I wrote recently about helping children to follow their passions, but this is something I also believe is important for adults (and something that is important to model for your children). For me, since I have had children my range of interests has narrowed. This is natural because it is important that some of my focus shift to them. But I feel now that my youngest is 20 months that I am able to spend some more time on my interests. I’m going to write more about how and what I’m doing in this area later, but first I want to share the ways that I’ve freed up some time to have to myself …
I started menu planning which has made cooking and grocery shopping quicker and more streamlined. I started by using Planning With Kids free menu planner, but now I have planned the menu often enough that I just chop and change what I have done before.
Having a daily, weekly, monthly and annual cleaning schedule has always worked for me, but things were getting put off (and not returned to) when I was busy so I put my schedule into an reminder system which comes up when I turn on the computer.
Getting into a daily rhythm with times for cooking, cleaning, play with my children, blogging and so on. These ideas from Steady Mom and the Magic Onions helped me with developing a rhythm that worked for our family.
And not to forget that spending some extra time with my husband is nice too, we now have a date night. Love, Actually has lots of ideas if you want to do something a bit special for a date night.
Now that I’ve planned everything and I feel like things won’t get forgotten or be left undone if I do something else, here are some ways to use the time while I’m figuring out how I want to use the time. These two ideas are my favourites