Right now I'm on maternity leave so work is on the back burner for now. That being said, I still have a lot going on throughout the day.
It is rare that I am only doing one thing at a time and that helps me do the "extra" things I like to do. I like to read blogs and my social media, so I will do that while I'm nursing Q. I like to read books, so I'll do that while I'm waiting in line or in the car for something. I listen to podcasts while I'm walking to do errands. I work on my blogs while watching TV. I like to cook and bake so I do those things with my kids as an activity - quality time and something yummy to eat, all in one.
I plan things, like trips and parties, out long in advance. It helps me to get everything figured out so I only have to think about it once. Thinking about something once also saves time. I can spend a few minutes planning our meals for the week, and making a grocery list, and then I save time each day.
I am constantly making lists. I have a running to do list on my phone and I'll add everything to it that I need to get done that day. It helps to keep me on track so when I find myself with a spare minute I can refer to my list and get something else done.
When I am working, I try to leave all of my work at the office. When I get home, my phone usually stays in my bag until the kids go to bed. I may answer some work emails at that time, but typically I wait until I get back to the office the next morning.
My secret weapon in getting stuff done is this guy:
We take turns putting E to bed (although he has been doing it more often since Q came along), he picks up and drops off E at school a lot of time, he cleans up, makes meals, and keeps our finances and home renovations organized.
Speaking of Dave, it is his birthday today!! I see some tacos and ice cream cake in our future for tonight. A few gifts and a Raptors basketball game tomorrow :) Happy Birthday to our favourite guy!