If you've ever felt overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done or you never seem to have enough time to do what you want and are rushing around from task to task, you probably are living a stressful life. Adding to your stress may be finding time for household chores while trying to carve out quality time to spend with your family. Because time spent together as a family is important these time saving suggestions that you can do as a family will help to put a little leisure time back into your life and add more quality time together.
Do you find that you are always the one doing household chores? If so, it is time to learn to delegate. Make a list of the chores that need to be done and assign each family member a couple of them. The time invested in teaching everyone how to do the chores correctly is well worth the extra time it will give you to spend together doing something fun. No matter what age, there is an appropriate chore so that everyone is included. Sharing household chores teaches everyone how important it is to help out around the house and the reward is more time to spend together. Create a weekly or monthly chore chart with who is assigned each task and display it in some small metal picture frames so each person knows their responsibility.
Some people brag about how well they multi-task, but actually they are not saving time. When you focus your attention on one task at a time you accomplish more in a shorter amount of time and you are more efficient. Complete one task before starting another and you will find you get more done in less time.
Keep a Family Calendar
A family calendar is a great way to get organized and save time. Poor planning wastes time so use the family calendar to eliminate unnecessary trips in the car or missed events. The family calendar should list each family member's schedule so everyone knows at a glance where everyone else needs to be and if trips can be combined. Consider placing the calendar and a cork board in a set of picture frames so they'll look neat on the wall and keep you organized. You might also consider putting a large envelope next to the calendar to hold any paperwork that is important to each person's schedules.
Don't Forget Leisure Time
Now that you have delegated those household chores and implemented other time saving strategies, reward your family. Plan a fun activity with the time saved - a short vacation, a hike in the woods or a picnic in the park. No matter what activity you choose, capture the fun in a photo or two. When you display those smiling faces in picture frames and place them throughout your home, everyone will remember the fun they had and how they contributed to make that activity possible. They just may be more willing to try other time saving methods so there are more fun free time family activities.
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