One of the popular themes among my blog coaching clients is they just don’t have time to work on their business. My frequent response to this excuse (sorry, ladies I’m just not buying it) is have you streamlined your home to run more efficiently? Usually, there is a pause and then a question “How do You Streamline Your Home to be More Efficient?” Well, the secrets are out!!
Today I am going to share with you some of the top tricks I tell my clients so you have more time to work on your blog/business, or for you to get a little well-deserved break! I promise I won’t tell anyone 🙂
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I am a productivity/efficiency geek.
I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My blog, helps other overwhelmed moms be more productive at home and in their business.
I have limited time and frequently get distracted on the internet, so I have to force myself to stay focused and productive during the time blocks that I schedule to work on my business.
Needless to say, I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success!
10 Ways to Streamline your Home
1.) My number one trick would definitely be to have a plan!
This is probably an obvious one, but when you have a plan you need to make sure that your plan is focused on seeing results. When I create my plan for the week I use my Productive Planner.
I created my planner when I was being constantly disappointed with the ones I had purchased. My planner actually works backward. It focuses on what the goal is and then the only things I schedule on my calendar are things that are going to help me accomplish my goal.
I don’t put anything on my calendar that is just busy work. Of course, if I have a doctor appointment or something then obviously I need to go to that, but I’m not scheduling things that aren’t going to move the dial with my goals.
Check out this blog post: How to Use Time Blocking to Skyrocket Your Productivity
2.) The next thing would definitely be a morning routine.
My husband helps me with the morning routine and actually the evening routine too. We have it completely down to a science. It only takes us about 15 minutes.
I have designed it so that we work through the house so we’re not walking back and forth a million times. That takes up valuable time. We end with a cup of coffee and folding laundry while chit-chatting together about what’s going to happen for the day.
3.) We own a million maids around the house.
Ok, obviously we don’t own human maids, but basically, like any sort of timer or thing created for convenience, I consider to be my own maid. Back in the day if you wanted to turn your lights on you had a servant that walked around for your and turned on all of the candlesticks. Now we have timers and apps that can do all of that for us. Horrible analogy, I know…but it was the first one I could come up with.
We use as many automation things as he possible at my house. Especially when it comes to lights, so this can really save you some money on your electric bill too. We live far up north in Vermont and we actually have data limits on our internet so I know these will work for anyone. All of our lights outside are dusk to dawn, I never have to worry about it I remembered to turn a light off or on. We also use a white noise machine to sleep (you have to, it’s like creepy quiet here)…it’s on a timer and so is my daughter’s sound machine and humidifier.
We program the oven so that it will turn on in the morning at a specific time and then instead of using a toaster we put toast in the oven. It turns on and toasts the toast (lol) while we do our morning routine and wallah breakfast is done when we are done. You can program the coffee to be done at the same time too
We wash our dishes at night and wake up in the morning and empty the dishwasher. Since the dishwasher is always empty during the day, dishes skip the sink and go directly to the dishwasher. We do laundry at night too. I throw the laundry in at dinner time and then I swap it over to the dryer before bed. It does its own thing and then I wake up and just need to put the clothes away.
There are other things like your Crock-Pot you can use it to cook your dinner all day and then at night swap it over to cook breakfast. We cook oatmeal or an egg casserole and then wake up to a nice hot breakfast in the morning. Bonus tip…do this for any house guests so early risers have breakfast and you don’t have to wake up to play host for them.
4.) As moms we spend so much time doing laundry, it’s absolutely ridiculous.
Do you just hate doing something just to have to do it again and again? Find a laundry system where you don’t have to sort and only fold the minimum amount of things. I absolutely hate folding laundry.
We use those hanging organizers with the Monday-Friday on them. They are not exclusive to the kids. We all use them in my house because that’s even less laundry I have to fold and put in a drawer. I just throw it in its container and done! It also speeds up getting ready and finding something to wear. So take some time to think about it and come up with your own laundry system.
5.) Read good books
I used to be on Pinterest every night. After getting ready for bed, I would lay down and pull out my phone until I fell asleep. After staying on Pinterest for like an hour and a half I would finally fall asleep. I would have so many squirrel moments or I would start to doubt myself. Seeing what other people are doing made me think “oh should I be doing that too”. So much valuable sleeping time was wasted on the phone and then even more time just recovering from all the self-doubt.
Finally…I started reading books instead. It stopped the whole cycle from happening. You can either get a bunch of books by purchasing an Ultimate Bundle that interests you (I download them all to read in bed) or get like a real paperback book from the library or Amazon. Paperback books actually help me go to sleep faster. I think it’s like the light from my phone that makes it harder. Regardless if you do a paperback or an ebook though, I would definitely suggest switching to books and getting off the Pinterest or social media
This blog post turned into a BEAST so I had to break it up into two. Click here to read 10 Ways to Streamline Your Home to Have More Time (for your business) PART 2. Check back on or after 4/17/2018 to check it out.
So there is part one of my 10 things you can streamline at home. I hope that my blogging client will actually make the time to read this, maybe it will help her. If you found some of these tips helpful, comment below and tell me which ones.
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