*This post is sponsored by Ingo Money. All opinions are my own.*
Being a mom, not to mention a wife, housekeeper, and blogger, keeps me pretty busy! There are chores to be done, children to play with, meals to be made, errands to run, blog posts to write, emails that need a response–honestly, there is always SOMETHING! Do you feel that way too? I am frequently asked how I manage my time, and I must admit, I’m still learning. I am not an expert, but I can tell you that there have been two things I’ve done that have helped me maximize my time: setting a schedule and learning to complete tasks in the most time-efficient manner.
I make a schedule each Sunday evening to plan out our week. I try to schedule everything for each day, from the meals we make, to playtimes, to errands and outings for the week. Of course, things are always going to come up, so you need to be somewhat flexible with your schedule, but having it in writing will help keep you on track throughout the week. It’s been a lifesaver to have a schedule!
Learning to complete my tasks in the most time efficient manner has proven to be equally as important as making a schedule. Here are some of the changes I’ve made you can easily incorporate into your life as well:
Dinner preparations: Since I am planning my schedule every Sunday, I also plan the menu. I try to plan meals back-to-back that incorporate using leftovers or some of the same ingredients so I can prep them at the same time. For instance, Tuesday night we had tacos. I made enough extra meat and bought enough extra supplies to have taco salad on Wednesday evening, almost eliminating my need to fix dinner that night. If we are having fajitas one evening for dinner, I try to chop up extra pepper strips for the family to snack on during the week, or to use as toppings on homemade pizza.
Setting 1 day for errands: Once you’ve got 2 kids, especially in the winter, getting everyone ready to leave the house is a chore in itself. I try to plan a full day for errands and do them all at once. We make our rounds to the post office, the bank, the grocery store, and anywhere else we need to go. This also saves us money on gas and general wear and tear on our van.
Taking Advantage of Apps: Wow, ten years ago, who knew where our Smartphones would be taking us today! I can do everything from my phone in seconds. I remember waiting for the “8’s” so I could see my local weather on television. Not anymore, there’s an app to check that quickly. Need a recipe for dinner, don’t drag out a cookbook–there’s an app for that too! Did you know that there is even a mobile app the lets you load funds from your checks to a participating prepaid card? This means you get your money faster and without having to make a trip to the bank. It’s called the Ingo Money app.
With the Ingo Money mobile app, you just take a picture of your check with your smartphone to send to Ingo Money. You can choose to pay a small fee to load the funds to your card in minutes, or you can wait 10 days to load the funds to your prepaid card for free if the check does not return unpaid. Ingo Money reviews all checks for approval prior to loading the funds; if approved, the funds are yours to keep and will not be reversed even if the check bounces. As someone who worked in banking a few short years ago, I know that a surprisingly large number of American’s don’t have a bank account. This is an EASY way to get your checks loaded onto a prepaid card (especially with tax refunds right around the corner)!
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Automating Services: Thanks to the Internet, SO many services can now be automated. We have everything set up so that most of our bills are automatically paid every month. This saves me so much time not having to write out checks and it also saves me in postage every month. It also means I’m never late sending a payment. That’s a win-win in my book!
Believe me, I know that being a wife and mother can be a LOT of work! None of us are perfect. Just remember that even if you feel like you did not manage your time well this week, Sunday starts a new week! Make that schedule, adjust your time management, and I’m sure you’ll be on your way to feeling better about how you manage your time!
I am blogging on behalf of Ingo Money and received compensation for my time from Ingo Money for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Ingo’s. Learn more about the Ingo Money mobile app at http://www.IngoMoney.com, or connect with the Ingo community at https://www.facebook.com/ingomoney.