You’re a crazy-busy mom, right?
How do you manage it all? The kids, the chores, the managing of the household. The day job. What? You don’t manage it all? Well, here’s how to find the time without dropping the ball.
Know What You Want
This is a lot harder than it sounds, and it will take up a lot of time to figure it out. But, it’s well worth the effort. For, if you do not get this, nothing else matters. It sounds almost too obvious, too, which is what makes the whole thing seem unnecessary. But, it’s not.
Everyone says you’ve got to “make goals,” but what exactly does that mean? It means setting a goal that you can actually achieve, not something that’s so grandiose that there’s no way for you to possibly reach it. If you’re not really sure what you want to do, it’s very hard to plan out how you’re going to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
Start out by writing down all the things you know you need in life. This is essential. Make sure you go over this list and detail exactly what those things are. Now, write down what you don’t want or need in life. Write these things on a sheet of paper. Don’t bother typing them on a computer. Why not?
Because, when you write them out, you will have to slow down to think about what you’ve written. Since most people can type faster than they can hand-write, the handwriting serves to help you mentally process what you’re writing, as you write it.
Once you’ve got your list, think it over. Leave it for a few days, then come back to it. Study it. Do you still feel the same about things you want and need vs what you don’t want and need?
If so, then your list is done. If you see something you want to remove from either list, or you think of something you want to add, make the changes and repeat the process. Wait a few more days and look over your list again. Has anything changed again?
Keep repeating the process until you no longer feel the need to make any changes.
Now, rank them in order of importance. You may only be able to go after a few goals at a time. Which ones are most important to you?
What Do You Need To Do To Get There?
Now comes the fun part. Figure out what you need to do to achieve all these goals. And, pay attention to things on your list that you do not need or want. Because you’ve actively written them down, you are consciously aware of them, and can actively avoid doing those things or wasting time on tasks that lead to those things being done.
Break Everything Down
Break down into manageable tasks. It’ll make it seem much less daunting if you break big goals into smaller “how to” tasks that you can just focus and get through. The tasks should be things that directly result in the achievement of your bigger end-goals.
Get A Pomodoro Timer
One of the best ways to manage your time and make sure you get everything done is to use a pomodoro timer. It’s a timer that you set for between 20 minutes and an hour. When the timer goes off, you take a mandatory break (which is scheduled into the timer) for between 10 and 15 minutes.
This break time lets you recover, mentally, from the task you were doing. Most people either take a quick nap or they go do something totally unrelated (and not mentally challenging) during their break.
When break time is over, you get back to work and pound out those tasks.
You probably can’t get everything done. So, prioritize the most important things to you. How you do this is up to you. Only you know what’s most important in your life. If you want to lose weight and get strong, and you deem that to be most important to you, then you need to prioritize that. If starting a business is the most important thing to you, then you must prioritize that.
Let’s say you want to work for King & Chasemore. Well, then, you’ll want to prioritize activities that take time away from you learning about real estate, for example.
Whatever you end up putting at the “front of the line,” make sure that it’s really what you want, not what you think you should want.
Delegate What You Can
You can’t physically be in all places at all times. And, while no one can do some of the tasks on your list as well as you can, you have to realize that you can’t do everything and that someone else will probably have to help you. Ask a family member to take on some chores, or arrange a childcare rota with friends so that you have some free time to yourself.
Viola Watson is a Mom who loves to write. One day she hopes to become a successful novelist, but while the kids are small she has to be content with her blogging and article writing.
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