Mar 082014
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These time management tips are sponsored by Domino Sugar and the Mom It Forward network. All thoughts and words are my own.

Waking up is much easier for me now than it was when I was growing up or in college.  I’ve always been a night owl, preferring to sleep in versus going to bed early.  This lead to some hectic mornings when I would try to rush around and get ready for school, class, work, or anything else.

Time Management Tips for a Frenzy Free Morning #FlipTopFrenzyFree

While I do better now, I can only imagine that things will err on the hectic side once again once Bubbles is old enough to start school.  In order to help things along then, I’m doing what I can now to incorporate some time management tips.  I figure if we practice our skills and get on a schedule, it will be an easier transition.

Time Management Tips

  • Pick up the night before.  While I sometimes find it easier to do in the quiet of the morning before Bubbles gets up, once she starts school, she’ll be up early, too.  I don’t need to spend the extra time trying to find a missing Dixie dog among the clutter.
  • Layout tomorrow’s outfit tonight.  Choose what everyone is going to wear and lay it out before bed.  Because kids can sometimes change their minds on a whim, I actually suggest having kids pick out two different options so they still feel like they’re making choices in the morning.
  • Make a list.  For kids that are old enough to do tasks themselves, create a chart (either using photos or words) of what needs to be accomplished each morning.  For example, they can pick up their rooms, brush their teeth, get dressed, bring their backpack to the table, etc. and then check off (or use a sticker) to show they’ve completed each action.
  • Everything has a home.  If you know where to find it, you won’t have to look for it.  Give each child their own hook for backpacks, jackets, etc. plus a bin for permission slips, homework, etc.
  • Prep your breakfast routine.  I actually wash and put my coffee mug under the spout of my coffee maker after I’m done with it for the day.  Trying to wash and find something when I’m bleary-eyed in the morning isn’t going to get me off to the best start.

Time Management Tips for a Frenzy Free Morning #FlipTopFrenzyFree

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What are your best time management tips?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  19 Responses to “Time Management Tips for a Frenzy Free Morning”

  1. My absolute best tip is NOT original, since you mentioned it – but it is to lay out my clothes the night before…every time I don’t do it, I regret it. I also pack my lunch the night before so all I have to do is grab and go. It is amazing how a good morning can just set you up for the rest of the day – and the opposite – a bad one can just cast a bad spell on everything else.

  2. My best tip is to get up early! Don’t hit that snooze! It’s amazing what an extra 10 or 15 minutes can do for your time management!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  3. I meal plan. It saves time staring into the cupboards and you can be prepared by having all the ingredients on hand

  4. I have different tote bags for events we go to often. ..library, pool, church etc…that way everything we need to bring is in one place and we can just grab it on the way out the door.

  5. Lists. I really need to make more lists.

  6. I absolutely love this new flip top sugar bottle. We always buy the huge tub of Domino sugar and leave that out by our Keurig, but it takes up so much room, and it is a bit inconvenient. This would take up way less room on the counter and would be so easy to pour into our coffee.

  7. Picking up the night before is a good one especially in the kitchen. If I can wake up and the dishwasher is full of clean dishes and not scattered on the counters it is helpful.

  8. My best tip is to get everything possible ready the night before! We lay out clothes, pack lunches (at least everything that doesn’t have to be refrigerated and those that do are stacked together in the fridge to make grabbing them in the morning easy) and get school work all put away.

  9. Usually my kids have about half an hour after school before we have to head out to sports or whatever they are enrolled in at the time.
    I bring a snack to the bus stop so they can eat it on the way home. =) It also eliminates the five minutes of arguing of who got more than the other or who got to chose the snack first and the taking five minutes deciding what they want.
    Spares time so they can do their homework before we go and a prevents a headache for me.

  10. I do as much as I can the night before. Helps to not feel so rushed.

  11. I try to have as much as possible for dinner prepped in advance to make dinnertime easy and stress-free.

  12. I set up the coffee maker and set the table for breakfast before going to bed.
    Thank you!

  13. I prepare everything the night before, clothes and kids lunch for school.

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