5 Tips To Improve Time Management

by - June 17, 2017


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Motherhood = busy! We all know it. Stay at home moms, even with the cliche that they just sit around, day after day, tuning into reruns of the Real Housewives and drinking chardonnay, are busy...Ohh there are moments I wish that cliche were true. SO. MANY. MOMENTS. I would love for one day, just one day for that cliche to be my life. I'm picturing it now. A bubble bath after sleeping in till 9a.m., thick plush million thread count bath robe, Real Housewives on a TV mounted above my claw foot french porcelain tub filled with coconut oasis bath bombs... Maybe that's what my heaven will be, but for now I live in the real world. Where my reality is filled with appointments, tasks, leggings, coffee and messy buns.

There hasn't been a day, since Milo has been born, where I didn't have something scheduled, planned, or a to do list longer than the "Cash Me Outside" girls Juvenal record. I see so many people around me who struggle with time management. My own mother is one of those "late to her own funeral" types. So, inherently, I have made it my life's mission to be as organized with my home, life and time as possible. There's nothing more distracting or embarrassing than playing your very first part on the big stage, in your high school musical production of South Pacific, while your mother strolls in late, with the gymnasium doors, glowing from the lighted hallway behind, slamming shut after her, as she dames to pick a seat. There's also the friend who misses lunch dates or the discounts of happy hour. The employee who struggles at work turning in reports on time. You don't want to be any of those people. Do you? I can answer that, No you don't. Not only is your time valuable, but so are the people's around you. No one wants to hear the same old excuses over and over as to why you are late, missing your deadline, or rescheduling once again. Below, I have compiled some of the tips that help me manage my time, so I don't become "one of those people".


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Write it DOWN! 

I have a notebook, just a simple hardback notebook, I picked up a while ago for $3.00 at Office Depot. Every night, once I tuck Milo down to sleep, I write down what I need to do the following day and when I need to do it. I need this list. This list runs my life, it gives me life, it saves my life. (over dramatic, I know) With mommy brain, phone calls, emails, and just regular old life constantly happening around me, I need a safe spot, a go to, a back bone to my day, and that ladies and gents is my list. I am even about to upgrade to a planner as my days are getting busier with the more and more projects I take on. Writing it down helps me so much. It not only saves my "to do's" on paper, but the practice helps me remember more so than keeping a ever failing mental note, or even saving it in one of those planner apps on my phone. The traditional act of writing things down, with plain old paper and ink, really does make a huge difference in my follow through, motivation, and it even keeps a clear physical list that aids in my own personal accountability.

Do It! 
Though writing it down does help, you still have to physically get off your butt and do the tasks that are laid out before you. Some days, not going to lie, its hard, but it is also rewarding being able to check things off the "to do" list. A sense of accomplishment starts to set in once the first or some days second task is scratched off. Set a time frame. I like to keep mine a bit general since I work from home and have the ability to set my own hours. Which has it's own set of struggles.

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Morning
Dishwasher
Gym
Start laundry
Emails
Store (Separate Shopping List)

Afternoon
Vacuum
Clean bathroom
Fold/put away laundry
Dust
Plan Out Blog Posts

Evening
Water garden
Clean Milo's toys
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No Lollygaggin'! 
The best way to become better at managing your time and to become that person who isn't always late, is to STOP lollygaggin'! Make a shopping list and stick to it. No detours! Now this isn't always easy. Especially when you have a cute little baby who looks super cute in cute little baby clothes, and you are coming up on the baby department. This will not only save you in time, but also save you in money! I'm not always the best at money management so this point is especially hard for me. Since having Milo I love to spoil him, but don't give in! Stick to the tasks at hand, and move on down your list.

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Stay Organized
Keep your spaces organized to relieve wasted time. Make mundane tasks, habits. Like leaving dishes in the sink. Rinsing them immediately and putting them straight into the dishwasher doesn't take much more effort and will save on time in the long run. Putting work files away before getting out another will save you immensely on time and make you more focused on the task at hand. Organize everything! Your office, kitchen, bedrooms, car, your LIFE! Have and know everything's place and make sure you follow through on keeping it there.

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Reward Yourself!
Just like in fitness, you need a rest day from schedules and lists. Reward yourself and your family with a free day. A day where you can wake up and decide what you want to do over a nice pancake breakfast and cup of coffee. Go to the park, ride bikes, shop, eat out or get a take away. This is the day to lollygag! Spend the day finishing the "fun" projects that got pasted up throughout the week by the "must do's". Anything you want, it's your FREE day!

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26 comments

  1. I'm such a lollygagger and I admit it. I love the notebook idea but I sometimes use todoist instead.

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  2. You're so right! Writing really helps. Great post!

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    1. thank you. no joke i have to write things down or they just fly right out my ears

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  3. Lovely tips! there's no better motivation to keep going than rewarding ourselves :)

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    1. yes, i believe so. i have a special day every week where i don't work or focus too much on my phone. my son and i just do whatever we decide to do.

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  4. Thinking that Stay at Home mom's don't have a lot of work is a the biggest misconception ever, I know this because my mother was one and she is my biggest example of effort. P.S. I loved the reward yourself part, my favorite ahah

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    1. don't i know it! before i had my son i used to think stay at home moms used to do nothing all day. i fed into that cliche way of thinking but now that i am one, like i said, there are some days i wish the cliche was true. i work harder at home than ever before in the corporate world, plus all my projects. my time is packed full so being able to manage my time is truly a life saver

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  5. Writing helps alot! Nice points !! One must reward ourselves no matter what.

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    1. did you ever have to write things down as a punishment in school? "i will not punch tommy in the head. i will not punch tommy in the head." it makes things stick, that's for sure. Maybe my primary school teacher was on to something.

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  6. You are so right, staying organized make a huge difference in getting stuff done and checked off the goal list. Great post.

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    1. thank you. i am a organizational freak. maybe i should make a YouTube channel lol

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  7. These are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Writing it down is soooo essential! I need to start doing time blocks in my day to get everything I want accomplished. Great post!

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  9. Time management is one of the most important task to do in life. I think time goes by so fast you need to be organized and productive!

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  10. Yeah. I think time management should be taught in school. It's sooooo important and I learned far later in life (that I'd like to admit) how to manage my day.

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    1. That is such a great idea. Suggestions can always be made to your school board. Don't be afraid to share your thoughts and speak up.

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  11. Hey great stuff, learned alot keep up the good work

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    1. thank you I'm so glad you were able to take something away from my work

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  12. I am the biggest lollygagger on this universe and I really need to learn these tips.

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    1. it takes time to break bad habits. don't be too hard on yourself. if you are determined to be more organized and responsible with your time, it will come.

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  13. Always looking for great tips on time management, thank you for sharing.

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