Here are 3 easy ways a busy working mom in S’pore makes the most of her day

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Ever since I became a mother, there never seems to be enough hours in a day.

As other parents may tell, keeping the house in order, caring for a baby, and having a full-time job are extremely time-consuming.

Luckily, I’ve come up with a “trick” to maximize my time and make the most of every day.

As working adults, many of us tend to devote our weekdays to work and leave errands and all the other “life things” for the weekend.

While this may seem normal to do, I’ve come to realize that a conscious effort to make full use of my weekdays can make a world of difference to my productivity levels.

If you’re wondering how, here are three easy ways I make the most of every day.

1. Finding Time to Exercise

To stay fit, I’ve made it my personal goal to exercise at least three times a week.

Seems easy enough right? No.

By the time I finish work, bathe my baby, put her to bed and prepare dinner, I find myself lying on my bed instead of exercising and I’m sure I’m not alone.

I’d tell myself I’ll be working out at the end of the week, but when Friday rolls around, my weekends would be filled with meeting friends and family or running errands.

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Since I changed my mindset, I realized that I could maximize my weekdays by doing a quick workout every morning before work.

I started doing 10 to 20 minutes YouTube workouts every morning that were not only efficient but effective.

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Pro tip: I made sure I could do them at home and only needed basic equipment.

I’ve managed to stick to my workout routine regularly and it makes me feel more energized and ready to start the day.

2. Spending time with friends and family

I used to make plans with friends and family only on weekends.

As a result, my weekends were packed with things to do and I found myself always rushing.

Instead of stuffing everything over the weekend, I now arrange meetings with friends and family during the week.

What used to keep me from doing this was the thought that I wouldn’t have enough time after work.

However, I’ve included some easy (and seemingly obvious) ways to make these plans fit seamlessly into my weekday:

  • Schedule meetings with friends near the office or home to save travel time
  • Plan weekday dinners with the in-laws or parent and order to save time preparing and clearing food

This allowed me to free up my weekends a bit more, and it allowed me to spend more quality time with my husband and baby.

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3. Save time shopping and grocery shopping

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If you’re someone who feels like there’s always something you forgot to buy at the grocery store, you’re not alone.

“There is no more detergent.”

“Oops, we ran out of toilet paper.”

“Our baby is out of diapers!!!”

‘Wait, didn’t we buy bread a few days ago? Did you eat everything?”

I’m not kidding you, these are real conversations I’ve had with my husband over the past two weeks.

With an overactive baby and a hangry man at home, without detergent, toilet paper, diapers and bread are miserable conditions to be in.

The worst part is that these things happen on a weeknight once we get home, and the last thing we want to do is run to the grocery store with a sleepy and cranky baby in tow.

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Fortunately, pandamart has become an affordable and convenient way for my husband and I to stock up on groceries and other essentials.

Besides saving valuable time by skipping the supermarket queues, we now don’t have to lug home heavy and bulky items such as diapers and milk powder.

Plus, there are a whole host of deals to get the most bang for your buck, such as one-on-one deals, daily flash sales from 2pm-5pm, and up to 50 percent off select items every week.

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Good news, the above offers are available from now until August 28th and apply to categories such as alcohol, ice cream, snacks and meat.

Perhaps the most important thing is that we can get our groceries as fast as 30 minutes no matter what time of day (it’s open 24/7!) – a lifesaver when we get something we need urgently for our baby.

With so many categories and items to choose from, you’ll almost certainly find what you need on pandamart:

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From now until August 31, the monthly pandapro subscription will cost just S$0.10.

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If you want to save precious time on groceries, check out pandamart here.

This sponsored article in collaboration with foodpanda made the writer love pandam art even more.