Frankly, I'm sick of being told to multitask. I multitask all the time (even now), and find it makes me anxious. I'm sure everything is handled better by taking time to breathe!
6/5/2011 12:51:26 PM
There are some good tips in the article, but the author left out the most important one.
PRIORITIZE!!! It's easy to fill up a day with non-essential tasks, while putting off the important ones (especially if we don't like to do them). I learned this a long time ago when attending a time management class. Take your to-do list and identify which ones have to be done today. Those are "A" priorities. If there's more than one A, decide which one has to be done first - that one is A1. Then go down the list until you get the As done, & do the same for the rest of the items.
You'll often find that the tasks that fall to the bottom of the list aren't important at all, and it doesn't matter if they get done.
Another thing the author did not mention was DELEGATE! You don't have to do everything. Teach your kids to put their own toys away and put their dirty clothes in the hamper. If they're old enough, they can set the table, load the dishwasher, fold their clothes, get their clothes ready for school the next day, etc.
Personally, I think time spent supervising baths and homework should be spent focusing on the child, not cleaning cabinets. The cabinets can wait.
Another tip - let the answering machine/voicemail screen calls & turn off your cell phone during family time, dinner prep time. You don't have to stop everything to answer a phone call from someone you talked to 2 hours ago.
a lot of good advice... and some unrealistic stuff too most people I know couldn't afford 3 months worth of groceries, wouldn't have room to store them, and wouldn't remember what they had.. 2-3 weeks is more realistic...
I have a lot of trouble saying no, and I just also put this in practice two weeks ago. I had four different events to go to two saturdays ago (bbq's, happy hours, etc) and I was very overwhelmed with having to make it to some of them. I decided not to stress about it, and stayed home instead. I did some homework during the day and was able to relax with my boyfriend that night and watch a movie. It was much better than having to rush to this place then that place and not enjoying any of the places due to the time constraints. I will need to learn to say no more often to plans, I always feel stressed because I have at least one thing every weekend (lots of birthdays in my family)
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