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A bit behind, Monday!

Well, if you follow my blog you can tell I am a bit behind on this Monday, 10/26/09 that should have been posted “yesterday” so I am SORRY!  =( 

Luckily, this hectic month is finally coming to an end, which is good & bad as I love the month of October, however it has been a very busy and crazy one both personal and work wise this year so I am looking forward to some down time in November!

I am going to move quickly through today so I can get back on track, so here are my eats for the day:

Breakfast was a bowl of Whole-Grain Cheerios with 1/2 a sliced banana and 2% milk.

Monday 10.26.09 - Breakfast

Breakfast

Lunch was two slices of high-fiber whole wheat bread that I added a little mayo to and then topped with Boar’s Head oven-gold turkey, white american cheese with two slices of tomato that I warmed in the toaster over and then added some pickles and 1/2 a pear on the side.

Monday 10.26.09 - Lunch

Lunch

Dinner was left overs from the night before that I put together into a Taco Salad.

Monday 10.26.09 - Dinner

Dinner

Prior to dinner and after leaving work I hit the gym and did the following:

  • 10 minutes of Abs (leg lifts, sides & crunches)
  • 10 minutes of Arm Free Weights (shoulders, biceps & triceps)
  • 45 minutes of Cross-Training Cardio (stair machine)

My night ended with some blog surfing and posting, before I started to feel my eyes close around 11pm and I decided to head up stairs!

TIP OF THE DAY!!!

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Time management refers to a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals. This set encompass a wide scope of activities, and these include planning, allocating, setting goals, delegation, analysis of time spent, monitoring, organizing, scheduling, and prioritizing. Initially time management referred to just business or work activities, but eventually the term broadened to include personal activities also. A time management system is a designed combination of processes, tools and techniques.

Time Management Tips For Working Moms

*I live by the below tips!!!

Make Friends With Dawn

Dawn- as in the early morning hours, that is! Getting up early for most people is a challenge, but getting up before the kids wake up can be the difference between a stressed out, psychotic mother and a sane one!

If the household tends to wake up between 6 and 7am, set your own alarm for one to two hours earlier. Use this time to have a quiet cup of coffee or tea, check your email, exercise, read the paper or if you have a big day ahead of you, prepare for your workday.

What you don’t want to use this extra quiet time for is housework! It can be tempting to throw in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher, but that would defeat the purpose of having some time each morning for yourself.

Prepare for the Morning Rush the Night Before

Almost every time management and organizational article will recommend that you select your clothing and set them all out the night before you plan to wear them. Have you ever placed professional clothing on the back of a chair? No matter how careful you are, you’ll wake up to wrinkled clothing most mornings and have to pick out something else, anyway!

What may work better for you is to look through your clothing and decide what you are going to wear mentally- but leave it all hanging in your closet or folded neatly in your drawers.

Group Similar Activities Together

When making dinner, also prepare the next day’s lunches for your children, and prepare baby bottles for the sitter’s if need be. If possible, gather everything for the next morning’s breakfast, as well. It seems like such small, trivial tasks but if you make it habit to do all of this while you’re already in the kitchen preparing dinner, you’ll save precious minutes in the morning.

Another tip is to cook or prepare several meals at once. Some people spend a couple hours on Sunday afternoon preparing meals that can be reheated or taken out of the freezer during the week and other people simply cook two meals each time they cook so they can skip a day or two of cooking in between (don’t forget to eat leftovers!)

For example, if you’re having chicken parmesan and pasta on Monday night, bake or fry additional boneless chicken to be used in a Chinese-style stir fry for later in the week. You can freeze the pre-cooked chicken and simply add it to your vegetables in the frying pan when you’re ready to eat it.

Don’t Clean so Much

If you do a few things each day, you’ll never have to spend an entire day cleaning the house from top to bottom. Get your children to help you- children as young as 2 can be taught to do simple chores. (Yes, it can be a struggle in the beginning for children of any age, but if you are persistent that they do their share, it will just become part of their routine.)

A good tip for a family with children is to do a load of laundry every day, from start to finish. Don’t take it out of the dryer and let it sit in the laundry basket, either! Wash, dry, fold and put away- one load each day. This will avoid the dreaded laundry day- when you spend hours and have to fold 7 baskets of clothes on a Saturday.

Use baby wipes or Clorox wipes to keep your bathrooms clean. It’s amazing how quick you can wipe out the sink, or little boy toilet “misses” with these wipes! Keep a sponge in the shower and give it a quick once over every few days while you’re taking your shower and it will stay clean.

Multi-tasking Super Moms

Working mothers are notorious for their ability to do several things at once. If you get a lunch break at work, you might want to use it once or twice a week to do some household tasks. For example, you can eat a sandwich at your desk and pay your bills, fill out school forms or schedule personal appointments. On the days you don’t need to do household activities, take a walk on your lunch hour to rejuvenate for the afternoon.

You can also effectively fit in exercise while working, in most situations. If you’re on a phone call, who would know if you’re doing standing leg lifts or tightening your abdominal muscles? Every little bit of exercise counts.

You can also fit in exercise when playing with the kids after work or on weekends. Run around the playground with them, or dance around the house like a crazy person!

Keep Your Sense of Humor

If you take a moment to take pleasure in each of your daily activities, and remind yourself you’re doing exactly what you want to do with your life (raising your beautiful children and working in a career), it’s hard to be overwhelmed or grumpy with the occasional difficult day. Laugh. Laugh often, and laugh loud- you’d be amazed at the benefits!


 

 

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  1. Lu
    October 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I love your tips. You are so on top of it all. I really love the way your taco salad looks. I may just have to have one for lunch now.

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