April 10, 2018
“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
– Charles Burton
Being a mom is hard. Learning how to juggle everything is an art. Here are 5 effective ways to achieve time management and begin taking control of your life.
As a mom it is very important to have some form of time management or “plan” for your day. Make a list of your commitments and write them on a calendar. Write down important events, etc. Then include in there time for yourself or for something that you want to do for yourself. Write it down, and when the day comes, honor that commitment as well.
You are important and you must take care of yourself. Every week try to start things that you have been putting off. It is better to start and not finish than to never start at all. So, tackle your disorganized closet or shelf. Walk around with a garbage bag and throw anything away that is trash. Sometimes we pass our “trash” so many times we don’t even see it anymore. This exercise will help you feel accomplished.
You need to start somewhere. Have a bag or box ready every month for things to give away and then give them away. Find local charities (many will come and pick up your things) and give the things you do not use away. Encourage your children to do the same. Most of the time, kids have so many toys and books that they don’t even know where to start and truthfully don’t even know what they have anymore.
Teach them to give what they no longer use and to also take care of their things. If something is valuable and they are no longer using it, consider selling it. It is a great way for them to learn the value of a dollar and save for possibly something they want or need.
Decluttering is the first step to feeling organized. When you feel organized your mind is clearer and you are more productive. Have you been wanting to learn a new language? Have you been wanting to try a new yoga class? Make time for that too. Plan for it and put it on your schedule.
I hope these time management tips help you get more done in less time!
Remember YOU matter and when you take care of YOU everyone around you benefits.
-Elizabeth Vainder, M.D.