My wife amazes me. Each day, I watch in awe as she conquers the many tasks that are required to keep our household running efficiently. On a typical day she must:
- Get the kids ready for school
- Care for the dog
- Shop for groceries
- Run errands/Taxi
- Clean house
- Cook dinner
- Prepare outfits
- Make lunches
- Reply to e-mails and phone calls
- Spend quality time with family
Keep in mind that most days aren’t typical. In addition to these regular duties, she must react to crises such as a sick child, a broken air conditioning system, or a trip to the mechanic. And I didn’t even mention the volunteer work she does at at our kids’ schools and at church. I often wonder how she gets it all done. I would fail miserably if I had to do all of the things that she does, but my wife handles them with aplomb.
After observing her for the 14 years we’ve been married, I’ve learned a few lessons on time management. She inspires me to be more deliberate with how I spend my time. Instead of wishing for more hours in the day, I’ve learned to maximize the time I have.
5 Time Saving Tips That I Learned From My Wife
- Get focused – My wife wakes up an hour before the kids do so she can have some quiet time to herself in the morning. She’ll use this time to read devotional materials, meditate and reflect on her day. This quiet period allows her to mentally prepare for the day’s tasks and helps to keep her centered when things don’t go as planned.
- Make lists – My wife is a huge list maker. There are lists in the refrigerator, on her computer, in the car. Sometimes I think she needs a list to keep up with all of her lists. But the act of writing down things in an orderly manner helps my wife to remain productive.
- Take advantage of technology – My wife’s smart phone has helped her to be more productive. She uses it to record notes, set reminders, sync our calendars, send e-mails and text messages, research items, and download recipes. She is also a big advocate of online shopping. Buying things via the computer cuts down on time spent in stores.
- Take breaks, but set limits – Being a mom and wife can be overwhelming at times. That’s why it’s important to take breaks. My wife likes to unwind by playing games on her iPad, visiting Facebook and Twitter, and chatting with her friends. To avoid being sucked into a time vortex by these activities, she sets a timer. When the buzzer sounds, she resumes her duties.
- Ask for help – My wife sometimes gets overwhelmed by her responsibilities. When she reaches that point, she enlists the help of friends and family. Some people are reluctant to ask for help because they see it as a sign of weakness, but my wife knows that she can be more effective if she uses all of the resources available to her.
Running a household is demanding and requires both time and effort. No one has all of the answers and no one can do it alone. By sharing ideas and time saving tips, we can all take care of our responsibilities more effectively and have extra time and energy to spend with the ones we love.
Join the conversation: What are some of your favorite time saving tips?