Tuesday, August 20, 2013

it's back to school time.... for momma: 5 tips to juggle time

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as some of you may know, i'm taking college courses.  today marked the beginning of the semester.  balancing being a mom, a wife, an household manager, and a student is not an easy feat, by any means.  but, i've somehow been doing it for a few years now.  it's simultaneously getting easier and harder.  easier, as i've found a routine that works best for me.  harder, as my classes are getting more difficult. 
here are my 5 tips to make the most out of your time:
make a loose schedule
find a routine that works for you and your family. for myself, that means having a rough plan for the day from start to finish.  right now, i do all the housework and momma stuff during the day.  after the kids are in bed is time for me to spend editing pictures, writing blog posts, and doing homework.  as always, i have to have flexibility in my routine, otherwise, i find myself rushing others to fit into it.  and that's something i don't want to do.
have-to-do, need-to-do, want-to-do
i'm a list maker.  i love creating them. and i love crossing things off of them.  i have an ever running to-do list.  it's broken out into have-to-do, need-to-do, and want-to-do.  of course, those want-to-dos rarely get checked off as i'm busy with the other two lists.  i'm laughing right now because i *know* you all know what i'm talking about with this...
do the 15/15 split
sometimes i get free time during the day {read: "free time" being those golden moments in time when Bear is engrossed in his own play.}  that's when i use the 15/15 split.  i set the timer on the microwave for 15 minutes.  during that time, i do as much housework as i can.  and boy, do i get stuff done because that pressure is on as i try to cram the most amount of work into that little bit of time.  when the timer goes off, i reset it for another 15 minutes and use it to do as much as i can of "my stuff", whether that be small bits of homework or editing a picture or two for a blog post.  again, i work like a maniac during that time.  when the timer goes off, i go back to the beginning with 15 minutes of house stuff.  during the times i can do this, i get more done than if i just set out on my own.  thinking it has something to do with my short attention span.
tackle the elephant
there are those silly, piddly little things on my lists. like changing a light bulb, or sending a quick email.  i try to tend to those things first so that i can get them out of the way.  that way, all those little things are out of the way so i can tackle the elephant on the list.
realize there are only 25 hours in a day
because there are, right? i know i can't get everything done in a day, but it sometimes always seems like i run out of time.  i try not to get caught up in all the things i don't do, and focus on what i've gotten done, instead.  it doesn't always work, but often it helps me chin up.
bonus tip:
sometimes when i'm working on dwindling down those ever-growing lists, i turn on some of my favorite music.  it boosts the mood and gives a little umph to the task as i bop along.  it's not uncommon for me to turn on a little New Kids on the Block to help me make my way thru things. {you had to know that you weren't going to make it long without a reference to my boys, did you?  i had a different nkotb shirt on in my intro vlog}
you can also check out 10 Things Mama Should NOT Forget in the Morning from Moments a Day for some more great tips!
what are your tips and tricks for managing your time?
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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I like this method! Need to get back to doing the same in my life. I'm way too scatterbrained lately!

Joyce ChildhoodBeckons said...

Somehow you always know what I need to read or hear. :) I NEED to do your 15/15 thing. I always mean to.. and then I get sidetracked! Lol.

And I guess I need to start listening to my MP3 player. Music does make everything better. But most of the music I listen to, I wouldn't want Ronin to hear. Then I'll just have to focus on not singing along! Lol.

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