Top Time Management Tips
Most time management articles tell you to prioritize your tasks and do the important ones first. Yes, GREAT TIP, but what if you have a TON of really important things to do, and you start to get overwhelmed. Your heart starts beating and your chest tightens…then you realize you’re having a panic attack. Every bit of your mental capability begins to shut down.
STOP…breathe! Don’t get overwhelmed, just improve your time management skills.
Ok…how do you do that?
Beginning of the school year – Working moms have a LOT of information to remember. One of the most important is the kids’ schedules. At the beginning of the school year, enter all of the dates on the calendar into your planner…especially holidays your company doesn’t take off, and teacher workdays. I use Google Calendar and EVERTHING gets entered. It made last year SO much easier. I didn’t miss one school event this year. Ok, I missed one, but in my defense it was booked at the same time as one of Gage’s chorus concerts.
I also like COZI. I have my husband’s email synced so he knows what’s going on as well. Though, if you sync your calendar to your husband’s…forewarn him that the OB/GYN appointment is NOT for him!
Enter doctor/dentist appointments as you are making them. When you’re making the kids’ appointments, don’t throw the card into your purse. Enter it directly into your phone. Also, don’t forget to set the alerts for a few days before so you aren’t reminded at the very last minute.
Pen and paper girls…keep a notebook with you at all times so you can brain dump. I’m both. I keep two notebooks in my bag, one at work, and I have Evernote on my phone. It seems like overkill, but it works for me. It has made my planning system go SO much more smoothly. I love brain dumping in my notebooks. It reduces the “noise” in my head so I can concentrate more, and I can work more efficiently.
Make lists. I LOVE lists. After I read my emails, I make a list of everything I need to do for the day… and add to it as things come in. If I have a few minutes at a school event, or at the grocery store… I make a list of possible blog ideas. It doesn’t matter if they are bad ideas, they all get written down. Who knows what inspiration I’ll get later. I’ll come back later and find that I have 5 or 6 great ideas, and writing goes really quickly. I do the same thing with meal ideas, weekend family field trips, and new products I want to try.
MOST IMPORTANT: Take a minute to just breathe. Close your eyes and empty everything from your brain…and breathe in and out. You will be amazed at how much more you can get done when you empty the noise from your head. Working moms have so much going on at all times… taking just a few minutes to breathe and gather your thoughts helps more than you can imagine.