Some days I'm convinced that the secret of efficiency is a little planning.
When I spend my days reacting to circumstances, I run in circles. Of course, a lot of a mom's life is going to require a lot of reacting to circumstances. The dirty diaper, the spilled milk, the weeping child. But sometimes a little planning could spare me much frustration.
I'm going to share the success of today - only if you don't get some false idea that every day is like today.
Today is worth mentioning because it is unusual. Today I did do a good job of planning. And I'll be able to enjoy the results for days to come.
I have three children approaching birthdays. Birthdays can put me in a bad mood. I don't do birthday cakes well. The grand idea I have in my head rarely translates well into butter, flour, and frosting. It doesn't help when I begin too late and attempt to frost a warm cake. Add in an extra trip to the grocery store for a forgotten item, and then repeating the scenario for a couple more birthdays within a few days and I turn grumpy.
I wanted this year to be different.
It began with Saturday. I actually searched my pantry for cake ingredients before going to the grocery store and acquired all needed ingredients.
Or actually maybe it began earlier in the week when I asked the children what kind of cake they wanted this year. And wrote it down.
This morning my phone rang early. A friend from church had heard that we had all been sick last week, and are still in recovery mode this week, and wanted to know if she could help. What a way to brighten a Monday. I didn't know what to tell her to do, so she said that she would bring over our supper. What a blessing.
Now I had my meal planned and an empty afternoon. How about baking cake?
I pulled out my ingredients, cake pans, and cookbooks. I started with an angel food cake, because it required a clean bowl. I kept throwing ingredients into that same bowl and sliding cakes into the oven. Two hours later, four cakes are cooling on the counter. Sure I had some messy dishes on the counter, but not nearly as many if I had done each cake on different days. I plan to freeze the cakes, making them easier to frost.
Birthdays are already looking a whole lot more manageable.
What are ways you have found that a little prior planning saved you hours of time?