Every working parent knows there are never enough hours in a day, and time management can be near impossible at times. That's why we've come up with some good tips to help you get the most out of your time, especially when you only have 15 minutes to do something productive. Here are some of the things you can accomplish to make your life easier, in just 15 minutes.
Get Some Fresh Air: Depending on your body weight and walking speed, you can burn anywhere from 40 - 150 calories with only 15 minutes of walking.
Perform Meditation or Yoga: Health studies prove that meditation or yoga can lower stress, clear your mind, and better your health and productivity in the workplace. To learn proper meditation techniques, we recommend Meditation 101 and for yoga, try Top 10 Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners.
Reorganize your Desk: A clean and organized work area will make work more enjoyable and less frustrating. Try removing everything from the top of your desk and wipe everything down with sanitizing wipes, including your keyboard, mouse and monitor. Once finished, only place essential items on the top of your desk and other items either in the trash or in desk drawers.
Plan Meals Ahead: Plan your daily dinner menu for next week and start your grocery shopping list. For a wide selection of recipe ideas, you can try FoodNetwork.com
Build your Reading List: Begin or add to a list of books you want to read in the future. This way, when you do have time to read, you don't have to spend time deciding what book to choose. Try setting up an account on GoodReads.com where they find books for you based on what you read and liked in the past.
Clean your Inbox: Create folders, delete spam and categorize all of your emails. This will save you time in the future when you're searching for a certain message. A good way to monitor is to keep your inbox less than 50 emails at all times.
Community Events & Volunteering: Spend some time to research community events such as charity 5K's or festival fundraising in your area where you and your family can participate together.
Stay in Touch: Write a note to someone important in your life such as a thank you, appreciation, or just to say "hi." You can also use this time to write lunch notes for your children to send to school for the next few days.
Clean Out Your Purse/Wallet: Gather loose change, file or trash receipts and go through credit cards & loyalty cards. *Another fun tip, if you hate carrying around all of those different loyalty cards and can never find them when you need them, download the "Keyring" app on your phone and upload all of cards for easy access and organization.