Time Management

Alarm Clock

Category: Time Management

Set your alarm clock 1 hour earlier then you actually have to get up. Knowing that you still have an hour more to sleep makes it not so hard to get up at your actual time. Works for me.

Prepare for the Next Day

Category: Time Management

Each night I prepare for the next day. I get my work clothes ready, pack my bag for the gym, and get my lunch made. When my alarm goes off in the morning I know my work out clothes are already laid out and it motivates me to get up to workout. Only takes me about 10 minutes each evening to make my morning go smoothly.

Pre-Cook Hamburger

Category: Time Management

Pre-cook several pounds of meat at once. Package them in the amounts you need for meals. While doing this I chop onions, veggies, & make pasta sauce. Then freeze in meal size (& a few single size) servings. Makes easier meal preparation for busy work days. It is just as easy to brown 5 lbs of ground beef, turkey or stew meat as it is to make 1.

Get Ready Before Bed

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Before we go to bed, I ALWAYS get everything ready for the morning-clothes, coffee, find my glasses, etc. Frantic is not a good way to start the day!

Shop Once a Month

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I only do major grocery shopping once a month. I buy in bulk and split my purchases into the serving portions we'll use. I put what we'll use for the week into the freezer and the rest of it goes into the deep freezer in the basement. I have a running list of everything that is stocked downstairs so I always know what I have. Once a week my hubby brings up the items for the next week. I do have to stop at the store for produce and dairy a few times but doing it this way saves me hours of driving, shopping and menu planning. I always know what's for dinner!

No Laundry Days

Category: Time Management

Since I have teenagers that like to hoard their clothes in piles in their rooms, I have come up with a solution that makes everything run smoother. Each day's clothing goes in a basket in the hallway so I do 2 loads a day and it makes things SO MUCH easier! No pile ups anymore. No laundry DAYS anymore.

Dinner Is Finished

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Crock pot meals can be prepared and refrigerated. On an evening I am home to cook I will make dinner and prep a meal in the crock pot for the following evening. In the morning drop it in and turn it on! Dinner is finished when we get home from school, baseball practice, cub scouts, etc.

Get Up 1/2 Hour Early

Category: Time Management

Getting up a half hour early can change my whole day. I have time to eat breakfast and read a daily devotion. I don't feel hurried getting ready for work and I feel better driving into work. My stomach doesn't hurt because I skipped breakfast and my heart and mind is prepared for the day.

Use the Crock Pot

Category: Time Management

Take your crock pot out of the cabinet and USE IT! Make a weekly menu and be sure put at least 3-4 days of crock pot meals on it. There are so many recipes and you can place all the ingredients in the crock before you go to bed, put it in the fridge overnight and then before you leave for work, put it on and when you get home, your meal is ready! If you use crock pot liners, you saved yourself more time, by not having to wash it :)