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Mom Spot: Time Saving Tip Tuesday

I have this funny feeling like I've posted this before. If you can find it, please let me know. There's no need for repetition... or maybe there is. Clever ideas that seem great on paper or in my head but never seem to make it into practice makes me think that maybe repetition isn't so bad after all. And repetition is exactly (maybe not exactly) the topic for today's time saving tip.

Schedule Your Life

I like spur-of-the-moment as much as anyone, but there is a wonderful rhythm to life when you (and your kids!) know what is happening next. This "scheduling" is something that first took root with me in college when I was trying to juggle classes, work, a boyfriend, extra curricular activities, etc. etc. Then I had kids. The stakes were even higher. Miss a bed time? Prepare for a toddler-sized meltdown. Have to go to the grocery store? Better make sure daddy is home to watch the kids. Need to clean the bathroom? Little hands need to be well out of reach.

Add to the kid factor the commitments of their school schedules, husband's obligations, and whatever other "to do's" you have on your list and WOW... suddenly I can forget about going for a jog, taking a shower, doing the laundry and a number of other household essentials. So again I will say, schedule your life!

Here's what you do. Make a list of all the "musts" you have in your life. Groceries. Laundry. Cleaning. Kid's activities. Then list the things you'd like to do. Date night. Workout time. Family outings. It seems so simple, right? And in some ways I feel even silly for writing it. But we don't all do it. And we don't know how to schedule. And the next thing we know, life is caving in on us (or so it seems).

Make Monday your laundry day. GET IT DONE. Put it away and then you don't have it looming over your head all week.
Make Tuesday your grocery day. Create a grocery list. Clip coupons. Get to the store at a time when you don't have to take kids along. This will add YEARS to your life!!

I hope you get the idea. Some of us do this really well already. If that's you, throw us a bone. For some of us, we do this but it's still really, really hard. Keep it up. For others, it's something foreign and totally new. You can do it.

And if you love life without a schedule, God bless you. It is a gift and I wish for you that you never lose the joy of flying by the seat of your pants day-in and day-out. 

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