Quick and Simple Ways to Squeeze More Time into 2013

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Here we go. Another year has come and gone and the New Year is filled with endless possibilities of tasks completed, resolutions fulfilled and plans executed. But don’t worry, this is not going to be another one of those articles that tells you about all the ways to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions. But I do have some quick and simple ways to squeeze more time into your day.

Will this list keep you on track for completing your New Year’s resolutions? I don’t know. But what I do know is if you try the same thing year in and year out you are almost guaranteed to get the same results. I also know, that no matter how much money you have, where you live or how much you pray, there is still going to be 24 hours in every day. It is up to each individual to make those hours count towards something that you want so bad that you can almost feel it… taste it. Do you want to have more time to spend with your kids? Does a family vacation sound enticing? How about your health? Could you use some extra time to get your health on the right track? It’s up to you. But here are some quick simple ways to squeeze in more time in 2013.

Wake up 30 Minutes Earlier

I know, I know. It’s hard enough already to even get the recommended 7-9 hours a day in. But, if you were to wake up even 30 minutes earlier maybe 5 days a week, you could use that time to get some much needed things done on your list. That quiet time could be used for your daily devotion for example, daily cardio workout or replying to emails for an at-home business. Think about it. You will be surprised at what a mere 30 a day can do for you.

Get Consistent Reliable Child Care Assistance

Raising a family can certainly be challenging. One of the most challenging parts is finding a babysitter when the child’s school is closed or he/she is off for the day. Certainly, this is not a problem for everyone. Some folks are fortunate enough to have what I call “built in sitters or BIS”, that they can call on. BIS’s are trusted family members/friends that are available to assist with childcare at a moment’s notice. They offer familiarity and security. It’s a great perk to have. When you don’t have a BIS however, everything is more challenging. You really have to be diligent about finding someone that you can trust to care for your most “valued treasures”. Finalizing such a decision is paramount in freeing up more time to do other things like “running errands”, having date nights with your spouse and having some girl time for yourself. Websites like Care.com offer access to child care providers based on your zip code. You can read up on their profiles, do background checks and be on your way to finding a good childcare provider for you and your family.

Designate and Delegate

Alicia Keys said it best when she when she sang: “Even when I’m a mess, I still put on a vest with an S on my chest Oh yes, I’m a Superwoman”. She is right isn’t she? Women want and often do it all. The thing is though, we don’t have to. It may take some sacrifice but you can hire someone to clean the house (if only once a month as a treat), sign up for a kiddie carpool or opt to use a grocery delivery service. The point is, we don’t have to do it all and it’s OK if we don’t 100% of the time. As a matter of fact, try not “doing it all”, maybe once a week and see how you feel. I am pretty sure that you will return to your family with more zeal and vitality than ever before. What do you think?

What are some ways that you squeeze more time into your day?


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