Saving Time For Working Moms
Saving Time For Working Moms

As you may have noticed, I like to keep my posts short and sweet. Why? 1) It’s my writing style. You’ll probably never see a novel from me. Maybe a collection of short stories. 2) My attention span is short. Distractions come easy to me—SQUIRREL! 3) I don’t have time. Between working, mommyhood, wifey-hood, I want to get my thoughts out in a concise yet HILARIOUS matter. I’m the “snapchat” of bloggers.

With only 24 hours in a day, 16 of which I am awake, I have to find ways to save time… and here’s how:

-Slow cooker meals are my godsend. Set it and forget it. Carving out a few hours on a Sunday to prepare meals for the rest of the week makes everyone happy. Use a slow cooker liner and you have “practically” no dishes to do!

-Laying out clothes. Check the weather report for the week. Include room for sweaters and jackets if needed. Iron on Sunday, and you save an extra 15 minutes of staring at your closet full of clothes, and going “what should I wear?” Have backup options just in case you have “I feel fat” day. Do this for your kids too.

-No technology for 15 minutes. Set aside 15 minutes a day when you get home where no technology is involved. That includes TV, Computer, Smartphone, etc. Use those 15 minutes to get something done: clean, cook, organize. You’d be surprised how productive you are without tech distractions.

-DVR/TIVO rocks! No need to waste time on commercials. An actual show length for an 30 minute show is about 20 minutes. Watch your recorded shows, and you can put those 10 minutes to something else.

-Waiting time? Take the wait out of waiting time. Bring small to-dos with you when you’re waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or at the bank, or filling up gas. Small to-dos are like writing birthday/thank you cards, responding to FB messages from Grandma, come up with ideas for future blog posts!

-Load the car the night before. Every work day, I have to remember to bring Junior’s diaper bag, his food, his projects, my breast pump and accessories, my purse, my lunch, and of course Junior. In an effort to not lose my mind, half of those items can be packed the night before.

-Double up. This is addition to the previous tip but it honestly helps to have double up on some items. For example, I have two breast pumps (one for work, one for home), two diaper bags (one for his day care, one for personal use), and two phone chargers (one for home, one for work). Imagine each place you go as a station, and think about what you will need at each “station”.

What do you moms do to save time?

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6 Comments on 7 Ways to Save Time for Working Moms

  1. Natasha
    April 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I do the Waiting Time thing too. I can see all the potential in that wait. I use to bring a book with me then get home and still have a bunch of little things I could have done waiting on me.

    • JD Collins
      April 30, 2014 at 7:15 am (5 years ago)

      That’s awesome! I finally figured out the waiting time thing when waiting for the pediatrician for an hour… yikes. never again.

  2. Bethe @ Texas Lovely
    May 14, 2014 at 8:54 am (5 years ago)

    I love your tips! Especially the one about having two of things – we have two diaper bags, and I would have loved to have had two breast pumps if they weren’t so expensive. I’m a busy working mom with a 10-month-old, and there are never enough hours in a day. My other tips: Right when you get home from work, take 30 minutes to an hour regrouping for the next day. Unpack the diaper bag and repack it for tomorrow, wash all the bottles, pack formula for the next day (we break ours down into one-serving bottles using those really small breastmilk pump bottles), do a load of laundry, and do anything that could save you time in the morning. That being said, well, it doesn’t always happen, but when it does, my life is much easier!

    • JD Collins
      May 15, 2014 at 7:36 am (5 years ago)

      Those are awesome tips. I’m usually fumbling around in the morning, trying to gather stuff (usually washing his bottles). If only,there were more hours in a day! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Renee
    August 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I make my daughter 5 school lunches on sunday. Takes me about 30 minutes to make all 5.

    • JD Collins
      September 23, 2015 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

      Very nice! you’re efficient! -JD