What I Learned from Leftovers

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I love leftovers. As a stay-at-home mom, wife and professional blogger, time is not on my side. I’m a fan of quick, home cooked meals. But with time rooting for the other team, it’s impossible to cook every single evening. To solve my food prep dilemma, I initially cook enough for a dish to last two or three days. Are you taking a lesson from leftovers?

If you’re like me, you’re busy. You have to juggle the time you spend with your kids, your husband and your profession. In my household, family comes before work. That means under normal circumstances, I won’t skip dinner time with the family or a family exercise workout for a job. So when I have a two-hour naptime block of time to myself, I use it wisely. I blog enough posts for the week and peruse what other bloggers are writing about.

Our hectic family life frequently leaves me with just enough time to heat leftovers in the oven. Just the same, my weekly schedule may only permit me enough time to check and answer e-mail. But, because I worked ahead, I don’t fall behind.

Try mapping out your plans for the week. Include business assignments, family outings, household chores and the much-needed down time. When you spot that magical block of time, utilize it to the fullest. If that time does not appear, see if you can create it, perhaps doing work before the kids wake up for school. Don’t be too rigid with your schedule because, as you know, life is unpredictable.

To me, leftover food tastes just as good, sometimes better, as it did when it was fresh. Work ahead of the game, and your plate will always be full.

This has been a guest post by Terez Howard. Terez operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility. She regularly blogs at freelancewritingmamas.com.

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4 thoughts on “What I Learned from Leftovers

  1. I like leftovers too, and I enjoyed reading this post!

    I love this line “When you spot that magical block of time, utilize it to the fullest”. Today’s modern woman’s hands are always full, but it’s amazing how much she can accomplish even though she feels she has not done enough! I work for an eco-clothing line for women and aside from selling clothes, we also want to help today’s busy woman live greener, healthier and happier. I’d like to share this quote in our social networks (giving you credit or course) — I’m sure a lot of women out there will love it! 🙂
    .-= Zee @GreenBlossoms´s last blog ..Los Angeles Earth Day 2010 events =-.

  2. I map out my weeks and days to stay organized and minimize stress. I prioritize my to-do list and focus on getting through as much as I can, realizing some things can carry forward. The feeling I want to have at the end of the day is one of accomplishment -knowing I put in 100% to get things done. I’ve learned not to stress out about things I can’t get done. Life is too short to always be worried about your to-do list!

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