Time Management Strategies for Prioritizing your List and Getting More Done

 

Julie Bowman - The Organized Details

Being a mom is like a juggler at the circus.

Circus jugglers never have just one ball in the air at a time.  They are constantly focused on their responsibility to keep the balls rotating. As their act continues, the juggler slowly adds additional balls in hopes that he won’t become overloaded and can keep the act going.

As moms, it’s safe to say that you are juggling many, many balls of responsibility in your schedule.  Many occurring at the same time.  You never seem to have just one ball in the air.

Your responsibilities include work, laundry, cooking, shopping, commuting, fixing, cleaning, and the list could continue. If you lose focus, you worry that it will all come crashing down.  It’s tough to keep adding balls to juggling act.  Each seem equally important.

Every mom has tasks that need to be completed daily without fail. No matter what these tasks must get accomplished.  There are also tasks on the list that you would like to get accomplished.

You find yourself wondering is it possible to do it all?

Here are 3 time management strategies to help you prioritize the tasks on your list so you can get more things accomplished.

1.) Be Realistic

  • How much time do you have available for a task?
  • Is this a task that you truly want to or need to tackle today?
  • Do you have 15 minutes? 30 minutes? 90 minutes?

It’s important to select a task that can be completed in the amount of time that you have available. How often do we start a task and end of frustrated because we weren’t able to finish it? We all feel better about ourselves and the accomplishments of our day if at least one thing is successfully completed.

2.) Be Intentional

  • What is my goal for your day?
  • Do you have friends coming over?
  • Is your family celebrating a holiday in the coming week?
  • Is the mess just causing you stress and frustration?

Our lists typically have a variety of tasks and various goals on them.  Some of the tasks need to be completed today and some can be put aside for another day or week.   While the larger goals are important, it’s just as important to prioritize tasks that need to be completed today.  For example, if you are hosting a dinner party, it’s important for you to get your cleaning tasks completed and the grocery shopping done, but it’s not necessary to tackle cleaning out your garage.

3.) Be Aware

  • Is my time better used another way?
  • Is there something that I’ve been wanting to do for myself?
  • What do I need to do for myself today?

Moms instinctively put the needs of other before their own needs.  Perhaps, today has been a difficult day and you only have 15 free minutes until you need to pick up your children.  Taking 10 minutes to respond to your friend’s email might be just what you need to get through the rest of your day.  Your other tasks can wait.

Taking care of yourself is just as important as getting the toy room picked up or the grocery shopping accomplished.  However, moms typically feel guilty about putting themselves at the top of the list.  Be aware and value your own feelings, too!

These strategies certainly don’t suggest that you throw your daily chores and home organization goals out the window.  However, it is important to stop for a moment, take a step back, and recharge yourself.  It’s possible to do both.  You and your family will thank you because you’ll find that you are in a better frame of mind to be the mom you want to be.

 

Julie Bowman - The Organized Details

Julie Bowman is a working mother of four-year-old twin boys.  She is the owner and creative visionary behind The Organized Details.  You can learn more lifestyle strategies on her blog, www.theorganizeddetails.com/blog. She helps busy moms get organized, prepare for the demands of their daily lives, and encourages them to make time to create memories with their families.  When she needs to recharge her soul, you can find her with her favorite latte and a great book.  You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. 1

    Everyone can use some help with handling their time I would guess. I know I tend to put much on my list. Prioritizing is a big help so at least the most important things get done.

  2. 2

    I need to get a better handle on my time management, Some days I am a complete mess.

  3. 3

    Honestly, I always feel that I set myself for a failure of overscheduling things, but how do I get everything done? I have no idea

  4. 4

    You are so right when you said we are like a juggler in the circus! I do not have that much on my calendar, I just forget too easily not to put things down in writing.

  5. 5

    Good afternoon ladies!! I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of tasks that we have to get done and the amount of time we have available. I really suggest that you sit down and write down everything that you “need” to get done and “want” to get done. Think about the amount of time each task will take. Schedule the larger projects out when feel like you might have some free time available. If you don’t have large slots of time available, break down your larger tasks into smaller tasks. You can slowly start to check things off of your list. It’s also helpful to set a timer. It’s easy to get caught up in tasks, lose track of time, and then feel like you are running behind for the rest of the day. Set a timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes and focus on a task that you’d like to get done. Whether large or small, we all feel accomplished when we can check things off of our lists.

  6. 6

    I’ve always said that time is the great equalizer. We all have the exact same amount each day, it is what we do with it that counts.

  7. 7

    Very true, Scott! It really is about using the time that you have available to get things done.

  8. 8

    Great strategies. Sometimes my lists are just so overwhelming. Thank you for the encouragement!

  9. 9

    These are great tips. I am guilty of over scheduling myself every day. I really need to keep up with my calendar and make sure I’m not over doing it because I can really stress myself out at times. Thanks for stopping by and I’m adding your website to my blog roll in BlogLines.

  10. 10
    Maryann D. says:

    Sometimes I do feel so overwhelmed with so much to do. I will have to remember these strategies to help.

  11. 11
    Erin Cohen says:

    I am SO glad I found your blog! I clean homes for a living, but organization has NEVER been a strength of mine. I’m looking forqward to reading and utilizing all you posts o this subject! :)

  12. 12

    I can’t live without my planner but sometimes I need some advice on how to plan. This was super helpful, thank you!

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