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Works 4 Me Wednesday: Time Management
Since giving birth to 2 amazing babies I've heard people make comments to me to the effect of... "You amaze me" or "How do you do it all?" I thought hard about this question recently as someone once again put me on some pedestal of super mom. I assure you all, I AM NOT SUPERMOM. You wouldn't believe some of the feelings of defeat and stress I've had recently. But in thinking about how I really do "get it all done" I was able to come up with some time management tools I regularly employ that I can share with all of you.
* I am a very routine person.
For some people this is "boring." For me it is what makes it possible to accomplish "it all." I wake up at relatively the same time each day. I make and eat meals at the same times. Naptime for my children is the same time each day. And everyone has a bedtime here too. It's what helps me schedule things not only on paper but also in my head. It helps me to know how much "free" time I have to accomplish tasks and not over schedule myself.
*I don't sit.
I'm serious. I don't sit down unless I am driving or eating. As a teacher I am used to being on my feet all day. But, when I do get home each day I don't sit down. As long as I keep moving and remaining standing I am way more productive than sitting.
For some people multi-tasking is not a time saver because they beome side tracked and lose focus. For me it is essential. While making dinner I always make sure to wash dishes as I go. I drop a load of laundry in the washer or dryer while making dinner too. While on the phone I carry a dust rag and bottle of Pledge with me almost always. Or you might fiind me folding a load of laundry too. As I go from one room to another I check to see if there is something I can carry along with me to put away.
*Small doses of Tv.
A few months back we canceled our cable tv service at our home. I haven't missed it for one minute. Rarely do I find I have time to watch tv and frankly, rarely do I feel there is anything on the tv that I really want to see. I use my time in more productive ways. There are moments when I do curl up to watch a movie with my hubby (we have movie date night about once a week), but regular tv vegging is rare in this house.
I am a LIST MAKER! I keep a list for work, a list for home, a grocery list, an errand running list, a menu, etc. I have a list for most everything in my life. It helps me to stay focused on what needs done and prioritize.
My co-workers will say I am not bossy, I just know how to delegate. It's true! When a parent of a student in my classroom asks to come and help or says they can help at home I absolutely take their help! When my hubby asks what he can do, I give him my list of chores to accomplish(see above-lol). I have our children help with loading the washer and unloading the dryer. I let my son feed the pets. I try to share responsibilities whenever I can.
We all have the same number of hours in a day. It's all in how you use them. =) This is what works for me.