In Eastern Europe people say that women are a weak gender. However, reality is completely different – women are mothers, wives, employees and even businessmen. How to manage all these roles daily? At the same time to stay a woman and not to lose yourself? That’s hard! I personally struggle with this each day. Every day is as a new juggling test for me. Nevertheless, disregarding successes in juggling, sometimes at the end of day I feel like time has disappeared. Besides, to-do list has become just a bit shorter. Moreover, new to-dos have appeared accidentally. In order to feel not killed by to-do list at the end of the day, I have discovered four habits of effective time management:
Plan your tasks and time
I have a daily diary and a to-do list for week. During Sunday or Monday (depends when I get a spare minute in silence), I mark the most important ones and those which definitely should be done during this week. Then I separate between tasks, which I am able to do together with kids (for example, food shopping, home cleaning, laundry, cooking) and those, which I need an individual time.
I am used to buying food online, because it saves time and my energy as well as money. It takes only 15 minutes, besides, it is easy to sort promoted goods, it is easy to buy the same items repeatedly – just create a cart of your most often purchased items. So, you just have to click some additional stuff you need extra. In most cases it is possible to have delivery the same day after a couple hours. Moreover, if you reach a limited sum of cart, delivery is free. Isn’t it cool, instead of carrying all the food packages yourself and looking after kids at the same time? Moreover, shopping online clothes or footwear has never been so comfortable as now because of free return within 14 days. I’m even buying lingerie online but just because I prefer only a couple models of some producers, I mean, I have firstly tried them in a physical store and afterwards continue to buy online.
There are some categories of unplanned occasions – illnesses of kids and family members, invitations to birthday parties,shortage of certain foodstuff or cosmetics, lack of appropriate clothes for kids because they again have grown out of overall or footwear. Believe me, even these unplanned things you can plan if you think in advance. Keep basic medicine at home (like noise drops and throat spray) and follow up the amount of savings. When you notice something appropriate as a present for your kids’ friends or your friends, buy it, you will be prepared for an unexpected invitation. Follow the residuals of foodstuff and cosmetics, so you will protect yourself from the situation when pancakes are baked but jam is over or your hairs are wet but shampoo bottle is empty. Do not miss seasonal changes, think beforehand about needed clothes and footwear for your kids, take it as an ordinary thing that kids need new clothes and footwear each season, so at least four times a year!
Focus on the most important
When you have your individual time, focus on the most important actual issue. If this is your emotional harmony, do whatever makes you feel happy – read a book, go for a walk, watch a movie, knit or crochet 🙂 If this is cooking or any other household task, switch on a music and do it now! In case it is some work tasks, focus only on them. Assign the available time slot for each task and strictly observe it. You will be surprised, how efficient you can become in conditions of limited time.
What are your habits of effective time management? Feel free to share in comments!