If you’re a busy mom it’s understandable that you can’t fit everything into one day. Here are some strategies and tips to help manage your time.
Between the kids, housework, shopping, cooking, and not to mention if you have a job outside the home it’s hard to fit everything into 24 hours. Personally, I have a long list of hobbies including sewing, reading, crafting, writing, learning GIMP, and more – but forget it! I just don’t have time for hobbies with 3 little kids. I have enough trouble trying to stay on top of the basics. With that said, though, I am handling the basics much better that before, and I’ll tell you how.
Identify the Time Sucks
Once you figure out what is taking up your time then you can take steps to correct it. Strategies for time management definitely requires you to make lists to figure things out. This might not be true for everyone, but in my case there’s not one big thing that takes up my time, but many, many little things that take a few minutes. Once you add up all of those 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, though, it turns into hours. I’ll put my list below, what’s on your list?
I have thought about what affects me, and the list that I have come up with is:
- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram
- The baby acting like a baby (spoiled!)
- Not being organized enough
- Not making to-do lists daily
- Checking my email…Which somehow ends up with me watching YouTube videos…
- General distractions
Your list of time management time sucks might be similar to mine or completely different. The way to go about solving these problems is on a case-by-case basis, but once you have figured out what the problems are you can at least be more aware of them as they are happening.
My Strategies and Tips for Time Management Solutions
- Make a “To Do” list every day with the most important things at the top.
- Plug my phone into the charger and try not to pick it up unless it’s ringing.
- Try to get as much housework and blogging done as I can when the baby is napping.
- When checking my email I give myself a little break after – 15 minutes only. I set a timer.
- After completing either 1 big thing or 3 small things on my To Do list I give myself a 15-minute break (with timer set.)
I hope that you found this article on strategies and tips for time management. These strategies can also be helpful if you have been diagnosed with ADHD. If you’re interested in learning more about being an adult with ADHD check out my blog post, just click the link!