10 Ways to Get More Done By Effectively Using Your Small Pockets of Time
As a busy mom time can feel like something that we just do not have the luxury for! We are always rushing around (until our feet are killing us), with too much to do in too little time. By the time we’ve got the kids to school, been to work and then juggled caring for the kids in the evening we can feel like our day has been completely unaccomplished!
But what if I told you there usually are small pockets of time throughout your day that can be utilized?
Often without realizing we do have minutes free throughout the day, but we tend to use them to procrastinate (or aimlessly scroll through social media) rather than using them to form healthy habits, be more productive and create stronger connections with our loved ones.
Keep reading for my top tips on how to best maximize your small pockets of time!
Lose the snooze
Are you guilty of the morning alarm clock snooze? (I definitely am!) While an extra few minutes in bed can seem really tempting, it’s way more productive to get out of bed and make the most of those ten minutes. Just think of all the things you could achieve – some time for yourself before the chaos of getting the kids up, a few minutes meditation, time for coffee and breakfast before work, a quick 7-minute workout…It’s amazing what can be slotted into those few minutes!
Declutter your day
As much as we want to say yes to everything, doing so can cause us to have a completely overwhelming day with too much crammed in. By learning to say no to the things that aren’t important we can free up some much-needed time.
Be more aware of how you’re spending your time
What do you usually do when you’re waiting for the kettle to boil? Or while you’re having a shower? Generally, we can be found to be wasting the time we spend doing everyday routine things, when we could be using it more wisely and productively.
Next time that you catch yourself waiting for the kettle to boil use this time catch up with a friend, wipe down the counters, pack lunches, or even pay a bill. You know I’m not a huge fan of multi-tasking, but this is multi-tasking done right!
is one of the precious few moments of the day that we actually get some uninterrupted time to ourselves (ok maybe not every shower since the little ones like to bang on any closed door, but at least some of your showers are quiet … hopefully) – use this to meditate so that you have a clear mind for the day ahead.
is often something that can always come up short when we don’t have much time in our day. Rather than the kids heading off to their rooms after school, or sitting down in front of the tv, why not encourage them to sit in the kitchen with you while you cook dinner? This is a great way to hear about their day and form precious connections. My daughter likes to colour or do a puzzle while we talk.
Keep screen time productive
We all know that in today’s society we spend way too much time on our phones, and it’s usually for the wrong reasons – as much as Instagram and Facebook are great, they can be a total time drain. Install a reading app to your phone, so that during those periods when you reach for your phone you can scroll through a book rather than social media.
Cut down work meeting times
When we’ve got a list longer than our arm of tasks to do there is nothing worse than having to be stuck in a long meeting. A lot of meetings tend to overrun the amount of time they should, and most of these meetings can be cut down to shorter of periods of time. Instead of spending 30 minutes in a meeting try cutting it to 25, and for 60-minute meetings, 45 minutes should be sufficient time.
Get away from your desk
When you feel the afternoon slump start to hit, or your mind is starting to stray from your work get up and take a break. Not only does it do wonders for our productivity and mood to get away from our desk, but going for a short stroll in the fresh air is also so much better for our health than sitting at a desk all day!
Limit your housework time
Set yourself 15-20 minutes every day to complete the household chores, and if it doesn’t all get done in that time learn to let it go – there are far more urgent matters that need attention!
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Get enough sleep
Going to bed late causes us to oversleep or sleep in later, which in turn causes us to lose valuable time in the morning. Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it to stop that morning snooze!
Had you considered that these small moments of time could be used to improve your physical and mental health, and improve relationships with your family?
Now that I’ve started to highlight some of the areas that could be better used to maximize your time, what else happens in your daily life that could be rearranged to earn some bonus minutes? Comment below and let us know!