This has been a crazy busy time for us at the mini mansion. It is no bloody wonder when I collapse into bed at night I literally go comatose until the alarm goes off.
The company I've been working at through the temp agency has offered me a permanent position in their accounting department. Right now their need is for full time plus, meaning I'll have the opportunity for a lot of overtime. It also means I'll have to be careful not to get myself back into that all too familiar mode of working long hours at the expense of my home, family, friends and myself.
This past week was a true test of just that as I worked longer hours to get a miserable project completed in time for a deadline. Fortunately my girls are old enough to be of more help at home which made a huge difference compared to times past. The only thing that really got neglected was the laundry which the youngest and I managed to get all done in a surprisingly short amount of time on Saturday morning.
We typically work throughout the week to keep our house up and meals prepared. Last time I was working full time we would use one Friday night a month as our big grocery shopping night and then a couple weeks later a smaller shopping trip to fill in with fresh milk and produce. I think we will be going back to that routine as well.
My goal is for our weekends to not be filled with chores and catching up on all the things we didn't get done during the week, which is how things used to be. They need to be relaxing and fun filled. I also want to throw in the occasional day trip and other things like picnics, bike rides and movies. We need to do more fun stuff.
Another thing I'm going to try to do is prepare more freeze ahead items for meal preparations. Right now I've got one container of Taco soup and some cooked beans. I need to add other elements to help us with meal preparation on a busy week night. I also need to add some things the girls can easily fix for lunches while I'm at work during the summer.
The biggest thing for me is to not get too caught up in my job and keep my focus on the other important areas of my life. All things in moderation.
How are some ways you save time and energy when things get busy?