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Once you have performed a time audit and discovered whether you are an owl or a bird, its time to sit down and figure out where you biggest time windows are and how to best use them.
By big windows I mean any stretch of time that is 1 hour or longer, where you are free of interruptions.
These windows will change as your children grow, your spouse changes jobs,or numerous other things change in your family life. The key is to stay flexible.
Windows of uninterrupted time are excellent for working on income producing projects.
For instance right now I have around 2 to 3 hours every morning of uninterrupted time that I use to blog.
My husband is also willing to homeschool the children one day a week and then make dinner that evening giving me another 3 to 4 hours to write.
If you have a baby, nap time might be your window. If you have preschoolers who rise early but also go to bed early then perhaps evening might be your window.
Do your children attend art or music lessons? I have often used this time to squeeze in a bit more work.
To make full use of your windows first you must know what you are going to do with them before they arise.
Keep a list of what you wish to accomplish during your next window going.
That way if one should arise unexpectedly you can make full use of it.
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Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows? (you are here)
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
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Jessica @ Muthering Heights says
Oh to have one of those! I long for the day… 🙂
Jamie @ Medium Sized Family says
Great point! I have finally hit the point this year where 4 of my kids are in school and my one baby at home still naps. So I am trying to be intentional about accomplishing goals during his nap time (even on days when I really just want to binge watch Netflix!).