10 Time Management Tips To Keep You Sane
All families are busy. Whether you work full time, volunteer, are a mom, home school, have 1 child or 10 we all have places to be and mouths to feed. So, to keep things somewhat manageable I like to have steps in place to manage my time wisely. Life happens so use these 10 time management tips to keep you sane along with my morning routine and evening routine.
1. SPEND TIME SLEEPING
This should be at the top of your list. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night will do wonders for your health, mood, and productivity. We all have busy lives but if you put a routine in place to be in bed at a certain time (including your children) you will train your body to wind down and it’s easier to get up in the morning. You will feel better, look better and be more energized to tackle the day ahead.
2. WAKE UP EARLIER
When you wake up earlier it gives you more time to spend on things that will help you wake up your brain for the day. This can involve reading, exercising, or sipping coffee while going through your tasks for the day. It’s amazing what 20 extra minutes each morning will do for you. This will also help you implement a Morning Routine that is key to starting your day.
3. HAVE FUN
Stressed-out people can’t get the job done. You will need down time to avoid burnout at home and at work. Make time for long weekends, family fun, date nights, and gatherings with friends to keep you grounded and thankful.
4. BE FLEXIBLE
Your calendar is not your master but your servant. It is not there to judge and tell you want you can and can’t do. No matter how organized you are there will always be a fire popping up somewhere throughout your day. Being flexible eliminates you scrambling around when emergencies or unforeseen circumstances happen. Your schedule is not set in stone and this will help you remember you can’t be in control of everything.
5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY “NO”
You don’t have to attend every home party, wedding shower, PTA meeting, school field trip or take on additional projects. Saying no is tough, but it frees up your time for you to be a blessing to others, eliminate any “fires”, or spend some extra time with your family. Don’t over schedule yourself to where you have no breathing room throughout your day.
6. SET TIME FOR THE INTERNET
Surfing the web can be a huge time waster. Establish limits on how much time you spend on social media, checking personal emails, or looking at recipes and DIY’s. When your time is up make sure you unplug and move on to your next task. When your children see you setting time limits it will help them establish good habits when it comes to screen time as well.
7. LET IT GO
Learn to know when it’s time to delegate. Letting go of control is hard, but it’s necessary to keep you sane. Assigning jobs to others does not mean you are a quitter. You are not a super hero. Instead, you are maximizing your time and energy. Relinquishing the fact you can’t “get it all done” yourself is liberating. There is nothing wrong with having someone pick-up your child, trading snack days, having your husband start laundry, feeding your family hot dogs, or hiring someone to clean your house.
8. DON’T TRY TO MULTI-TASK
There are some people who have “nailed-it” on multi-tasking but for the rest of us, it’s hard to stay focused. Most people get more done when they give attention to one thing at a time. When you’re at work, don’t think about what’s for dinner; when you’re talking to a friend, don’t be making out a grocery list; when you’re in bed don’t be worrying about what you need to do tomorrow.
9. LIMIT YOUR PRIORITIES
Don’t set yourself up for failure before you even start. A to-do list is useless if you have 50 tasks that each take an hour to do. What’s the point of writing down checklists that aren’t attainable? Make daily goals that are realistic enough to complete. If you finish your checklist for the day and have extra time you can add more tasks to complete.
10. HAVE A WEEKLY REVIEW
Looking at your calendar for the next week will help you plan better. Choose a time each week to review any work or scheduled appointments that you need to accomplish and create a plan for it. This means no planning your weekly review on that Monday. It will stress you out and overwhelm you. Think of a day that works best for you that’s 2 or 3 days ahead of the next week.
Do you have any time management tips? I would love to hear them. I am always trying to improve in this area.