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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (32,077)
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8/16/13 1:09 A

Congrats on going back to school. Life will be busy but it is so worth it.

Everyone has had great suggestions for you. Making appointments with yourself is really effective if you treat them as you would any other important event. Schedule family time too.

My best piece of advice is to set realistic expectations about your life.

By this I mean, you need to figure out how important are some of the things that you do or expect now are to you.

How important is it to you to have a spotless house? If you clean bathrooms and dust daily now, can you maintain that with your new schedule? If not, can you live with a messier house? If not, can you get family to help or hire help?

If you cook every dinner from scratch, can someone else cook some meals? Or can you use some pre-prepped stuff?

Working out is important! Can you read school material while on the tread mill?

These are just examples, I'm sure you have your own important things to think about.

My last suggestion is to turn off the TV and set a timer across the room when you are on FaceBook or other time sucking sites. If you have to get up to turn off the timer you are more likely to turn off the site and move on to the next thing on your schedule.

Good luck with school and the new routine

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8/16/13 12:27 A

Love this and the words of advice from Stephen Covey! "Seven Habits" is one of my all-time favorite reads.
I try to keep my time-management practice really simple sometimes, like "What's the one most important thing that I have to do today?" and then I just do that first. It's easy to put off high-priority items I don't want to do, but then it creates lots of stress throughout the rest of the day as you run out of time to do this important task. I got this idea from this page at TimeSmartMe: http://www.timesmartme.com/howtoprioritise
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1/11/13 9:01 P

DMJAKES: Those are some seriously awesome tips! Thank you so much! I will definitely talk to my kids about what's coming. They are both in grade school now, so they might understand it.

I actually found an app that you can put on the computer to block certain sites for 90 minutes at a time. For me that would be pinterest, facebook, and sparkpeople. I think that's my biggest downfall, is wasted time on social media. Can't have that during times I need to be working. Having them blocked and knowing that I can get to them after I do what's on my agenda might help motivate me.

I will look into Steven and Stephen...sounds like they have some more helpful info too.

And yes, KJ is a pretty awesome guy from some of the posts I've read. emoticon

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1/11/13 12:31 P

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OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,493)
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1/11/13 12:01 P

KJ mentioned Stephen Covey - and I'm a big fan (of KJ and Stephen Covey!)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People literally changed my life. I keep a CD copy in my car all the time. When I feel myself slipping, I listen to Dr. Covey for a refresher.

somebody that I really look to for advice recommended "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. Looks like he has some similar thoughts (one of the quotes from the book mentions 'urgent but not important'). I'll give that one a try to.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,589
1/11/13 11:29 A

Make sure your family is on board and everyone knows what to expect. Even small children can comprehend that mom needs quiet time if you explain why and let them know it's not forever.

I have found that when I'm tempted to procrastinate, it helps me to make it as easy as possible to DO what I need to do, and it needs to be difficult (or even painful) to NOT do it.

Is your work area/computer easily accessible, ready to go, and in a quiet spot? Do you have everything you need close at hand? Try to schedule a "fun" thing right after your work appointments--that way if you don't do the work, no "fun" comes afterward. Or, perhaps a weekly "reward" for yourself if you make all your class sessions/do all your assignments for the week? It may help you to map everything out a few weeks in advance so you can see where the conflicts are and where you might have more time available.

Good luck!

KCLEVELAND5678 SparkPoints: (8,433)
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1/11/13 9:46 A

I am a list maker. I write everything down in my planner. I mean everything, from taking my meds to what time to pick up kids from their activities, to my workouts. I also write my goals down in my planner. I make sure to look at it every morning and then it is open on my desk at work. I'd be lost without my planner.

SASSIERAPPLE Posts: 89
1/11/13 9:17 A

You're welcome. One thing I have learned from serious ADHD is don't expect to accomplish everything right away. I've gotten so discouraged and overwhelmed looking at a huge project and not knowing where to start. Small goals really help.

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1/11/13 9:00 A

Thanks for the tips! I'm really excited yet nervous to start. I want this degree so badly but I need to keep that fire going in each class.

Jo88bako that's so funny. I guess we all have our strengths and weaknesses.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (166,322)
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1/10/13 8:48 P

I'm poor at time management and was born without an originazational gene

EMILYMARGO SparkPoints: (11,955)
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1/10/13 8:37 P

As long as I can remember, I've been terrible with time management. But I got a planner that I'm gonna try to stick to using because this semester I'm taking four classes, as well as an additional class online completely unrelated to my school, and I'm doing an internship that I'll be working at everyday.

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1/10/13 1:19 P

LIke others said...calendars are useful if you can stick to it. I know when I did online college classes several years ago the classes were #1 priority. The classes were very time consuming with the reading material & writing papers. At that time, dh was a big help in managing the kids after he was done with work. Set your priorities [classes are only temporary]. It can be done. Recruit help from family if needed.

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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/10/13 7:57 A

for the most part, I am organized about appointments.
I think I need to add exercising (apart from dog walking) to my calendar, and then maybe I'll do more of it

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
1/10/13 5:50 A

Here's a humorous look at Stephen Cobey's Time Matrix:
sidsavara.com/personal-development/nerdy-p
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Before you read you need to really have a grasp of the literal definitions or these two words:
Urgent: Calling for immediate attention
Important: Marked by or indicative of significant worth or consequence

Lastly, to enablers, this time matrix is most likely uncomprehendable as everything falls under the Urgent & Important quadrant.
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1/9/13 8:56 P

I use a large Wall calendar and an engagement book that I keep in my purse at all times, to keep all of my ill husbands appts. and surgeries in, use marking pens to circle the really important stuff.

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1/9/13 8:21 P

Hmm...I have my calendar synced with my phone. I could set reminders that way for stuff. Thanks, Sassie!

SASSIERAPPLE Posts: 89
1/9/13 4:11 P

I am terrible at time management. Google calendars are good for keeping track of everything you have to do. Sometimes you have to make appointments to do things or they won't get done.

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1/9/13 3:58 P

Anyone else? I could kind of get away with that for a little while, but now that I've decided to go back to school I need to get scheduled. My classes are all online, so I really have to be able to stay on top of it. I also want to balance that with working out, my church responsibilities, and family time. I welcome any advice that you think would be helpful. I really want to succeed and I know that getting my time management under control will really help make that happen.

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