For anyone with a family – I’m sure you already know this! Here are some quick tips for making your life easier so you spend more time doing what you love and less time getting ready for it!
Prepare the night before – mornings can be especially hectic but a little prep the night before can save loads of time. Lay out the clothes you and your kids will be wearing, place purses and backpacks by the door, make lunches, and even put your coffee maker on a timer so you can be ready to go first thing.
Plan meals ahead – there’s nothing worse than being hungry and staring at your fridge or pantry at 630 pm with no idea what to do. If you plan ahead, the heavy lifting is already taken care of and all that’s needed is to put on some music and get to work cooking the ingredients you already have on hand.
Talk to your boss about flexible work hours – do you need a longer lunch break or to come in earlier or later than most employees? Speak up! You may be surprised at what they can do to accommodate your unique situation and this will allow you to stay focused at work and get your home life needs taken care of as well.
Leave work at work – as a follow up to #3, make sure you really leave work at work when you are home. You’ll find that you are much more efficient and energized if you use your home time to focus on family and leisure instead of stressing about work that you can’t get to until tomorrow anyway.
Here’s to more time and freedom this fall. All it takes is a little extra thought and effort. Remember, work smarter, not harder.