Managing our time as mothers always seems to be a struggle. While it’s true that some of us are better at it than others, it goes without saying that we could all use some help keeping ourselves on track.
Procrastinating is a very simple trap to fall into, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get out of.
Here are three tips to help you and your family keep their cool when it comes to managing your time effectively.
Keep A Master To-Do List
Having one major list of things that need to be done is a great way to be able to see where your attention needs to be.
Use this master list to pull from and create mini to-do lists for your daily running around.
Pick simple tasks when your day is hectic and save the bigger tasks for when you know you’ll have the time to cross them off.
For instance, on Monday morning when there isn’t a lot of time, choose two or three smaller tasks such as running to the Post Office and picking up the dry cleaning.
Turning your master list into smaller, more manageable daily lists will help you not feel so overwhelmed at everything that seems to need your attention.
Use Technology To Your Advantage
It’s a safe bet for me to assume that you have a smartphone, tablet, or other advanced gadget that you can easily get your hands on daily.
Set up reminders to yourself via email, text, or alarm to keep yourself from getting sidetracked.
If you know that your gas bill is due on the fifteenth of the month, set up a monthly reminder to sound the alarm on the tenth of each month so that you have enough time to either log-on and pay it via the Internet or enough time that you can write the check out and get it in the mail so it reaches the office by the due date.
I use Google Calendar a lot to keep my tasks all in one place. I then can choose whether I’d like to receive email and/or text messages as my reminders. It’s worked very well for me and my family for years now and I enjoy the fact that Google Calendar syncs with my smartphone as well – I can input new tasks and reminders directly from my phone and have them sync up with my calendar no matter where I am.
For all of my visual mamas, this tip will work wonders for you.
Grab a pack of highlighters and color-code your to-do lists. You can also use various colors when managing your online calendars as well.
Pick which color-coding method works best for you — it could be that assigning a color to each day of the week works well, or picking a color for the most important tasks.
This way, when you’re looking at what needs to be done, the colors will pop out to your eye that much quicker and you’ll know right where to look and what needs to be done pronto and what can wait a little longer.
You can also color-code your entire day if you’re a list lover. Perhaps yellow needs to be done before 10 a.m., blue by 2 p.m. and green by 7 p.m.
With color-coding, it’s all about finding what works best for you and your family. If you’re really into it, you could also color-code each child and their activities as well. This way, one glance and your entire family will know the day’s activities.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.