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

Tricks to Improve Promptness

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If you were to list my pet peeves, people being late would be in the top 5, definitely. Here are some of my best strategies for being prompt.

It’s said that being chronically tardy is a sign of an optimistic person. You think that there will be no traffic, no getting lost, and no little bumps of life along the way to make you late. However, as the person who is stuck standing around waiting I wish that others were a little less optimistic. Of course, there are minor emergencies that you simply can’t foresee, but for the most part, a little foresight can ensure that you are prompt most of the time. Here are some ideas that have helped me.

  • If you’re not a morning person, be sure to pick out your clothing the night before, just like when you were a kid. It may seem a little juvenile, but if it gets you out the door a little faster, so be it! For those of us with kids, be sure to pick out their clothing the night before as well. Depending on the age of your child they can probably get themselves changed; if your child is 4+ they should be able to get changed into their clothes with minimal help. This will save you a TON of time in the morning.
  • Use Apps. There are many many apps that deal with time management and alarms. I have 2 alarms set to wake up in the morning, an alarm to remind me to pick up my daughter at school, and another alarm to remind me when my oldest comes home on the bus. If you have multiple kids or multiple activities that you need to attend, then a time management app is a must.
  • Trick yourself. This is the oldest trick in the book, but set all of your clocks 10 minutes ahead. Do your best to forget that you have set them 10 minutes ahead, and try not to mentally “add 10 minutes” when you look to see what the time is on the clock. It may or may not work, but at least you made an effort!
  • Let your clock outrun you. Of course, you could always get this silly alarm clock that rolls away from you in the morning. No more snooze buttons for you!

I hope that this blog on time management was helpful for you. Good luck!

Love, DawnBlogtopus