I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but somehow over the past couple of weeks a new motto seems to have taken hold my brain. Things are getting easier, in some respects at least, in our family life. Even when trying to keep things manageable, life gets crazy with one child at school, extra curricular activities, classes for the toddler who turns 3 (!?!) in two months, and my college courses, not to mention my husband’s work/exercise/social schedule, but there are no babies in this house any more. It seems like almost every other family I know is either pregnant with their third, already has a third or is planning a third, but not here. No pregnancy hormones or exhaustion, no naps, no diapers. We don’t have a newborn keeping us up all night or a newly mobile baby keeping us on our toes with their magnet towards the most dangerous place in the room. I only have Rowan at home with me during the majority of the day since Ashlyn is in full day, every day junior kindergarten (and I can’t say enough good things about her teacher or school). It seems to me that this is my year of “no excuses”.
What does that mean? It means I’m working harder to actually exercise instead of just talking about how I should be exercising. I’m going moderately old-school and I’ve pulled out the old Wii Fit and EA Active games to keep myself accountable and motivated. Turns out Rowan loves to exercise right alongside me so it’s a lot of fun for both of us! I have no excuses for not exercising.
It means I’m going to work on meal planning and using my slow cooker on a regular basis. This will eliminate the mid-afternoon panic of “oh crap, I didn’t thaw anything this morning” and will help us to have more variety in our meals. I have no excuses for not having dinner ready at least 4 nights a week when my husband gets home.
It means that even though my ‘messy house’ is still pretty darn clean, I will make more of an effort to do the chores I don’t like – mostly dusting and mopping/cleaning the hardwood. If I keep on top of them, it’s quick and almost painless to get done. I have no excuses to procrastinate on cleaning.
And mostly it means making the most of my time so that I can get more done during the time that I’m working (whether that’s blogging, homework or housework) so that I can have more down time for my family and myself. I have so many things that I want to do – finish my 2013 photo book, get back to scrapbooking, learn to sew and/or knit, read more – and I have the same 24 hours a day everyone else has. It’s up to me to figure out how to use them the most effectively!
Do you have any time management tips or tricks? How about recipes that are great on those time-crunched nights?