How can we get more time out of every day?

Gain time by chunking activities together.

Do laundry once a week or every other week rather than daily.  Buy enough socks and underwear for everyone and wear ALL your clothing. Empty the drawers. Everyone has 7 pairs of pants and 14 tops.  Then when you do laundry, do it load after load and put it away.

Same for dry cleaning, save it up and go every other month rather than weekly.

Cooking-make 2 or 3 meals at one time rather cooking daily.  Make a pot of chili or several casseroles and freeze the others for meals later.  Add a salad and veggies your finished.

Disconnect Turn off all the alarms on your phone and computer.  Check it few hours rather than constantly.  Interrupts keep your brain scattered and off track.

Be acutely aware of how you spend time and exchange time wasters, like news and other media, for scheduled in downtime. Turn on music and create an oasis in your home rather than looking to be “entertained by outside events.”  Spend time at home without TV or outside in nature. You don’t need to be productive all the time.  Manage your energy not your time.  Lean into your body’s rhythm.

Stop external children’s activities.  They want your time and attention, not another teacher’s or coach’s.  Give them one-on-one time with lots of eye contact and conversations. Cook or bake together, include them in household chores, do crafts, board games or use their imagination to invent games.  Leave room for spontaneity and silliness.

 

 

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