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How to get more from 24

Oh to have more hours in a day….sometimes we think that adding more hours to the day would enable us to reach the end of our to do list. While that is probably just a pipe dream there are simple steps you can take to add productive chunks of time to you and your family's day.
1. TiVo or tape your favorite shows. I know this is delayed gratification but I get a lot more done after the kids are in bed so 9pm and 10pm shows can eat away at otherwise precious time. Then when I have a day that I feel like staying up late or even on the weekend I can watch Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy while folding clothes or making lunches. (Just be sure to tell your friends not to discuss the show in your presence and therefore spoil perfectly good plot surprises)
2. Give older children part of the shopping list at the grocery store. My older boys love to feel like the "big kid" and go get the milk and dog food. This saves a lot of time- remember many hands make light work Smile
3. When cooking foods such as lasagna or meatloaf it is no harder to make two batches than one. Serve one tonight and freeze the other for future use. I am sure you can think of many nights it would have been nice to have something to thaw and bake rather than hit the McDonald's drive-thru again…
4. When you are headed up to bed make a quick dash around the house and gather the items that belong upstairs. You are headed up there anyway and it will make for a cleaner and less cluttered environment in the morning.
5. Get enough sleep- I know this is easier said than done but a cranky parent is never as productive as a well rested parent!

posted on: 11/13/2007 9:00:00 AM by Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama
category: Family

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Melissa Smallwood is a professional organizer and mom of three boys (ages 15, 12 and 11). Melissa's motto is live...laugh....love and everything else will fall into place!

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