You check the time, it’s 5 pm, and you have no idea what you’ve done with your day? Worst feeling ever. I know! I’ve been there several times.
So, what do we have to do differently to ensure that we get the most out of our days? Here are 5 time management strategies for working moms.
Assess your time
Spend a day making a note of how you spend every hour of your day. At the end of the day, look closely at how you spend your time. You’ll find that you spend a lot of time on tasks that you could have eliminated from your schedule. I know that this may be a tedious exercise, but it will give you a clear picture of what may be doing right or wrong.
I’m a massive fan of to-do lists, there’s nothing more rewarding that crossing off a task on my daily list. The trick with to-do lists it to keep them short and realistic. Long lists are intimidating, and you probably won’t complete all your tasks most of the time.
Simply block out a set amount of time to complete each task on the list. Set a timer on your phone and work until the timer goes off. Use this trick to complete work and home tasks. An excellent place to start is to assign time in 15-30 min blocks.
Limit screen time
I’m sure you knew this was coming. How often have you picked up your phone to read a message, and you end up scrolling through Twitter or Instagram? We all do it! The truth is most of us spend way too much time staring into those small screens. Mute WhatsApp notifications, deactivate app notifications and allocate time to scroll through social media. Click here to join my five-day challenge that will help you to reduce your screen time.
Do the worst thing first
If you want to be more productive, consider tackling the worst task first, usually the task that you’ve been putting off the longest. Once you’ve completed that task, it will free you up to tackle the rest of the list, and you’ll feel invincible!
As a working mom time management is a critical skill. If you follow these 5 time management strategies for working moms, you’ll be well on your way to getting more done in a day. What are some of your time management strategies? Please share in the comments below.
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