Practicing good time management is not easy for me, but I think it's really important for any mom to master. Though I'm really great at multi-tasking and meeting deadlines, I'm really bad at managing my non-work time. I'm the kind of person who is always a little late getting places, even though I'm constantly pressing to be on time. How does that happen? Poor time management. But I've picked up some easy tips recently to help make things easier and run more smoothly, and make better use of all the time each day offers so that life can become a little more fun, less rushed and better managed.
First, get organized and plan ahead. If getting out the door every morning is a struggle for your family as it is for mine, rethink how you get ready the night before or on the weekends, and plan ahead to make it easier and faster however you can. Keep your keys and coats in the same place to find them fast. Set your alarms earlier, set your coffee machine up the night before, prepack any lunch and snack foods you can, set out outfits the night before, hire a dog walker for extra busy days, etc. There are a million things that can hold you up, but the more you plan ahead, when you are NOT rushed, the easier it will be to stay calm and be on time in the morning. Same goes for getting to appointments or sports events or work.
Second, make a schedule and stick to it. For instance, if you have lots of free time one day or over a weekend during which you want to get a LOT done, make a list of realistic priorities and set a timeframe to work on each one. When I do this, I often see right away that I am trying to cram way more than possible into each day. So I need to take 5 minutes to slooow down and pick a few things that I CAN do, sticking to schedule, and do them right, without rushing through them. The rest will just have to wait. Rushing around trying to do it all, all the time, leads to nothing more than bad time management, stress, exhaustion and lack of efficiency.
Lastly, cut the clutter out of your schedule and TO DO list. Like editing any piece of writing, if you just sit down and think hard about how you can simplify and reduce you will instantly have less to worry about, and manage, and more time to focus on what really matters. Like enjoying your family, and maybe more reading and play time together, or time for hobbies your love. Basically, having time for a little more fun each day. To me, that shows a real mastery of time management, and that's one of my new personal goals this year (and my favorite!).
Do you have any easy time management tips for busy moms?