Monday, July 14, 2014

Planning Quick Summer Meals

During the school year I was always worried about making a healthy dinner and packing lunches.  The truth is I still need to have this idea in mind.  My family still needs to eat  Right?  So, when I am at the market I walk around looking for ideas for dinner, lunch and snacks.  Usually on Monday morning I make a nutritious hearty vegetable soup and it can sit in the refrigerator all week and be available for a quick warm up.  I stock the cheese drawer with a variety of different cheeses so anyone can make mac and cheese or just a grilled cheese sandwich for a quick lunch. I always have at less two dozen eggs, milk, orange juice and other drinks so there is a choice of things to just grasp and eat.  I make enough chicken and turkey dishes to last as leftovers in case anyone wants some protein.  There are a number of ways to be prepared for mealtime.  If this does not come natural to you start by making a graph and list all the choices of foods your family eats.  If you get struck, visit whole foods and look at their take out section and get ideas from them.  Sometimes I go there and take pictures of the food and go home and cook them.  The idea is to be prepared and make sure your family sees different types of food in the refrigerator so you don't get comments like  "there is nothing to eat."  Remember to take advantage of the summer fruits as an option.  Enjoy and good eating.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer fun July 4th

Just days away from a BBQ or just fun with the family.  My favorite part is having a day off with the family.  So plan early, go shopping for food with your list on your smart phone.  Set the table the night before and put out the platters.  Make some fun easy food and enjoy your day off.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summertime Fun

So excited to see the sun shining and the kids home from school.  Start the summer off by taking your kids out to dinner and pretending you are on vacation.  You will see such a change in their attitude and behavior.  Following that you may find the courage to start making a project list or chore chart and give all family members summer projects (organizing tasks with a different name).  Look around the house for things that you never had time to tackle.  Is it time to clean out a linen closet, photo collection, maybe even the garage?  Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Remember reward your family or group for helping you have fun this summer.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Begin with the End in Mind
This is my favorite habit of Stephen Covey seven habits of Highly effective people.  Each of us of goals and visions.  For me this time of month is constantly thinking about getting ready for Passover and Seder night.
Begin with the end in mind means that by April 14th I want my table set, Seder plate made and I want to have all my cooking and preparations ready.  Also an added bonus of some extra "me time" (manicure  and rest).  In order to have all this done I need to take out my calendar and work backwards to the countdown and prepare my home and menus accordingly.  So today I took some time aside and wrote out my shopping list, menu and decided what to delegate to other family members so my time schedule will work out. Passover  does not have to be a stressful time if you plan and delegate.  Think of what you need to do, what you want to do and how you can divide up the tasks, and chores to have it all done timely.  Start now, slowly and make many lists.  Reward yourself for good work and remember this is a time of celebration and rejoicing with the family.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Secrets to Time Management

When I was in grade school  I had a best friend who use to time my every activity.  She used to time how long it took me to ride my bike to her house, how long it took us to finish baking a cake, play Monopoly etc.  I learned that it was important to keep track of my time.  I still do this practice daily.  It helps me be realistic about how long it takes me to finish a given task.  I would suggest this as a good time-management technique.  Get in the habit of timing yourself, choose your activities wisely and take responsibility for your actions.  If you are always late, stop blaming the traffic and your kids.  Plan ahead and time yourself.  Decide when to say "no" and which activities you want to take on.
Time Management Essentials

It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses.  Can you perform a task on short notice?  Do you need help to choose what is important to do each and every day.  Sit down and write out your most important and urgent task to do each day.  Which ones are realistic and manageable?.  Are you writing too many things on your to-do list?  Can you finish your task and errands on time?   Where should you delegate and when should you just say "no."

Solutions and Suggestions for Good Time Management
Number one solution is to identity your goals and priorities.  What is our mission statement?  What do you want your family to value and respect?  Do you need to de-clutter your space and organize your home in order to have good time management skills?  Is your clutter preventing you from being on time?  Are you wasting time using all the technology the world has set before you?  Should you be texting, answering emails and using social media throughout the day instead of getting things done?  Can you use a planner/calendar to schedule your activities and "to do's"  efficiently?  Start planning and scheduling what is important and meaningful for you each day.