“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else” – Peter F. Drucker, Austrian educator and author.
Most mothers’ commonly feel that they’re doing so much that they accomplish so little. This is a common notion for moms given the amount of hats they need to wear in a day (mom, chef, entertainer, storyteller, working mom). Although the BBC reported multi-tasking appears to be related to women rather than men, time management seems to be difficult for most moms that have countless tasks to do daily.
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For most people, it’ll take a while to come up with a system that they can follow that will make things easier and simpler daily. Time management is a habit that needs to be nurtured and built on.
To help you out, here are some effective ways on how to manage your time wisely as a busy mom:
1. Learn to focus
Often, the biggest distractions can be yourself! Time management requires dedication from yourself not to allow distraction, such as social media and television. It helps to practice using a timer when finishing items in your to-do list (in fact, you’ll be surprised when you’re able to finish things ahead of your time limit). First, divide all the tasks based on their priority status and how much time should be allowed for each one. Then, use a timer and make sure you are not doing anything else in this time frame you set for each task.
To give yourself some time to adjust, it helps to set your alarm clock at home 15 minutes earlier than usual. Eventually, you will be able to wake up without an alarm clock, according to Life Hacker, in no time – just take it one step at a time.
2. Use mobile apps
Several studies have indicated the positive effects of video and smartphone gaming, with researchers seeing strong correlations between increased gameplay with better stress management, reduce levels of depression, and generally improve mood, which is pretty evident with mobile users that play with their phones whenever they have a spare moment. From worldwide gaming phenomena like Pokemon Go to different gaming platforms such as money-generating titles like Cashino, our smartphones are providing us a sense of relief that no other gadget has done in the past. Thus, anytime you need to take a breather, don’t be afraid to play a couple of quick games on your mobile because it can provide you with a whole host of benefits in the long term and short term.
Other than games, there are loads of productivity apps to keep yourself on track with daily tasks, as well as organize anything family related. Some apps that you an take a look at include:
• Cozi (http://www.cozi.com/) is an app that allows you to share a color-coded calendar for each family member to remind them of their to-do lists as well as inform them of your shopping lists by store. It also comes with a meal planner and family journal you can share easily with your loved ones.
• Toodledo (http://www.toodledo.com/) helps you in organizing your tasks by folder, priority, tags, and subtexts to easily filter them. The scheduler makes it easier to determine the tasks you need to prioritize based on your time availability and task due dates. Set its alarm and reminders so you won’t miss an important item on your to-do list.
• Big Oven (http://www.bigoven.com/) makes planning a lot simpler as it offers you a library filled with over 250,000 recipes that you’ve stored, favorite, created, and recorded. The best part about this app is its ability to suggest meal ideas based on the leftovers you have at home.
3. Divide and delegate
You can only do so much in a day. Although moms are the nearest form of super humans on earth, we also need time to rest and unwind. The best way to be able to free your hands of other tasks is by dividing them along with other members of your family and delegate what they need to do. Be assertive, but reasonable. Some tasks cannot be done by children, so make sure to only give them easy chores such as picking up their toys or cleaning their rooms. You are not becoming less of a mom by allowing them to share your workload, just be open with them about how you feel and your family will be more than happy to assist.