Muscat Daily

Due to the coro­n­avirus' im­pact on our daily rou­tines, we're jug­gling more than ever. From com­plex school sched­ules, to work­ing and liv­ing in the same place - it can be dif­fi­cult to con­trol what's on our plates. In this en­vi­ron­ment, small steps to im­prove

- Lifestyle · Lifehacks

Use Sun­day to plan the week's meals/ wardrobe

From meal prep to out­fit prep, tak­ing time at the be­gin­ning of the week to plan Mon­day-Fri­day will give you time back. To stay or­gan­ised, con­sider pur­chas­ing five dif­fer­ent colour stick­ers, each to rep­re­sent one day of the week. Af­ter mak­ing five days' worth of lunches or hang­ing up out­fits, stick on the des­ig­nated sticker.

Take steps to im­ple­ment safety

For con­fi­dence and con­trol on the road, up­grade your most crit­i­cal piece of safety equip­ment - your tyres. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, 70% of par­ents are opt­ing to drive their kids to school in­stead of hav­ing them take the bus. Ad­di­tion­ally, 39% of par­ents are prac­tis­ing more car main­te­nance, know­ing they'll be on the roads more.

Utilise clean­ing hacks to save time

In­stead of a cum­ber­some clean­ing ses­sion once a week, clean the house lit­tle by lit­tle. In fact, you can use prod­ucts you have ly­ing around the house in unique ways to limit ad­di­tional trips to the store. For in­stance, pol­ish chrome and stain­less steel fix­tures with shav­ing cream, as rec­om­mended by some, or use bleach pens to eas­ily re­move dirt from grout. By clean­ing up a small amount daily, you'll save time at the week­end and live in a cleaner, health­ier home.

Don't for­get to take care of your­self

With many par­ents and care­givers tak­ing on more roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, it is im­por­tant that they take time for them­selves. It can ap­pear to be con­tra­dic­tory; how­ever, tech­nol­ogy can help with dis­con­nect­ing quickly and eas­ily. Take a walk while lis­ten­ing to a favourite pod­cast, use FaceTime to 'see' a friend or down­load a mind­ful­ness app, which can help your brain stay fo­cused and help dif­fuse stress. Whether it's time you can squeeze in-be­tween daily tasks or an ex­tra hour you take be­fore the rest of the house wakes up, hold your­self ac­count­able to these vir­tual self-ap­point­ments by adding them to your cal­en­dar.

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