With 1,440 minutes in a day and 168 hours per week, you need a time management plan to make the most of every second. Start managing your time today instead of letting time manage you. Create a time management plan to get more out your day in five easy steps.
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Track Time Wasters
You pop onto Facebook for a few minutes. You search for your keys. You check email just one more time. Knowing what's eating the minutes out of your day is the first step to making time work for you. Play private investigator and log your activities for a week. You'll be able to pinpoint exactly where your time is going so you can reclaim those lost minutes.
Once you honestly track time, you'll be able to identify those time wasters that are eating into your days. Cut down on those... time wasters and watch the minutes magically come back to your daily schedule.
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Establish a Time Management Strategy
A strategy is key to creating a successful time management plan. Instead of writing endless lists day after day, create a game plan that includes downtime for you, enlisting help from your family and breaking up large chores. By working out a time management strategy and writing it down, you'll have a clear, visual plan to follow throughout each day.
The trick is you can't just put your time management plan in writing. You have to stick to it and follow it. Adapt it as your family's... schedule changes but always make sure you have a time management plan by your side.
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Identify Top Priorities of the Day
It's easy to fill a To-Do list. Scratching items off the list is the challenge. You're then frustrated at the end of the day because you didn't get half of what you wanted accomplished.
Give yourself priorities every day. What must you get done and what would you like to get done? Once you can cross out the tasks you have to finish for the day, you can work on the less important ones as time allows.
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Set Realistic Time Management Goals
We wake up with high hopes that we'll be able to get the kids off to school, clean the entire house, declutter the junk drawer and sneak in a power nap all before noon. Don't set yourself up for failure.
Limit yourself to 10 activities per day. Any more than that and time takes the upper hand, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Start small and increase your expectations as you move along. If you have time today for something you weren't expecting to do until tomorrow, go for it. But... don't jam your schedule beforehand or you'll be disappointed when time starts winning and your schedule is backlogged.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Evaluate Your Time Management Plan
Tweak your plan often and make it work for you. Everyone will find different methods that work for them. Your time management plan will be unique to your family.
Re-evaluate it often and make changes. Once you get in the habit of following your time management plan, you'll roll through the day with ease, get more done and start effectively managing your time at home to get more out of your day.
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Get Your Kids in the Time Management Habit
It's never too early to start teaching your kids effective time management skills. Not only will this help them throughout their lives, it will also help you as a family.
Instead of hounding your kids to get ready, hurry up and come on, your kids can manage their time without you having to do it for them. Help them create a time management plan just for them and work together to complete a family calendar. Kids often think being somewhere at 5:00 p.m. means they don't have to get ready... until 5:00 p.m. Be sure to include a plan that shows them what time they need to start getting ready, how long the drive takes you and what time the activity starts. By getting the whole family involved in time management prep, all of you will be able to better manage time.