Time Saving Tips for Working Parents

Any working parent can confirm that it is extremely difficult to juggle your time and responsibilities when you have both work and family commitments.  Not only can it leave you feeling exhausted, it can also make you feel guilty and as though you are not giving one hundred percent to either set of commitments, thus inducing feelings of guilt.  However, there are ways that you can manage your time better to ensure that you can manage your different commitments and responsibilities to the best of your ability.

Preparation the night before

As with most time management and time saving tips, preparation is the key.  By preparing for the next day the night before, you will avoid being flustered and running late in the mornings.  Try to get uniforms and work clothes ready as well as any additional items that yourself or your children may need the following day.  It can also be helpful to prepare as much of the packed lunches the night before as possible to save you time in the mornings.

Prepare meals in advance

Many working parents find that they are exhausted hen they return from work.  Family responsibilities then add to this exhaustion further.  One of these responsibilities is the preparation of the family meal in the evening.  If working parents are tired following a stressful and difficult day at work and find that they are running short of time, they may often resort to take aways or convenience foods.  This is both unnecessary and unhealthy, as well as being expensive.  One way in which you can save time is too cook several meals in advance.  You can either cook a meal that is large enough to last you that night and the following night, or set aside one evening a week when you prepare your full weeks meals and freeze them so that you can simply remove them from the freezer as and when you need them. 

Share responsibilities

Often it is the case that domestic and family duties fall to one person, regardless of the fact they also work outside the home.  It is important that all family members have chores and that responsibilities are shared, taking the burden off one person.  This is not only the fairest solution, but will also save time as many hands make light work.  Another way of sharing responsibilities and saving time is to set up a rota with other mums for duties such as dropping and collecting children to and from childcare.