While the “It Mom” often appears as though she can do anything and everything and still look flawless doing it, the truth is that we all need help getting things done sometimes. Most days, there simply aren't enough hours in the day for all of us to do everything we want and need to. This is where delegation comes in.
If you have more tasks to do than you have time to do them, delegate some of them to others. This will not only make your life easier and less stressful, but it can even help you feel closer to the people you depend on to get things done. Not sure what to delegate? Here are five tasks you do every single day that you could delegate.
1. Getting the Kids Ready for Bed
If you generally get the kids ready for bed by yourself each night, ask your husband or partner if he might like to help get the children ready for bed sometimes. This will allow them to bond while you get alone time to work or relax–whatever you need. The help doesn't have to stop there, either. Chances are, he can do anything you can do. He can feed the children, take them to the park or help them with their homework as well. Whatever you need.
2. Cleaning Up After Your Family
If you are in the habit of cleaning up after your children every day, now is the time to start teaching them to clean up after themselves. Children as young as a year old can start learning to help pick up after themselves, and by the time they are in school, they should be able to do so pretty independently. Teach your whole family to clean up their own messes, and you won't know what to do with all the extra time you have on your hands.
3. Meal Planning
Meal planning is a fantastic way to save money at the grocery store and to save yourself trips to the store throughout the week, but the process of sitting down to make out your weekly menu can be time consuming. Instead of making your own meal plan each week, why not delegate the task to a meal planning app instead? You pick a few dishes you like, and the app will create your menu and grocery list for you!
I love cooking as much as the next person, but that doesn't mean that I want to spend hours cooking every night. Delegate this task by giving in and getting take-out every once in a while. If you are really ambitious, you could even set up a meal swap among friends. This way, you can still get yummy and delicious dinners, but you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen every night.
A cleaning lady might seem like a frivolous expense, but when you are seriously short on time, hiring one can be a lifesaver. Don't think of it in terms of how much she will cost. Instead, think about the priceless memories you'll be able to make with your family when you aren't busy cleaning all weekend long.
If you are trying to do it all yourself, stop. There's no reason to. Create the time to do the things you love and rejuvenate your soul by delegating these five tasks. You'll work more efficiently, find life more enjoyable and be more pleasant to be around as a result.
What tasks could you delegate to find more time?