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50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Four

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 3, 2009 @ 8:56 pm In Home Management,Time for Mom,Time Management | 5 Comments

This is what my life feels like somedays. Messy and disorganized. Like the breakfast dishes that could have been rinsed and put in the dishwasher right away, but weren’t, things can start to pile up.

There’s goo lurking in that pile that I probably don’t want to touch. But, the only solution is to slip on my gloves and dig in.

Experience teaches me that it’s better to prevent the pile than to have to dig out. That’s where streamlining your life can be so beneficial.

(This is part four in a series of ways to make life easier and more efficient. Go here [5] for the beginning.)

26. Find a calendar system that works for your family. FishPapa uses Outlook at work. Our personal email is with yahoo. We’re trying to find a way to consolidate our days daze so that we both know what’s going on at least most of the time. A number of readers had suggested Cozi [6] so I spent some time checking it out. So far, I like what I see. You can colorcode everyone’s calendar and email or text grocery lists. I like that you can just type “FishMama Dentist 4 pm on the 5th” and it automatically inserts it. Wowza!

27. Prioritize your tasks. Do what only you can do and find the most opportune times to do it. Yesterday during my morning out, FishPapa called and urged me to go shoe shopping. Although it wasn’t part of my plan, he made the point that I needed to do then what I couldn’t do with six children in tow. Point taken. Since I had free alone time, I needed to spend it on those things that I would want to do alone.

28. Clip coupons? Don’t leave home without them! You never know when you might find a great sale price that when coupled with a coupon will bring you great savings. Having them with you will prevent another trip out later. Likewise, don’t let the inserts and printables pile up on you. Take a few minutes every day to clip and file and then put them in the car. Some people like to have their kids help them cut coupons. This doesn’t work for me, but try it – you might like it.

29. Create shortcuts [7] to dinner prep. Whether that’s bulk cooking [8]or taking a dinner kit and hacking it [9], find ways that help you get from kitchen to table quickly.

[10]30.Find yourself buried under aforementioned pile of goo? Take some time to climb out from under. You’ll feel so much better if you know where to find things and can give yourself a fresh start. Consider digging yourself out with Simple Mom [11] and her Spring Cleaning party [12]. It’s a 10 day cleaning program designed for “normal people” and to work with real life. I’m not so sure about the “normal” part, but I’ve got plenty of “real life” to attend to. Not sure how it’s going to fit into our week/month, but we’ll see.

31-50. To be continued…. [13]

Got another great way to streamline Life as MOM? Share it with us in the comments because we can all use a new, good idea.

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[13] 31-50. To be continued….: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/05/50-ways-to-streamline-your-life-part_23.html

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