What Can You Do For Better Time Management?
Sometimes it may seem that there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that you need to. So many need to apply some better time management to their day – Simple!
Even though I’m incredibly organised, a huge planner and lover of lists, occasionally the overwhelm becomes too much. It happens to all of us, but some people need more help to focus than others.
And you’ll be thankful you started on the Organisation Wagon! Once you get on, you’ll not want to get off!
- Do you feel the need to be more organized and/or more productive?
- Do you spend your day in a whirl of activity and then wonder why you haven’t accomplished much?
The Result: This leads to a build-up of stress and in turn, affects your relationships with your loved ones.
If this is you, then these time management tips are for you – they’ll help you increase your productivity and stay cool, calm and collected.
It’s important that you develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands of time for study, leisure, work and running your home.
Once we have identified ways in which we can improve the management of our time, we can begin to adjust our routines and patterns of behaviour to reduce any time-related stress in our lives.
We need to learn a few skills for good time management. Setting clear goals, breaking your goals down into micro step, and reviewing your progress towards your goals are covered in Action Planning.
Develop A Regular Routine
The good news is that even the busiest mum can carve out pockets of time from even the craziest day. Whether you use it to work, to care for others or to care for yourself, so much can be achieved in those precious moments.
Getting some ‘you time’ is helpful for everyone, but mums know how to really make the most of them —even 15 minutes has the potential to get so much ticked off your to-do list.
Instead of making a huge to-do list, try making a today list only. This helps you to focus on the top priorities.
My Tips for Better Time Management for Busy Mums
- Are you a multi-tasking aficionado? Trying doing one thing at a time. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when your attention isn’t divided. Staying focused on one thing until it’s complete is a very effective strategy.
- If you don’t get everything on your to-do list finished, start a new list for tomorrow. Put the remaining items in order of importance on this new list. Watch how this one little shift will make a difference. Running a Bullet Journal is a wonderful opportunity to do this.
- Instead of trying to cram everything into one day, try chunking your time. Time-chunking works so much better than having no plan at all.
- If you procrastinate, ask yourself what you’re afraid of. You may be afraid of not being perfect. Once you deal with and fix an underlying issue, you’ll be less likely to put things off until later.
- If you’re a creative, time management can be a challenge. Practice time management skills daily, this is essential to create a new habit.
- Create a schedule for your day, week, and month. When you have an extended plan, even if it’s tentative, it allows you to make the most of your available time and balance your responsibilities throughout the month.
- On your calendar, including all appointments, meetings, tasks, etc. Assign each item a start time and end time. Limiting the time for each item helps you to stay on schedule.
- Reward yourself when you arrive on time or meet a deadline. Rewarding yourself reinforces the positive behaviour so you try to do it more often.
- Get yourself an accountability partner to hold you accountable for your timeliness. You’ll quickly be managing time more effectively.
- Remember your childhood. You didn’t have much say-so about what you did or how you did it. You do now. Weigh your options and the consequences of each one, carefully to make the most of your limited time. You are now in charge!
- Ask yourself, if you’re putting too much effort into one area and not enough on another. Being conscious of the possibility and tracking what you do will help you discover the answer, especially when you test out your suspicions.
- What can you do to maximize your time? Figure out what takes up too much of your time. Create a plan containing several options that enable you to complete the task in less time.
Take a Break!
- Take a break. You don’t have to sit with something endlessly to get it done. Take 5-minute breaks every hour and reset your energy clock.
- Use your commute to work, or waiting for school pick up to your advantage. Meditate, listen to an uplifting audio, add lists or memos to your cell, read emails, and more. When you make the most of the time you have, you’ll have more leisure time to enjoy.
- Promise yourself you won’t start another project until you finish the ones you already have. Make a priority list and complete each one in that order.
- Put a timer on activities, which tend to steal your time. It’s okay to take a break, but it’s not okay to get lost in time.
- Share the tasks with your family. Meet every Sunday and talk around the table about which chores and tasks can be shared out. This is not all on you!
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