I am always looking for ways to make my days have more time… because I just can’t get everything done in 24 hours.
Here are 5 ways that I have found to squeeze an extra hour out of the day…
1- Stay up an hour AFTER everyone else in your family. If you can do this (if your family is on a normal schedule… no one working nights and no one is sick), this is an easy solution. I stay up about 2-3 hours after everyone else goes to bed and that is when I work on my blog, pack lunches for the week, check that I have signed everything in the kid’s homework folders, etc… I like it because it is so quiet. I don’t have to stop to help anyone or to get anything for anyone except myself. I really get a lot accomplished (although I wish that I could do loud chores like vacuuming or unloading the dishwasher).
I just gained an extra hour in my day.
2- Use Store pick-up. Target now has store pickup. It is really easy to use…
This saves me so much time in my day!
An example is last week… my toaster just stopped, well, toasting. It was right in the middle of breakfast when we found out. I made bacon and eggs and skipped the toast, but I knew that I couldn’t go a day without it (we use it every day… waffles, toast, bagels). I needed a few other things, so I knew that once I went into Target, I would be at least an hour buying everything that I needed. Instead, I just ordered everything online and my shopping trip was cut down from one hour to five minutes. I just gained an extra hour in my day.
3- Just like staying up date, waking up early is another alternative. I usually stay up too late to wake up early, but if I went to bed before 1:00 am on any night of the week, I would maybe wake up before 7:00. For now, I let my kids wake me up at 7:00 (they always sleep until 7:00 with our little trick).
4- Give your children quiet time. You need it. They need it. They may not nap. They may not even BE quiet, but they need alone time, in their rooms, to rest. I would set them up with one of these activities (find an indoor one) and I would let your child have some down time. You can use this time to prepare dinner, clean the house, or just take a minute for YOU!
**Be sure that they are getting enough sleep, too! Are they waking up at night? or are they waiting up too early? Give them the hours of sleep that they need.
You’ve just gained an hour in your day.
When all else fails, just go for Curious George’s method & change the clock back an hour every night. You’ve just gained an hour! haha! (by the way- in that episode, I think the Man in the Yellow Hat almost went crazy- can you imagine?)…
A few more quick ideas to save you time in the mornings:
– Let your kids put their shoes on in the car.
– Keep hairbrushes and toothbrushes in the bathroom by the door, so your kids won’t have to run back upstairs or to the bathroom near their room.
– Keep Cliff Bars or other ‘on- the go snacks’ on hand for a quick breakfast on the go.
-Use scissors to cut their waffles or food in the morning (so much faster than a fork & knife!)
– Have their milk ready for them to reach.
-Have a smoothie ready for the morning. All that you will have to do is blend it.
-Bake these PB protein muffins the night before.
– In our house, we have the rule: ABSOLUTELY NO ELECTRONICS UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO GO. THIS MEANS YOU ARE DRESSED, HAVE EATEN BREAKFAST, TEETH ARE BRUSHED, BED IS MADE, PJ’S ARE PUT AWAY, BACKPACK IS READY TO GO AND YOUR SHOES ARE ON. Once everything is done, you can sit down to watch TV before we leave for school.
What is your favorite way to save a little extra time in the morning? I’d love to hear!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target. The opinions and text are all mine.