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How to add an extra hour every day
Today’s post is a guest post by Rachel of OurStart.com. Rachel answers the question how to add an extra hour every day and shares 7 tips to make it happen!
I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, I have even less time than usual. There are so many presents to buy, gifts to wrap, kids to shuttle, and trees to decorate. If there has ever been a time where we need to get an extra hour back, it’s in December. Today we are going to walk you through some little things you can do each day to get an extra hour of your time back.
1. Say No To Obsessively Checking Email And Social Media
Let’s be honest; sometimes we can waste entire evenings playing around on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. And now that our email is available virtually anywhere, we can check that when we are at home and far away from work. Practice being smarter about the time that you spend tagging friends in memes and watching pointless videos. Yes, social media is a great way to connect and have some mindless fun, but too much of it can drastically eat up our time. I suggest setting an amount of time that you want to spend checking social media each day, and not exceeding that.
2. Say No To Having A Neat House
Now, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with having a very neat and clean house. But most times, it’s just unrealistic for moms. Keep yourself sane by letting some of the more minor messes go. With Christmas decorations up everywhere, there are going to be plenty of things that are constantly getting out of place. Try to just tidy up around 15 to 30 minutes each day, instead of during a huge clean once a week.
This is going to help keep your house neat, but not waste your time by thoroughly cleaning everything that is just going to get Santa or Christmas cookie crumbs on it later. The truth is, there are always going to be more dishes to clean, counters to wipe down, and laundry to do. Give yourself a break during the holiday season. Sometimes watching a Christmas movie with your family is more important than making sure your shower is spotless.
3. Ask Your Husband For Help
So many women think that we have to be super moms. That we have to run the kids around, work, clean, do the laundry and cook dinner. But gender roles are changing. Your husband is just as responsible for doing things around the house as you are. If you feel like you are drowning trying to do it all, ask him to assist you. No one person can do everything on their own.
4. Think About Multi-Tasking
Try to add some chores or errands to your morning or evening routine that you never thought you could before. Maybe try putting in a load of laundry right when you get up in the morning, instead of putting it off until Saturday afternoon. Straighten up your kitchen as you talk to your husband or kids about their days. Cook dinner and clean dirty dishes at the same time. Don’t put off today what can be done during the day.
5. Become A Morning Person
Let me let you in on a little secret; no one likes getting up earlier. Even morning people realize that they will have a couple of minutes of discomfort until they are fully awake. Lying in bed contemplating why you can’t just perpetually be asleep, isn’t going to make leaving your comfy bed any easier. Try getting up a half an hour earlier each day to get more done before work or the kids get up. If you need to put your alarm across the room from your bed, that might be a smart idea.
6. Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask someone to babysit your kids if you have errands to run, or just need a girls night. You are not a bad mom or person for needing some extra help. Even many friends would be happy to help you out if you admitted you needed it. As humans, we are all so afraid to admit that we don’t have it all together. So, ask those around you to help you out when you need some extra time. Especially during the holiday season.
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7. Give Yourself A Break
Realize that there are going to be days and weeks where you feel like you accomplished nothing. And, days, where you feel like everything in your house, is a mess. Accept that now, and you will be so much better off for the future. We could always use more time, but we can’t always get time back with our friends and families. Invest and be all there when you are around those you love, and cut yourself some slack if it means your sink has dirty dishes.
As moms, we constantly have just one more thing on our never-ending to-do list. Hopefully, these tips can help you to get more done, and get it done well during this stressful time of year.
Rachel Watson is the website manager for OurStart.com. OurStart is a lifestyle blog for women in their 20s and 30s. They regularly publish content around pregnancy, parenting, weddings, and the workplace. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring cute cafes, and playing with her miniature schnauzer.