Moms and Housewives - Managing Your Time More Appropriately is Time Well-Spent
Hopefully after reading this article you will figure out ways to get your daily schedule better organized and be well on your way to managing your time so that you are finally able to accomplish all or most of your chores as well as all the things on your to-do list each and every day!
You cannot escape from all the interruptions you will encounter throughout your day, i.e., babies crying, kids arguing, telephone calls, a delivery at your door, or an unexpected emergency; however, you have to learn how to accomplish your duties in spite of these interruptions. Don't wait until the interruptions are gone to get yourself organized.
Managing your time is easy if you follow these three strategies: 1) work around the interruptions, (2) eliminate the ones you can, and (3) manage the others.
When you are interrupted for one reason or another, train yourself to go right back to the task you were working on. When the task is well denned, it is easy. For example, if your first chore for the day is cleaning the kitchen, once you've been interrupted it should become second nature to go right back to the chore at hand. Otherwise, you"ll end up wasting time or get sidetracked.
Learn to carry on with your daily chores with direction and purpose. Think of managing your time as if you're the receptionist in a busy office. You would take care of each task as it comes along but then would have to go back to typing that letter when you get the chance. Do not let interruptions become your excuse for not accomplishing your goals.
Reduce some of the stress by reviewing your daily living situation. If you are serious about trying to eliminate some of the daily hassles, keep a log for several days. Make brief entries of what is occurring every 15-30 minutes. Time-efficiency experts do this type of analysis in the workplace to pinpoint problem areas of time management. Who causes the problem? When does the problem usually occur....is one time worse than others? What did the offender need when they interrupted you? With this insight, you can work your way towards making any necessary improvements.
Lack of organization or order causes many interruptions, i.e., a trip to the dryer for socks, a trip to the local market for forgotten ingredients, or trying to track down that lost shoe. Come up with a plan to help kids get their own drinks and/or snacks. Install a pet door so your dog can get in and out without your help. As one father has said, "Instead of putting out fires all day, catch the guy with the matches." A little organization can go a long way in helping to eliminate unwanted hassles, therefore, managing your time more appropriately.
Often times we cause interruption ourselves. Perhaps you are not looking very forward to working on a certain task. In this case, it is very easy to become distracted and you may even welcome any distractions. You might remember you need to phone a friend or relative, you might think of something you need to take out of the freezer for dinner, or you might get an urge for an afternoon snack. There is a difference between taking a break and getting an unexpected interruption. To take breaks in the middle of a task with an unnecessary interruption such as a break, is a bad habit to get into. Thus, you need to learn to plan breaks appropriately, allowing yourself time to finish a task first.
Keep in mind that it takes time after each interruption to start back up and rebuild momentum. Next time you are tempted to take a break from what you are doing, ask yourself if it could wait a little longer until you finish the project you're working on or at least until you get to a better stopping point. It is a good idea to plan breaks periodically to refresh yourself or to take care of small things. This is called self-control. A secretary is allowed coffee breaks and you should allow yourself time for breaks as well.
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