Time Management – Organizing Your Time Between Home, Work, And Children
Life is becoming very complicated. In the old days (not that long ago), only the one of the parents needed to work while the other stayed at home, taking care of the children and the home. There were time and money to do everything, and now, it seems you don’t have the time and money to do nothing. And the worst part is that both parent usually need to work and there are also single parents who have provide for everything alone ( including me ).
In case you’re in a similar situation, where you just don’t know what to do to balance your work, family, and home time, then you absolutely need to read the following time management tips:
#1: Stop multitasking:
Most women have a huge tendency to multitask. Even though you may think you’re doing two tasks at a time, the truth is that you’re not being as effective as you may think. Instead of doing that two tasks at the same time, try to plan your day with blocks of time. They can even be blocks of 10 or 15 minutes. The truth is that when you implement this strategy, you will be able to focus on just one task and you’ll have it completed sooner than you expect.
#2: Have a time limit:
For every single thing or task that you need to do, you need to make sure that you have a time limit. And this should be applied to both work and home. As soon as the time is out, just stop it. Don’t make any more changes.
One of the things that will prevent to pursue this strategy is a natural tendency for perfectionism. However, don’t let it go in your way. When the time run out and you weren’t able to complete the task, you know that the next time you need to do it, you’re going to need a bigger block of time or just find an idea about how you can do it faster.
#3: Have only one calendar:
If you’re like most people, you probably have a calendar at home and other at work. So, you just need to stop it and use only one. In case you continue to use 2, you’ll end up overlapping different items and the results are never good.
#4: Work on weekends:
When you have a job and a family, there is always something you need to do. One of the things that can help you is using the weekends to work. The office where you work is probably empty. So, you can take your children with you with a lot of toys, and you can work on the week you have ahead of you.
#5: Have multiple day-care plans:
Unfortunately for many parents, day-cares also fail. You never know what can happen and you just need to have a plan B, C, and D. You just can’t leave your kids alone and you have your own work responsibilities.
#6: Learn to delegate:
Delegating is something that you will learn to do, either at home and at work. In case you never thought about it, start by the little things. At home, for example, you can ask your spouse to put the table on or tell your kids to clean up their toys and rooms, if you don’t have a spouse invite friends or family over and ask them if they can help you with the kids. Teach them how to make their beds or where they should hang the clothes they wore. Simple things can add huge blocks of time that will help you stay up-to-date at both work and home.
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