As a "Family Home Manager" (snappy title for 'Mom'! lol) I have had a LOT of learning to do over the years in the 'managing' department. The 'mommy' part came easy.
Here is ONE little trick I have learned (I'm sure some of you better managers out there probably already know this.) It's the value of 5 min.
I'm not talking about the big 'multi-tasking', although I am a fan of that too. I am referring to a real time frame of 5 min & focusing all your energy to ONE task for a full 5min.
For example, many times I am waiting for someone to arrive, lets say, so we can make a quick trip to the ribbon store (one of my most favorite places) & then I'm off. Well, sure we are leaving in 5 min so I can't start any big project....or I'm 'on my way out the door' & I'm doing a quick brush of the teeth or hair.
Well, while I am IN the bathroom, I can certainly wipe down a sink. Isn't that tooth paste dribble annoying?
Pick up all the laundry lying next to the hamper & put it IN the hamper.
Toss a load of laundry IN the washer.
Transfer a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer.
I can sweep my front room.
I can clear a table or counter.
I can declutter the mail drop off table.
I can make a bed.
I can do a 10 second tidy of the living room.
I can put clean dishes away.
I can put a stack of clean & folded t-shirts in the drawer.
I can fill a bag w/ miscellaneous, tossable clutter.
I can put the ironing board & iron away.
I can sweep the porch.
Most of these can be accomplished right before you 'run out the door'. Take back your time. It is your time, make the most of it. :) And anyways, it's only 5 min! lol