Bio: Shondra Walker is the author of Walk With Me; a blog that provides a glimpse into her life, along with parenting tips, recipes, and green living ideas. Just a few years ago, she was living the college life. She never thought about cooking or raising kids. Now, she is married to the coolest guy she knows and learning to be a wife and mom. Join her at: www.walkwithmeblog.com or follow her on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/Shondra_W
Maximizing Our Time
As moms, we have a lot on our plates. We are responsible for meals, housework, bath time, getting the baby dressed, packing the diaper bag, brushing their teeth, laundry, and playtime. And that doesn’t even begin to cover everything we do in a day. Many of us have work related tasks, writing jobs (for us bloggers), and let’s not forget the need for personal time. It can be tough.
While I am very lucky to be able to stay home with my son, I tend to jump into too many projects. This means that I have to find ways to better manage my time in order to get everything done. Sometimes I am really good at this and other times I’m not, but here is what I’ve learned so far.
1. First, realize that there are only 24 hours in a day and 8 hours must be dedicated to sleeping. As much as we try, there will be days that we will not get everything done. If everything doesn’t get done, go to sleep and leave it to the next morning. You aren’t a bad mom or wife if you just can’t do it all.
2. Reflect on your priorities. My family is absolutely my number one priority. We’ve all heard that actions speak louder than words. Ask yourself, “Are my actions showing my family that they are the most important to me?” It is one thing to say it, but if I choose to be on Twitter or continue writing after my son wakes up from his nap, what am I showing him?
By shutting my computer when he wakes up I am able to better focus on him and spend my time making his day more enjoyable. This does not mean that I can’t get things accomplished. I can do laundry, vacuum, and a number of other chores while still focusing on him. He actually loves when I let him watch our front-loading washing machine in action
3. Make a list. This is by far one of the most helpful ways I remember everything that needs to be during the day. If I write a list then I am more likely to complete everything and not ignore that load of laundry sitting on the washing machine or the blog post that needs to be written.
4. Run a routine. Having a routine is essential to maintaining a sense of order. My one year old has a basic routine. This allows me to know how long I have for household tasks, playtime, and meals while also giving me a sense for when I can focus on writing. For the most part, this routine remains the same every day. The beautiful part of a routine is that everyday I can make small adjustments to make the day more productive.
5. Set time limits. Certain tasks like expanding your social network are very important for blogging. But too much of a good thing leads to neglect in other areas. Set a time limit for that activity and then stick to it.
Life isn’t about making rules and eliminating the fun. However, maximizing the time we have will lead to a more productive and enjoyable lifestyle. What tips do you have for maximizing your day and making the most of the time that has been given to you?