As parents we can all agree on one thing-We are BUSY! I am busier now than I ever thought I would be, and busier than I probably SHOULD be…but that’s for another post. Between working from home, homeschooling, church activities, being a wife and mother and just life I feel like I am pulled in all directions at all times. The key to balancing all of these roles I am in is simply to balance my time better. We are all given the same amount of hours in a day, what we do with them is our choice. Here are some time management tips I have learned through the years.
Get Up Earlier
This is hard, really it is. Sometimes I want to go back to bed when the hubby leaves for work, but if I do, I just feel rushed and behind later. I get up at 5:30…every.single.weekday. Saturday’s I get up between 6-6:30. This allows me time for myself before my kids start getting up around 7. I can do my devotion, get an hour of work in, shower, and get ready for my day. If you feel like your mornings are rushed, try bumping up the time you wake up by 30 minutes.
Stay Focused when Online
I read about a great app when I was completing the Unwired Challenge. It is called Stay Focused and it is for Google Chrome. This has been HUGE for me since I work from home. The app allows you to block pages that may be “time suckers” from your day. If you’re like me, I would get on the computer to work and plan on checking Facebook for “5 minutes” and it would end up turning into 30, and I missed out on getting real work done. Find limits that work for you and stick to them. Time suckers on the internet can steal more moments from our day then we realize if we let them.
I already wrote about this before, and it really does help a LOT! I don’t stress about what is for dinner, and I always know what I have to make that will feed my family.
Lump Errands Together
Don’t make any more trips running errands than you have to. If you need to go to the doctor, take the library books and movies with you and drop them off while you’re out. If your kids have an activity in town, drop them off and run to the grocery store while you wait. Minimizing trips and lumping errands together saves you time, and gas in your car, which in turn saves you money (win/win)!
The best tip for easing your mind and avoiding burn out is to start saying NO more often. Limit your kid’s activities to just one apiece. When someone asks if you will be in charge of an activity, invites you to an engagement, or asks for your help on a project tell them you need 24 hours to think about it and look over your other priorities. This gives you time to assess and pray about whether or not you have time for the activity, and if necessary, what you can cut out if you choose to say yes.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God. ~Romans 12:2
Parenting is hard work, and many times parents can be stressed or overwhelmed from too many activities and not enough time. I hope that these time management tips will help!
Do you have any time management tips to add? If so, please share in the comments!