Time management looks differently, now that I am a grandma, compared to when I was a young mom of five busy kids. I have more time to myself, but it seems to zip by so much faster.
I'm not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination, but here are a few things I've learned that might help in whatever season you find yourself.
- Reduce and Simplify your life. De-clutter wherever possible.
- Take stock of your daily routine--eliminate the unnecessary. It's ok to say no sometimes.
- Do the 'have to dos' first. My mom always said, "Work first, play later."
- Delegate whenever possible. Teach your kids to be responsible for their own chores. Make it fun. Time yourselves and see what you can get done in 10 or 15 minutes, then reward well, not in food, but with a privilege, or a fun field trip together.
- Combine trips--saves time and gas.
- Utilize small snippets of time when you have to wait (carpools, doctors offices, etc).
- Always keep pencil and paper handy to collect quirky characters, bits of dialogue, different speech patterns, and sensory details.
- Use spare time to sort out plot details, ask the 'what if', 'why', and 'what next' questions.
- If you have a smartphone check your emails or update your blog.
- Learn ways to save on meal preparation.
- I love my crockpot for this very reason. I can set it, forget it, and continue working.
- Make ahead freezer meals. A one day time investment can yield a month's worth of dinners. All you have to do is thaw and cook or throw it in your crockpot.