managing your time and schedule

We left off yesterday with the idea that I might be more productive with an atypical schedule.

Here is what that looks like:

~each week, list projects on the weekly calendar and pick one each day, delete from list when completed

~fill in my calendar with known commitments and then plan errands accordingly

~include all family members in morning and evening routines

~create responsibility chart for daughter and hold her accountable

~set aside a block of time for blogging and stick to it

~set aside time for Stella and Dot and stick to it

~as soon as money permits, hire a cleaning service

I’ve given myself a general framework to work within. I know that if I start my day on the computer, I will never get anything else done.  So, I need to set aside blogging time for midday.  I also know that I am far more productive when I hit the ground running which means chores will be relegated to the mornings.

Dividing the responsibilities amongst the family will keep me from feeling overwhelmed.  It’s being overwhelmed that often leads to procrastination. With that said, I need to remember that my to-do lists should be reasonable.

Be okay with not being able to do it all.

If you’ve set a schedule and it isn’t working for you, reevaluate it.

~Does it fit your lifestyle?

~Is the to-do list reasonable?

~Does your schedule match your personality?

~Are you getting help from family members or outside services?

 

Real Simple has some great tips to keep in mind when creating your schedule.  And Mom e O Magazine shares 10 must -read time management principles.  I hope you find these resources helpful.

I just want to leave you with this final thought: your value is not measured by your productivity.

Until next time,

Sharon

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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Comments

  1. Great Advice- I so agree with dividing up everything with the family members- that has been one thing we are doing around here. We are a Team.. and all can/need to pitch in! Love your list- thank you for sharing Sharon!

  2. Just stopping by to tell you I love your blog! I am passing on to you the Versatile Blogger Award. For details go to my blog @ http://perfectimperfectionsbyjeanne.blogspot.com/2012/07/versatile-blogger-award-and-thanks.html. Congratulations!

  3. Thank you so much! It is so rewarding to hear someone say that love my blog. That’s the best part of the award!

  4. Thank you for sharing, Jen. I think functioning as a team is key. I need to get better at implementing that.

  5. I need to needlepoint that onto a pillow…..that I look at every day! Thanks for the reminder!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!
    karianne

  6. awww, I’m glad I could encourage you, Kari.

  7. I know how you feel about starting your day on the computer. I feel like I need to check my email first thing in the morning, but then I get sucked in. Before I know it, it’s been a couple of hours. Everything I planned to do is out the window! Good for you…creating a schedule!

  8. Here’s my tip for being super productive-
    Find hammer, smash computer. Amazing what I can do!

  9. That’s great advice Tina and its one of the reasons you inspire me…you’ve got your priorities straight.
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