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Wednesday, February 12

5 Ways To Find Time In Your Day

A few weeks ago I posted a video in which I suggested spending at least thirty minutes a day focusing on yourself. I think women, especially mothers, tend to forget that they too need to support numero uno. But there is always a time issue. How can you spend time working on your goals when you barely have time to shower? So I created another video explaining five different ways I carve out time in my day so I can spend it doing things I love to do.

5 Ways For Moms To Find Time For Themselves:

Tip 1: Delegate

We all know you have a to-do list a mile long. But do you really have to be the one to do all of those chores? Why not delegate some of your items to your husband or kids? I know the kids wont get the job done as well as you would do it, but I think it is more important to have some time to focus on your dreams then get everything done perfectly. Don’t you?

Tip 2: Let things go

The adage is “a woman’s work is never done” and I happen to agree. There are always going to be dirty dishes and piles of laundry. You should learn to ignore those things in order to concentrate on your passions. That isn’t to say you should neglect your family, but pushing off your duties for thirty minutes isn’t going to hurt.

Tip 3: Get rid of your kids!

When my kids were young I was in a playgroup where a few moms got together and then half the moms watched all the babies while the other moms had free time. The following week we switched. This gave us some precious free time without kids to get things done. Now that my kids are older I find joining carpools accomplishes the same thing.

Tip 4: Nap/homework time is your time

I always held nap time as sacred in my house. When the babies were asleep was the only time I could get some peace and quiet. When they were infants I slept. Then I used that time to blog. Now my kids are old enough to not need naps anymore, so I have switched it to homework time. When my sons do their homework I use that time to work on a book I am writing.

Tip 5: Put the kids to bed early

I am a big believer in putting the kids to bed early. Once they are asleep I feel like I can finally relax that part of my “mommy” brain and really concentrate on other things. If you have older kids, have them read quietly in their rooms before they turn out the light.

So do you have any creative ideas on carving time out of your day? Let me know in the comments.

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6 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    Wow! I love this video, especially your amazing outfits! You look great, and I like the wink! ;)

    I don’t have kids, but I think that the tips you have included can be modified for any woman who needs to find that extra time for herself. For example, if I cook dinner, my husband has to do the dishes and clean up–I don’t do both!

  2. beate says:

    what a glamorous video :-)
    don´t have kids too – but i can see around me lot of mums who bought in that “be with the kids every minute of your life” thing. all very exhausted, a shadow of themself.

    and is´t it better for kids to have a mum who is a PERSON ?

  3. Eva says:

    Key word here, DELEGATION.

    My mother’s and grandmothers tips were: delegation to your
    older children.

    My mother delegated the cleaning of the rooms as soon as possible, everyone had to clean his/her own room and we started to do that at the early age of 5! (perfection here was not requested).
    She also used to give us a small shopping list and we did the shopping on our own (it helps a lot when shops are just around the corner).
    She also stopped cooking family dinners when we were teenagers and we have to learn how to do it!
    And the same for ironing, laundry, etc.
    With delagation she had the time to sew dresses for us, to knit pullovers, to paint and do the things she loved :-)

    About going early to bed, it’s also true!! we used to be in bed around 8pm, just reading or playing with dolls. My parents had a little bit more time for themselves which is essential for a good marriage.

  4. Sanne says:

    I’ve just got a part-time job at my company, I will have each Wednesday off from 1 March, and I can hardly wait. It cost a lot of money to do so, of course, but about five month ago my twenty year old son moved (and I believe that teenagers cost a lot!), and DH and I have been talking about where to save. Our “problem” is dining out too much, so we have promised to not do so, without having a really good reason to celebrate. And what am I going to do on these off-Wednesdays? They will be my creative day, I will do what ever I feel for – like drawing, knitting, sewing, reading, writing, etc. Aahh. :) I will be in creative heaven! :)

    And you are writing on a booki! :) Exciting.
    Wishing you a glamorous weekend.

  5. Letting go of things is one that I’ve really been working on as I’ve gotten older. I’ve always loved order and being on top of anything that I possibly could, but sometimes it’s okay, I’ve come to realize, to not be a perfectionist about housekeeping (or email inbox maintenance!) 24/7.

    ♥ Jessica

  6. Harris says:

    I really like it when folks get together and share ideas.
    Great blog, continue the good work!

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