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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Get More Done Than You Ever Thought Possible

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As a busy single parent, you need practical ways to simplify your life and accomplish everything that you need to do in a given day.  Use these real-life strategies to create time and get more done than you thought possible.

1. Use a Calendar

This is a must-have organizational tool for any single parent trying to run a household, raise kids, and earn a living at the same time.  Get into the habit of adding new events to your calendar daily and checking your calendar each evening to see what's coming up for the next day.  In addition, teach your kids to add their own important events to the family calendar, so that you can stay abreast of projects, school events, and more.

2. Say No

One key word will help you simplify your life this year:  "No."  Whenever someone asks for a commitment of your time and energy - whether it's to go on a date or to take on a new responsibility at work - take the time to think through whether it's something you really want to do and can honestly commit to.  If not, say no!  Don't shy away from telling your kids no, either. You need to set boundaries and maintain your house rules, even when the response isn't a popular one.

3. Use Small Pockets of Time to Accomplish More

Use wait time to get some things done.  For example, unload the dishwasher while you're waiting for your coffee to finish brewing, or pay bills while you're helping your kids with their homework.  Some level of multitasking is necessary, and getting into the habit of doing certain tasks in conjunction can simplify your life.

4. Develop Regular Routines

Routines can also help you get more done in less time.  Create a definitive morning routine, along with an after school routine and a bedtime routine.  Not only will this help you stay on task, it will also teach your kids how and when to pitch in and help.

5. Refuel Your Engines

Finally, don't underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself.  Small things like eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough sleep at night will make a huge difference in how much energy you have.  Similarly, making sure that you've got enough "me time" build in to your schedule will enable you to be the best parent you can be for your kids.

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