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You want to start routines, but you don’t have the four hours you think it’s going to take you to figure out what to do and how to start. Let’s talk about time for a second. You might not have a four-hour time block and I get you, Mama. Not many people have a random 4-hour time block available. When you feel like you don’t have time and you are behind, you have to make time to do something new.
You have to stop and say I want to make routines a priority because I know it will help me save a ton of time in the future. So, for that reason, I need to stop and make time to create the routines to save me more time in the figure. There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can remove things from your schedule to create time or you can work with the time you have 15 minutes at a time to get it done.
For example, you have at least 15 minutes a day you can spare. If you have 15 minutes a day for 5 days a week, that’s 5 hours a month. That is a good chunk of time to start something new. You can do a lot in 15 minutes. You can work on starting and implementing your routines in just 15 minutes a day. Everyone has at least 15 minutes a day.
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Here are some tips to help you find the time to start routines:
Make your time count by multitasking.
I normally discourage multitasking, but when you are doing certain tasks, it’s okay to multitask. You can multitask and find time to create your routines.
Times to multitask:
- Dr. appointments- waiting rooms and waiting on doctors
- Therapy appointments- waiting rooms
- Carpool line
- While your kids are playing
- While cooking dinner (if you are cooking something you don’t have to stand over like a casserole in the oven)
Normally you would be scrolling your phone while you were doing these things, now you can just use that time to work on routines.
Avoid time wasters
Don’t waste your spare time scrolling through your phone and social media. The average cell phone user in the United States spends 5.4 hours a day on their phone. Still don’t think you have time?
Find more time in your morning
The 30 minutes to a More Successful Morning Checklist has helped me have calmer mornings. By completing this checklist, the night before, you can save so much time and hassle in the mornings. The checklist is free to sign up HERE.
Schedule your doctor’s appointments and therapy visits on the same day.
That way you aren’t running around twice a week for appointments, you are just doing it once a week.
Pause something on your schedule temporarily
Sit down and think about your schedule. What could you pause for a while to make time to start routines? Could you pause watching 2 hours of TV every night? Could you pause reading a book for a few days? What could you do to free up some time for you to work on routines?
Cook something quick for dinner one night
You can do some quick dinners a night or so a week to give you more time to do routines. You can cook a frozen pizza, make sub sandwiches, something in the crockpot/instant pot, etc. There are a ton of ways to make a quick dinner to free up your time in the kitchen. You can even take it a step farther and use paper plates to cut down on the dirty dishes you have to clean up.
Batch things in your schedule
Batching is like optimizing your schedule. You take things you are doing over and over again and do them all at one time.
Ways to batch your schedule:
- layout your kids’ clothes for the whole week
- make a week’s worth of lunches at 1 time
- make more quantity of one meal and have leftovers so you don’t have to cook dinner every single night. (ex: cook a big casserole dish of lasagna and eat it for 2-3 nights instead of just 1).
- Run your errands during 1-time block every week
- Pay all of your bills once a week on payday
You can maximize your time and find time in your day to create and start routines. The key is wanting to do it bad enough to move some things around or maximize your time. When you take the time to invest upfront to create and start routines, you will save a lot more time on the back end to do what you love- go after your dreams. Investing time in routines is well worth the reward.
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