Time organization is a great way to start the new year off right. With these Easy Time Management Tips, you can take back control of your schedule and life!
If there is one thing we never have enough of, it’s time! There are plenty of days where I just need 1 or 2 more hours added to my day…don’t we all? I mean, who doesn’t need more time? Time is precious, and often we spend it on everyone else but ourselves.
Then I think…do I need more time or just better time management skills? Most of the time it’s just better time management skills that we all need.
Whether you are working to keep up with a work at home job, or you are tackling the summer months with your kids underfoot all the time, time management tips like these are a must.
It is so hard to stay organized when kids have you always running. No matter what your needs, these great tips are just what you need to get your time and life under control.
Tips for Time Management
Using a list helps keep you on track and is ideal for people who need a visual reminder. You can set up a daily list on your phone or use a home management binder to have everything at a glance.
Every morning jot down the 2 or 3 things you MUST get done that day. Then jot down a couple of things you would LIKE to get done that day.
NOTE: Do not list more than 2 or 3 MUST DO tasks. Listing too many must do tasks will have you feeling overwhelmed.
Use a Command Center
There are tons of great ideas out there for a command center. Even a central location in your home for family calendars, mail, and a to-do list is a great way to begin. A command center gives you one single location to place items, so you don’t lose track.
It can make a huge difference in your time management, and can easily revamp your motivation to stay on task and keep your daily life organized.
These command centers are ideal for keeping the schedule organized and paying bills. I love having one spot in my house to go to make sure I have everything organized.
When using social media, networking online, cleaning the house or any other tasks, use a timer. Setting a timer will help to ensure you are not spending too much time on any one task.
Use a Calendar
Using a calendar to plan out your week, month or even year will help keep you on track. It doesn’t matter whether you use an online calendar or pen and paper.
The primary goal is to write down any upcoming events, birthdays, weddings, graduation parties, and even annual bills that need to be paid.
Using a calendar will allow you to see quickly what you already have scheduled.
Okay, I know many of you have an Erin Condren Planner, and if you don’t, it’s totally worth getting. I can keep my life extra organized, and the Erin Condren Planner is a time saver. I have all of the schedules for my kids to keep track of, plus mine while running my online business. It is totally worth investing in a great life planner.
If you choose the Erin Condren Planner, you can also buy fun accessories and labels to customize it with! Adding your favorite colors and easy to recognize labels helps you stay on track even easier.
Create a Homework Station
Part of my job as “mom” is to make sure my kids stay organized. One of my biggest time management tips is to create a homework station for my kids. This is a place where we can all go to make sure the homework is done and organized.
There’s no last-minute searching for homework when you have an organized homework station. It’s a true time-saver!
If you are looking for things to do during break times, a homework station is still an excellent choice to have on hand for craft projects, and summer reading ideas.
I utilize our homework stations year-round to keep the kid’s minds on track no matter what they are doing during school or outside of school.
Start Meal Planning
Planning your meals in advance (my personal favorite method is using a Weekly vs Monthly Meal Planning) can save you a lot of time!
Trying to figure out what you’re going to cook 20 minutes before dinner time means looking on Pinterest, digging through your recipes, and sometimes even going to the store to pick up last-minute items.
For more information on meal planning, check out Meal Planning for Busy Moms.
As moms, we sometimes think we need to do it all! You do not need to do it all, in fact, you shouldn’t have to do it all. Learn to delegate tasks!
This could mean your 3-year-old is in charge of dusting, your 10-year-old cleans the bathroom and maybe your teen cooks dinner once a week.
You can also delegate tasks to your husband and other parents. Ask your husband to run a few errands for you once a week on his lunch break.
You could set up a carpool with another mom. There is nothing wrong with asking for help!
Another way to delegate is by using a cleaning calendar, check out the Monthly Cleaning Calendars available here at Moms Confession.
Getting your time organized can help you in many ways and with these easy time management tips…you are well on your way!!
I think it’s worth it to be extra organized to save time. I’d rather spend more time with my family and less time on the phone trying to figure out what appointment I’ve missed.
I hope you enjoy these time management tips and please feel free to share your best tips with me!
How do you manage your time?