Before Breakfast - Second Cup: Batch your weekend chores

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Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast today tip is to batch your weekend chores. So you can enjoy your days off guilt-free after years of writing and talking about time management. I've realized that I hear some of the same complaints over and over again at work. People are meant that they spend so much time dealing with her in boxes that they never have time for deep work or strategic thinking at home people feel like they spend their entire weekends trying to get caught up with chores. And so they never have time for fun.

All these complaints theme different I eventually realized that they were getting at the exact same issue.

Some activities expand to fill all available space and just if you will never get and stay at inbox zero, you will never arrive at a perfectly clean house. That won't Then Fall prey to toys junk mail and dirty dishes email and housework will both take any amount of time you give them

That means that any hacks design to less than impact are going to be of limited use and yes, you can write shorter emails. He probably should you could even write K instead of okay and your emails and yes, you can develop a system for emptying the dishwasher that makes it take 5 minutes instead of 7 Minutes awesome, but fundamentally, the only way to make these activities take less time is to choose to give them less time.

The good news that was that this approach does work has managed to convince people to limit themselves to 324 email checks per day done at certain times. They do in fact spend less time on email and I think chores our best approach the same way. That's them and designate certain times when chores aren't always options. Then you can enjoy the rest of your time without feeling guilty.

Here's how this can work spend some time today thinking about the chores and errands. You normally do over the weekend be judicious what truly needs to happen. And what's not critical. Well, you might need clean clothes for the week. You probably don't need to wax your floors or you might need to go grocery shopping. You don't need to cook all your meals for the week ahead of time choose to make simple meals that you can whip up in 15 to 20 minutes on weeknights instead.

Now estimate how long these tests will take and what can overlap?

If all household members participate how much time would it take to get through these things? Perhaps one party could switch clothes from the washer to the dryer and run the vacuum, but someone else goes to the grocery store and drops off the dry cleaning.

Once you figured out a rough window designate a block of time in which you will do almost all of these things. For instance. Maybe you decide that from 10 to 12 on Saturday morning. You will do the book of these weekend activities.

Make sure this is a time everyone can participate make a game plan.

Then assess what things will need to happen outside the window.

Ideally, not too much.

If you got a reasonably sized family, you'll still need to do some dishes and empty the dishwasher on Sunday. Even if Saturday from 10 to 12 is the official chores and errands time and perhaps the laundry that was washed Saturday during this window is still in the dryer outside the window and might need to be put away but make sure to prevent scope creep if one party is assigned to pick up and vacuum the basement play from 10 to 12 on Saturday. And this is in fact on then do not go redo it on Sunday just because there are toys out. Of course, there are toys out it's a playroom. That's what happens. If so what no one is going to come around at 11 p.m. Sunday night to give you demerit for having toys on the floor.

So just let it be and relax and have a glass of wine and said there was a time for picking up the playroom and now is not that time if you start thinking this way, I promise your weekends will start feeling much better.

Do you designate a time for weekend chores? If so, I'd love to hear about it. You can email me at before breakfast podcast at

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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