Time is something we all wish we had more of. As a busy mum of two who works part time, runs a blog and manages the home, time is the one thing in life that I wish I could extend. There have been many days where I look at my watch to realise that it’s already the afternoon when I thought it was still mid morning and wondering where those precious few hours went.
As a mum I find myself juggling my schedule on a daily basis. There’s always something to do and somewhere to go (hello, 3 hospital appointments in one week!) and if I’m not organised enough I can very easily become over whelmed and that’s when all those plates that I’m juggling suddenly drop.
I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve tried (and failed) to get up super super early the next morning to finish what I started the day before and it becomes a burden. I sit there annoyed with myself that I can’t get my act together when everyone else can. Why is it that every other mum out there can handle all this stuff and I can’t!? Why is it that with all this stuff to do and organise, am I finding myself scrawling through Instagram when I should be sorting the laundry or writing a blog post. With Katie starting school next week *sob* my life is only going to become more chaotic with school runs and so on.
So I decided enough was enough. The procrastination was over with. I’ve started to manage my time better in the day which keeps me organised and in turn helps me achieve everything I set out to do in that day. Now, I’m not perfect by any means and the changes I have made are still a work in progress but I have found that they have helped me enormously so I want to share them with you too.
GET A JOURNAL
I’ve recently invested in a journal. Nope, not your regular diary. I mean, a full on Journal. I found with a diary I’d just write important dates down, shut the book and put it back in my bag, never to be looked at again! I would forget so much stuff! Especially since I have 4 peoples schedules to think about. With the journal I bought (TKMaxx £9.99 if your wondering) It has a full month to view page, space for reminders and to do lists and STICKERS – It has STICKERS! OK, so stickers aren’t completely necessary but they look pretty. Having everything written down in one place has really really helped me organise my month better as I can see it all in front of me at once and it means I can work out what I need to be doing and when I have the time to do it.
2. LISTS LISTS LISTS
Going on from a Journal, I have been writing lists lately. Lots of lists for everything. I was useless at lists before. I’d have a “list” in my head of what I needed to achieve that day or the shopping I needed to get and subsequently I’d forget it. Now every morning I write a list of everything I want to achieve that day and tick it off as I go. It keeps me focused and makes me feel productive when I do tick it as done. I bought a cute little list book so it keeps it all together but it means I can tear it off and take it with me if needed. Keep your lists short. Don’t write too much that you can’t achieve it in one day otherwise you’ll feel like a failure and that’s not what we’re aiming for! Short and sweet!
3. A LOAD A DAY KEEPS THE BACKLOG AWAY
This applies to anything that builds up frequently. In my house it’s 3 things. Laundry, Dishes and rubbish. Therefore I have started to do a load every day. I put a load of laundry in the washing machine, I load the dishwasher up and I get a carrier bag and go around the house collecting rubbish for the dustbin. I try to do this 1st thing in the morning then it’s done for the day. I find that if I leave it, it builds up and takes even longer to do. Get it done then it’s done.
Do you race around in the morning trying to find the lost shoe or the missing hairbrush? Yeah, me too. It’s SO stressful and turns me in to shouty mum. No one wants to meet shouty mum, she’s no fun at all. She’s grumpy and she mutters things under her breath that she really shouldn’t be muttering! Therefore I have started to try and prepare the things that I will need for that day the night before. Now, this is something that I REALLY need to practice what I preach. I still forget to do this sometimes but when I do prepare it makes my mornings so much easier and makes me have a lot more time on my hands. I fully pledge to do this every night once Katie starts school.
5. HAVE”ME TIME”
I know this is all about getting things done and ticking off lists, but creating time in my day when I make a bit of time for myself helps me feel in control of everything around me. If I get to have some time in the day when I am doing something for me then I feel more refreshed and more like I’ve juggled everything and not left myself out. Sometimes it can be something small like catching up on a TV programme or reading a magazine and other times it can be a full blown couple of hours at the gym but what ever it is, it’s something for me. It stops me from feeling frazzled or resentful that I’m working for everyone else except myself. Having time to yourself is equally as important as making time for everything else so don’t ignore it!
So there we have it. These are my top tips for time management. Do these sound familiar to you? How do you manage your time and stay in control of your life?
I’d love to hear from you!