Human Resources

Time-Saving Tips for Your Household


Many working adults struggle to find a healthy balance between family and work responsibilities. It’s important to learn to effectively manage time at home, so you can spend more quality time with family members and lead a less stressful, more enjoyable life. Follow these 10 time-management tips and you’ll be on your way a healthy, well balanced life:

Have children and your partner help out around the house. Make a list of household chores and see who prefers to do what. Keep the list in a highly visible place to keep everyone on task.

Have children collect schoolwork and pack their bags the night before school. This will save an early morning rush and help everyone have less stress. You can also pack the night before; pack your briefcase or lap top bag and place it in the car or by the door before you go to bed.

Make meals ahead of time and freeze them. When making a favorite food, make a double portion, and freeze that portion to use later on. You can also freeze soups, sandwiches, and other foods to make quick meals when dinner is running late.

If children are not old enough, hire an older neighborhood child to do yard work. Explain to them exactly what the job entails.

Buy holiday gifts and cards in advance. Mark when to send them in your calendar.

Ask older children to plan and prepare one meal a week. Invite them to be creative and use cookbooks. Have them shop for ingredients on their own, or help them pick ingredients out.

Leave your to-do list in a place where you can see it. On your work break, see which items you have yet to do. Cross off completed items so you can get an idea of what you’ve already accomplished.

Plan for emergencies. Keep extra keys in a secret location or with a neighbor. Compile a list of doctors, relatives, backup babysitters, and other important numbers. Place a copy of the list in your wallet and leave a copy by the phone.

See if other families in your community are interested in carpooling to school, after-school events, or sports practices.

When you receive a bill, put it in a special file or folder. Mark a day to pay the bills each month, and pay all the bills that day.