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3 Ways To Streamline Your Life

Play is more fun than workouts!

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in chaos. Nothing ever seems to get done, and there are never enough hours in the day to complete my to-do list. So when Megan Flatt offered up a guest post on how busy women can streamline their lives, I just had to say yes. A resounding yes. Because anything that makes my life easier or makes me more effective at getting things done (so I have more time to relax or work out or hang with my kids)? Well, I’ll try it. Megan is also offering an upcoming weeklong workshop that I’ve already signed up for. Sure, I don’t have the time for it. But maybe, like she says below, I need to invest a little time to save a little time! —Erin

It seems like each “season” we talk about how busy that particular time of year is, right?

I am definitely feeling the rush of the back-to-school need-to-dos. But it also seem like summer was busy this year and, of course, the holidays are just around the corner, and we know that is a crazy time of year.

I think the fact is, we are all busy … a lot of the time.

I don’t think being busy is all bad. We had a fantastic summer of family adventures, date nights, camp and playdates. I think it gets hectic with all the things we must do and all the things we would like to do.

I try to find more and more ways I can streamline the “must dos” (like laundry) so that I have more time for the “want tos” (like the zoo!). Here are a few of my favorite tips!

3 Ways To Streamline Your Life


Taking a moment to plan ahead may save time in the long run! Credit: taylor.a

1. Bunch like tasks together. A friend recently told me she made eight back-and-forth trips to her house one day. The first to drop the kids off at school, the second to go back to school with a forgotten item, then back to the house to get herself ready, then out to meet a friend, then out to the store, then out to pick up the kids … you get the idea.

Take some time in the evening to strategically plan your next day, especially when it comes to running errands. I try to make a mental inventory (actually, I’m a list-making junkie, so I actually write this down) of what other services are near the places I need to go on a regular basis. Where is the closest gas station to your children’s school? What else is in the same parking lot of your favorite grocery store? Where can your husband stop on his way home from work?

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