Strategies and Tips for Time Management

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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!

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Read About Living as an With Adult ADHD

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WHen you think about ADHD most people think of children. However, Approximately 5% of Adults in the USA have ADHD.

An easy to understand explanation of ADHD is “ADHD is a neurological disorder associated with a pattern of excessive inactivity in the frontal lobes of the brain. It is characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.” The symptoms include an inability to focus, being easily distracted, hyperactivity, poor organization skills, and impulsiveness. Not everyone who has ADHD has all these symptoms.

As an adult living with ADHD I can attest to most of those symptoms describing me to a “T.” There are three basic types of ADHD: Hyperactive-Impulsive type, Inattentive, and Combination. The only symptom on that list that doesn’t personally describe me would be the hyperactivity. I have the Inattentive variety.

What’s Wrong With Me?

My whole life I thought that there was something seriously wrong with my brain. Things that came easy to other people such as remembering a list of 2 or 3 items, grabbing the leftovers that were just packed up for me at a restaurant, putting shoes on my child before we left the house…The list goes on. Yes, those are actual examples, and things like that would happen pretty much daily. There were also many other smaller things such as having something in my hand at home, then somehow losing it, and never finding it again.

I had no idea that I had ADHD until my oldest son was diagnosed when he was 7 years old. It became clear as I was present in the room when the doctor was administering the evaluation. As it went on I recognized so many of the markers of the condition in myself that it astounded me. Later that day I called my doctor that day to request an evaluation. The doctor referred me to a psychiatrist, and I made an appointment.

Diagnosed

The appointment went as I figured it would go after watching my son’s evaluation. I left the appointment with a prescription for Ritalin in hand, and hope for the future.

The next day I filled the prescription, and my life changed. After I took the medication it was like a whole new part of my brain was opened up. The same day  I realized how awful my life was before, like I had a layer of plastic over me, and everything was hazy and slippery. With the medication it was like the plastic was peeled off, and I could breathe. I always felt like I was a little different than other people, half a step behind everyone. After just one day I felt like I always imagined everyone else felt. It was amazing.

I hope that this article gave you a little window into the mind of an adult living with inattentive ADHD. Thanks for reading. If you’re looking for something else to read, check out my article about Inspiration.

Love, DawnBlogtopus