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

Life Too Busy?

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Is your life extra busy? Here are some suggestions on how to chill out and get the most out of your time.

If you have kids, especially more than one, you are probably in the car for about 20% of your time each week. They kids need to be taken to school, playdates, the library, sports, etc. Not only that, you are probably doing their laundry, cleaning the house, and then cooking dinner. That isn’t even including if you have a full-time job! It’s important to stay calm even when you feel like you don’t have a moment for yourself. Here are some ideas to keep you sane.

Keep a Tight Schedule

One of the most important ways to maximize your time is to have a set schedule. You obviously know when you need to drop-off/pick-up the kids, but what about all of the extra-curricular activities that they participate in? How about the re-occurring doctor’s appointments?  Try to schedule your errands such as Target runs, grocery shopping, and the gym on the same days each week as well. It might not give you extra free time, but at least you know what you have on your plate for the upcoming week, and you might even be able to schedule yourself some “me time” in there somewhere.

“Me Time” is Important

It’s easy to get burned out when you have a full schedule, especially if most of the things on your schedule are doing things for other people. You need to schedule in some down time in your calendar as well. Getting through a crazy week is much easier if you know that you know that you are going to have a few hours of “me time” on Sunday afternoon. If you aren’t able to schedule yourself a large chunk of time every week, try scheduling in smaller half-hour bites of time every day.

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