4. Simplify food shopping.
I designed an Excel spreadsheet based on the aisles of my local supermarket and hung it on the refrigerator. Whenever we were out of something, any family member could mark it on the sheet, then each week, I’d simply go up and down the aisles and pick up what we needed. If you prefer more modern technology, there are apps that you can use that do similar things and will even provide delivery.
5. Make it the kids’ problem.
If you have a chore you’re not crazy about, involve one of your kids and try to make it a game.
6. Power nap, if you can.
I used to do the late carpool from religious school and I purposely got there 10 minutes early, so I could take a quick nap. Those 10 minutes gave me the extra energy I needed to be able to play with my kids, even after a long day in the office.
7. Find your village.
Network with other parents and see if you can make some trades for tasks or childcare.
8. Create a master packing checklist for traveling.
I often forget something like a hair clip or a phone charger, so the list helps me avoid a missed item and saves me time.
9. Share a digital calendar with your spouse.
A friend of mine claimed this is the only way she and her partner know who has what when, when schools are closed, if they need to juggle pick-up/drop-off schedules, or if they need to call in reinforcements!