meals or chicken nuggets and fries.
- Choose one meal that you can easily double so you can have it as leftovers one night. Some ideas are spaghetti with meatballs or chili. You can plan chili and cornbread one night, then use the leftover chili to have chili-mac on another.
- Pick one night to eat out
See? Meal planning can be whatever you need it to be and still save you time, money, and stress.
Wanna learn more about meal planning? Read this: How Meal Planning Can Help You Predict the Future
Need some recipe ideas? Check out these from Damn Delicious – her food is amazing and so quick and easy!
Errands and Grocery Pick-up
The best way to save time while still getting all your errands done is to bundle them together. Pick one or two days a week to be your errand days. Don’t do errands any other days if you can help it.
Plan out which errands you need to do and the best route to take to get them done efficiently.
Having a clear plan and route is key to saving time. It might even be a good idea to plan some errands on days when you have an appointment nearby. This will not only save you time but also gas in your car.
My favorite way to save money is with grocery pick-up. This is a game-changer! If you haven’t tried it, you will want to by the time we’re through.
Thanks to grocery pick-up I can do all my shopping in half the time it used to take me and it saves me so much money!
It’s so easy to do too.
I save money because I’m not walking around the store seeing all the wonderful stuff I didn’t know I needed until I saw it.
See, I’m an impulse shopper and buy things based on my feelings at the time. Hungry? I buy too many sweets and say yes to everything my kids ask for.
Tired? I just grab any old thing I see with no real plan only to find later that I forgot a bunch of stuff I needed and end up going to the store again.
With grocery pick-up, I can take my time and look through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have on hand. I can figure out exactly what I need so I don’t buy a duplicate item or forget a key ingredient.
I use Walmart grocery pick-up because they don’t charge a fee. Plus, you don’t have to tip the people who bring out your stuff, in fact, they can’t accept tips of any kind.
Ya know what else?
If they are out of stock on a requested item, they substitute it with a comparable product. Many times this means a larger bag or box for the price of the smaller ones.
A good example is a time I ordered two boxes of 10 single-serve Crystal Light drink mixes and they gave me four boxes of 5 count – pitcher size Crystal Light drink mixes.
I have cut my grocery budget in half!
My spending went from $900 a month at the grocery store to $440 just by using grocery pick-up.
I will never shop for groceries any other way. Well, maybe grocery delivery if/when that becomes available in my area.
Setting up chore routines can be a big help in saving you time while still getting them done. Let’s focus on two chores in particular dishes and laundry.
I used to have a pile of dirty dishes stacked up in the sink, next to the sink, on the stove, basically, anywhere we could find room for them until I made a change.
That change was using a habit tracker.
I know that seems too simple and I wouldn’t have believed it either, but habit trackers work.
Now, I didn’t use only a habit tracker, first I made a plan, then used the tracker to help me stick to the plan.
The plan was like this:
- Unload the dishwasher each morning
- Do a quick after-meal clear-off and clean-up. Get everyone’s help.
- Place any items used in between meals directly into the dishwasher
- Make sure the sink, counters, and stove are clear of dirty dishes by the end of the day
- Run the dishwasher before going to bed each night.
- Mark the Habit Tracker for each day you complete the tasks.
Do you know what? After just three weeks, I didn’t need the tracker anymore, I had formed the habit and have never looked back.
Tackling your laundry is a bit challenging and requires help and diligence from your whole family.
It’s a bit of a process
The first step is to make sure everyone has a hamper in their bedrooms and bathrooms.
Then, tell everyone they are responsible for placing their dirty clothes inside the hampers.
No clothes on the floor, bed, couch, stairs anymore! Just this step will help you when it comes to laundry day, no more searching around their rooms for clothes.
Next, make a schedule for laundry days. It can be that you do one load every day or all the loads one day a week.
Either way, making a schedule and tracking it will remind you to get it done.
You could even teach your kids how to wash their own clothes. Not only teaching them an important life skill but saving you time as well, win-win.
Getting the right amount of sleep your body needs plays a big role in how you feel and react to life’s ups and downs.
Going to bed and waking up at about the same time each day will allow you to be your best self. Our bodies perform best on a schedule. Just taking this one step will give you more energy throughout the day because you will feel rested.
Having a well-rested mind and body will help you focus better on your tasks so you can get them done. Plus, you’ll be less likely to zone out and waste time.
Another benefit of a sleep schedule for me is waking up before everyone else.
I use the early morning quiet to have a cup of something warm while I look over and plan out my day. This time helps me to focus and get in the right frame of mind for whatever my day brings.
Just a quick mention of home school schedule flexibility. Any of you who home school knows already that it is extremely flexible. You can fit learning into anything and it’s a perfect flexible task to move around and change up to fit your needs.
Ready to make a change?
Choose one of these Time-Saving Tips to try this week. Really go all in and work hard to make the change. You’ll be glad you did when you have tackled all the items on your to-do list. Who knows, you might even have time left over for a little binge-watching.
I hope this list of Time-Saving Tips to Tackle Your To-Dos today has given you the inspiration to make a change in your life.
Which of these tips are you going to try first? Leave a comment below to let me know what you tried and how it worked for you.