Maximizing Productivity: Secrets to Freeing Up Your Time
Hey there, supermoms! Are you tired of feeling like you're running a never-ending marathon every day? The kind where the finish line keeps moving further away, and the piles of laundry, groceries, and cleaning just keep growing taller? I know I am! But fear not, my fellow busy bees, because I'm here to share some tips on how to streamline your tasks, boost your productivity, and free up some precious "me" time - all without having to clone yourself (although let's be real, that would be pretty awesome).
One trick that's been a real game-changer for me is doing monthly orders for our home supplies and miscellaneous items. It's amazing how much time and hassle you can save by reducing the number of trips you have to make to the store. Plus, it's a great way to avoid the temptation of impulse buys in the checkout line (looking at you, dollar section). I especially love using Target's drive-up service - it's like having a personal shopper who brings everything right to your car! And the best part? It's not just saving me time, but also money and freeing me from the guilt of buying things I don't actually need.
Another lifesaver for me has been using Instacart as my go-to grocery delivery service. I've been using it since the early days of the pandemic (remember when we thought we had to hand wash our groceries? Yikes!), and I haven't looked back since. With Instacart, I can add items to my cart anytime, anywhere - whether I'm at my computer or on my phone. And the best part? I don't have to deal with decision fatigue inside the store, or worry about forgetting something important. If I do forget something, I can add it up to when they start shopping. And even after that I can send the shopper a message in the chat they'll grab it for me. Plus, with a yearly subscription and some service fees, it's definitely worth the time and hassle it saves me. And here's a little insider tip - if you use my referral link, you can save up to $30 off your first order! (promo: EMARTEL17D1A2)
We even automate some of our orders through Amazon and Thrive Market, so we don't have to keep track of our inventory all the time. It's so convenient to just order what we need and schedule reminders in our calendars before the orders are placed to double check. This way, we can spend less time worrying about toilet paper and more time doing what we love (like just chilling out and enjoying rest).
Let's not forget about meal planning - another big time-sucker for many of us. That's where subscription boxes like HelloFresh or Blue Apron come in. These meal services provide pre-planned meals and all the ingredients delivered straight to your door, with the correct portion sizes included. No more spending time thinking about ingredients or ordering extra items that will just go to waste. You can choose how many meals you want per week, and it's a much healthier and affordable option compared to takeout. So say goodbye to meal-planning stress and hello to delicious and easy meals!Remember, being a mom is a full-time job and you're doing great! I don't have a promo code for either of those, but do yourself a favor and check google there are almost always huge savings available.
Delegating tasks can be a total game-changer, and there are many ways to make it happen. Hiring someone to do a monthly deep clean or outsource some of your laundry can be surprisingly affordable. And don't forget to delegate some of your tasks to your partner too. "Drop the Ball" by Tiffany Dufu and "Fair Play" by Eve Rodsky are two must-read books that provide a simple and effective framework for communicating and delegating tasks effectively to our partners. By delegating tasks to third-party services and our partners, we not only reduce our workload but also create more time and space for ourselves and our relationships. This can free up valuable time and reduce stress, allowing us to indulge in the things we love. Remember, taking care of yourself is the ultimate form of self-care, and by doing so, you'll be a happier and healthier you.
Last but not least, don't forget to celebrate yourself! You're doing an amazing job balancing work, family, and everything in between. Take a break, treat yourself, and indulge in some well-deserved self-care. Whether it's a bubble bath, a glass of wine, or a good book, make sure to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. After all, you are worth it!
Oh, and before I forget, here's a disclosure: the link I shared for Instacart is an affiliate link, which means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase using it. But don't worry, this doesn't affect your purchase in any way and I only recommend products and services that I genuinely use and love.