If you have kids and those sentiments sound familiar, you’re not alone—more than 80 percent of parents say they frequently feel rushed. Between jobs, school, homework, sports and more, these five tweaks can help you strike a better balance as you try to juggle it all.
1. Master the slow cooker.
Prep your ingredients the night before, refrigerate them in the removable insert, plop it into your slow cooker and hit “start” in the a.m. A hot meal will be waiting for you when the day is done.
2. Create lunch lists.
Sit down with your kids and make a list of different proteins, grains, fruits, veggies and snacks that they enjoy. Use the list as your guide to streamline the lunch-packing process and ensure you’re sending a balanced meal.
3. Tackle chores together.
Involve your family in household responsibilities such as cleaning up after dinner or tidying the house on weekends. You’ll knock them out more quickly and free up time for other activities.
4. Seize the night.
Before the morning gets going, take some time to prep what you can the night before, such as laying out clothes for yourself and your kids and packing backpacks.
5. Let something go.
You might make it to the grocery store tonight, but laundry will have to wait until tomorrow. Maintaining realistic expectations is key for managing a hectic schedule.