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.
- 6/5/2011 12:51:26 PM