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Smarter Mom: Time Management

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This summer has been busy as can be...not so much for my kids (although it is) but for me. Work projects, family obligations, regular household stuff, house and yard feels like I will never catch up on anything, ever.

Clearly, my time management skills need work. About the only thing I truly subscribe to is "worst first"...getting the most heinous task out of the way first so I don't procrastinate on it; I am also queen of the to-do list. I'm watching the ebbs and flows of my energy during the day and planning tasks accordingly: I'm not focused in the morning but have a lot of "go", so that's a good time to get little tasks like sending invoices, throwing in a load of laundry, and the like out of the way. Running errands is good for when the afternoon zone-out hits, and so on. But of course, I tend to procrastinate and that leads to things like me staying up until 1:30 am to hit a deadline, and then my daughter peering at my face today and announcing I have HUGE bags under my eyes.

So, I'm asking you nice ladies: What time management tips work for you? Do you use an electronic system like Google Calendar or iCal, or a paper planner? How do you keep yourself off CafeMom and Facebook? What time management wisdom do you have to share, and how do you use the time you save?

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I can vouche for eyebags too!

Quoting nana9106:

 I am in the same boat as you...eye bags and all! I am anxious to read some of the responses to this post. I need to learn a thing or 2 about time management

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I use my little pocket calendar to keep appts in and it fits in my purse. I also make a daily list the night before. It only takes 5 mins to do.

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I've had 6 daughters...When the older 2 were still home it was the 4 of them that would do the neccessary chores..Now I'm down to 4 and 3 do the chores..My youngest is 5 so she will be starting more chores in a couple more years...(She does help tho now) For everything else lists...

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM
I dont have issues with time management, but hunny tries to do so much some rimes i have to point out it wont work. We are go with the flow people. But i have always started with the most important. Work/school and work around those. Then after school activies. Then dr and other appointments. Then fill in time where you have it. Saying no is also important, if you dont have the time dont make the promise.
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by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

How can you call Castleville stupid? I live for it, lol.

Quoting mom2jessnky:

I don't know...

For appts and things I put it in my iPhone, so I don't double book myself. I always have Cuatro with me so my calendar is always available.

I don't write to-do lists. If you do things as they need doing, it takes 1/10th the time. Everyone is finished with lunch, do the dishes right then. Rinse them off, load them in the dishwasher (or wash them whatever you case may be). If you wait for a full sink, not only will it take longer, but stuff could be all crusted on there and that's gross, PLUS it's just asking (begging really) for a bug problem. 

See something on the floor? Pick it up. Fold laundry right out of the dryer, load by load. Why would anyone let 18 loads build up and over take their house? 1 load at a time = 5 minutes. 18 loads = HOURS of Laundry.

Vacuuming my whole house takes 5 minutes, do it everyday, it's not going to get nasty and require a huge hour long vacuuming extravaganza.

I have MORE than enough time in the day and through people watching over the years, I've determined people just take too long doing things that don't take long.

Give your house one good deep clean, and then spot clean things as they come up, it's 15-20 minutes TOTAL out of your whole day, you'll never have to deep clean again.  People always comment on how clean my house is. That's what I do. I deep clean my house maybe 2x a year (when I change out clothes) all the rest of the year, it's spot cleaning.

The only thing I make a list for is the grocery store. I plan out all the dinners we will have for 2 weeks, and plan what lunches and breakfast will be, make that last and go.

Don't procrastinate about anything, EVER. and yes I do internally struggle with this. But just don't do it. If something needs to be sent, send it now. If something needs to be done ,do it now. I need this by next week, nope you're getting it tomorrow. Do it right away because if you don't you might have something else land in your lap and then you're screwed. What happens if you decide to wait until deadline for that report and then your kids all get sick? Sucks to be you! Should have done it that first day now huh?

If something is going to be pushed to the back burner it needs to be stupid things, like playing Castleville. Allocate responsibilities, have your kids fold and put away their own laundry, have them empty the bathroom trash, pick up their own toys, make their beds. Straighten the shoes by the front door, gather the dirty clothes, etc. All extremely simple. Stuff my kids have been doing for years. Teaches them responsibility, helps you out. Winning!

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

My main time saver is my i phone, I don't know how I lived w/o it. I have all my appointments there, my grocery or any shopping lists, notes to myself, etc. I also plan my route on errand days, starting with the place fartherest from home and working my way back.

by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM
I use my iPhone for reminders.
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by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM
I have an old fashioned pen and paper! I also get up 2 hours before my family to get a lot done. At work on breaks I run errands. When I get home I am free to spend all that time with my kidlets. I also stay up about an hour after them.
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by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I am trying to use my calandar in my phone with a notification to remind me.

by Ruby Member on Jul. 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM

 I am not good at time management.

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