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With the new year, one of my goals is to be more organized. That includes having better time management and making sure I don’t miss any important meetings or meetings for my kids. So I’m sharing our tips to help you have better time management when it comes to managing your family schedule.
Time Management Tips
Don’t over schedule – the biggest issue with time management is being over scheduled. If you take on too many commitments then you aren’t able to fully commit to any of them. Make sure you don’t take on too much. Set a limit as to how much you can handle and still do your best on each item. Then don’t take on more than that.
For blogging that means that I don’t take on too many review projects or sponsored campaigns. This is something I am finally learning. Also it means setting time aside that I take away from work and completely unplug and spend time with the family. Usually that is weekends. But sometimes it’s a day or two in the middle of the week too.
Pick and choose the most important activities – this is so that you don’t over schedule your time. For this tip, you need to not only look at your own activities but also that of all your kids and your husband. Make sure each person gets at least one activity they want so that no one is left out. And then for extra curricular activities start picking and choosing what you can really fit into the family schedule. Don’t get your kids involved in so many extra curricular activities that they don’t have time to spend family fun time, or go play with friends, or do homework or chores. Make sure you don’t schedule yourself to work so much that you cant’ just take a day and play with the kids.
Set time limits- This is especially true when it comes to working at home. Set time limits as to how long you are allowing yourself to spend working each day. This will ensure you take time away from work and spend it with the family. For the family members set limits as to how long they can spend doing video games or doing extra curricular activities. This allows that there is always time for the family to spend time together. This also includes setting time limits as to how long a chore should take the kids. If your kids are like mine this is a must. My boys can literally take 4 hours to wash a few sets of dishes that should only take them 20 minutes to wash. They just lose focus and mess around without time limits.
Involve the family– when putting together the family schedule, be sure to include the family. Have every family member bring their own schedule and work it out together. Include the family chores that each person is in charge of, so they understand they are important and will be scheduled in. This ensures that a chore doesn’t get skipped because of the excuse of “I didn’t have time”. Have the kids help delegate which chores should go on which day based on time available to accomplish tasks. For instance, we had to move Vacuuming bedrooms to Saturday because we found we didn’t have time with the schedules on any other day of the week.
Write it Down– Lastly, once the family schedule is all ironed out and chores are assigned, write it all down on a calendar that everyone will see. Make it easy to access in case a child comes home with a school activity announcement, they can easily add it to the calendar. Or if a book report is due, they can add that to the calendar too; so you can easily glance and see what they have required in school and help ensure it is completed in time.
To help our time management and family schedule; I like the use the House Of Doolittle Two-Color Monthly Desk Pad Calendar w/Large Notes Section. This 2014 Calendar lets us keep track of all the family schedules, chores and activities in one place. So everyone can see what everyone else has going on. I know when kids have homework due. I know when they have school activities. I know when the husband has a meeting so I know not to schedule anything at the same time.
It is big enough that it fits our entire family’s schedule and it also has a great note section on the side for additional notes that may come along.
The only downside is that it doesn’t come with any hardware to hang it. I had to go hunting for the right hardware to get it to hang on our wall.
Another thing that I find helpful, is using the House Of Doolittle Weekly Business Planner. This lets me combine the business schedule with the family schedule and I can keep it with me at all times. So when I’m out at the store and someone calls wanting to know if I can do something for them; I just pull out this easy weekly planner and I know instantly if I have an opening in our family schedule to fit them in.
This one is nice because it allows enough space for each day to really track the notes you need. I mean, have you tried writing in some of those other “planners”? The calender boxes are so small, I can only add in one item a day. But this weekly planner I can actually add in all the items of business and appointments without any trouble.
Who knew Office Supplies could be so beneficial to time management?
What are your top tips for time management?
How to you organize your family schedule?