Do you find it difficult to manage your time and schedule? You’re not alone. Most of us feel overwhelmed and often wish there was more time in the day. The good news is, you don’t need more time, and with a few tweaks, you’ll be a pro at time management. The key is to create a customized system.
How to Effectively Manage Your Time & Schedule
Step 1 to Manage Your Time
First, create a general system according your household’s needs and priorities. In my household, that looks like this:
- each week, list projects on the weekly calendar and pick one each day
- fill in my calendar with known commitments and then plan errands accordingly
- include all family members in morning and evening routines
- create responsibility chart for daughter and hold her accountable
- set aside a block of time for blogging and stick to it
- as soon as money permits, hire a cleaning service
To make it work, play to your strengths and weaknesses.
I know that if I start my day on the computer, I will never get anything else done. So, I need to set aside blogging time for midday. I also know that I am far more productive when I hit the ground running, which means chores will be relegated to the mornings.
My biggest weakness in this scenario is I don’t like cleaning. So, I put it off. Learning to delegate to other members of the household, and eventually hiring a cleaning service, will solve that problem.
My other big weakness is over planning. Keeping track of commitments and knowing how much time I need to complete a task will give me a better picture of the time I do and don’t have, which should help me keep a more reasonable to-do list.
If you’ve set a schedule and it isn’t working for you, reevaluate it.
- Does it fit your lifestyle?
- Is the to-do list reasonable?
- Does your schedule match your personality?
- Are you getting help from family members or outside services?
- Real Simple has some great tips to keep in mind when creating your schedule.
- And, Mom e O Magazine shares 10 must-read time management principles.
I’ll leave you with this final thought: your worth is not measured by your productivity.