I've been busy making profiles on a variety of freelancing sites and online tutoring sites that I forgot to make a Post last week.
So, between working online and doing house chores tere's been some goofing off where I get pulled into reading my social media accounts and scrolling through Pinterest.
There's also that hour and so first thing in the morning where I'm like a Walker from "The Walking Dead", just stumbling around with a coffee mug.
So I want to research how to manage my time better and share it with you.
1. Use a Schedule
Using a schedule allows you to see where your priorities are. What work is scheduled or due dates; children's activities; appointments; and so on. Make a home cleaning schedule and break down the chores into smaller increments to do between work assignments.
Use a wall calendar instead of an App. That way it's more clearer and you can use different highlighters for different items. You can use your calendar App to send you notifications of upcoming times.
Here's a great Planner to use:
2. Make a Daily To-Do List
Write a list the night before of everything that you need/want to get done the next day. All the work assignments, the cleaning chores, the kid's after school plans, and the dinner plan.
Do the important and harder work and chores first and get them out of the way. That way your day goes smoother and you'll feel better the rest of the day (instead of feeling tension by not looking forward to doing it).
3. Give yourself Extra Time
Estimate the time it'll take for each assignment on your to-do list and cushion it with extra minutes. This way if it does run over time, you won't feel stressed rushing to the next assignment.
Also do give yourself a small block of time throughout the day to take breaks, get away from the desk, zone out and relax.
4. Learn to Say No
Learn to prioritize and give yourself a healthy balance between work, family and play. My family comes first in any situation so that's a no-brainer for me. If a kid's activity is scheduled, such as a music concert, I'm there.
Don't forget to schedule time for yourself. To exercise, to read, to relax or to nap. (The last one's my favorite). Also schedule time with your spouse or partner, just to chat and catch up on the day.
5. Schedule "No Contact" Times
Minimize distractions by scheduling several "no contact" times through the day. This is where you are absolutely unavailable. This time is used to buckle down and concentrate on the task at hand.
If you're easily distracted by social media and such. There's an App called Freedom that can lock out all Apps for a time period.
Also do the same for your clients, schedule "no contact" times for them as well. Tell them that those times you will not take calls, answer e-mails, or do any assignments for them.
I know as a mom, this is a hard one to do. Learn to delegate chores, give some to your children. My kids are teenagers so they help empty the dishwasher, take out the trash and they're responsible for their own laundry.
Another thing about delegating, you'll have to let go of your standards and not nit-pick over their work. Keep doing that and you'll be back doing it yourself in no time (and with upset kids and hubby).
So I hope these tips helps you as well as myself. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send them my way!