Happy Tuesday! I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it's MAY!
On my poll last week, a topic that came up quite frequently. You guys wanted to know how I manage my time and our time as a family. I'm definitely no expert, but I'm going to share what works for me.
Again, I'm no expert when it comes to this, but this is what works for me...
I always have an idea in my head of how the week ahead is gonna go down. This is how it works out for me. I try to at least be at home one day to get caught up on house work, blog work, vacations, etc. I SCHEDULE in a day at home every week. Might not be a full day but pretty close-that happens every week. I know what days I'm going to the gym. On those days, Bowen is home with me and I try to be back home so that he can lay down for a nap by 1:00. Anything I do before then, I plan and know that I really only have a couple hours in between gym and nap time. Lunch with friends, trip to the grocery store, or a post office run...always planned. Usually I try to fit in something that's just for me during the week. (I do this while Bowen's at school.) Might be a trip to the mall or lunch with a girlfriend. Also depending on my work load for the week-I can get up earlier to get more work done in the morning or cut out anything extra I'd LIKE to do. Does it always work out? Absolutely not! We have crazy days and lazy days like everyone else, but for the most part it helps me get things done and have some fun time as well.
#2 Write It Down
I either have a freakishly good memory. Like you'll tell me a story and I'll remember crazy details about it from years ago OR I remember absolutely nothing. I apparently have two levels. There's no in-between. So-in order to keep myself sane-I WRITE IT DOWN. I have a little TO-DO list going at all times in the "notes" section on my phone. I always have my phone with me, so my list is always there as well. If it's not written down, I'll probably forget. But if it's on a list, then I have a mission! It helps me be way more successful at getting things done.
#3 Be Realistic
I have to be realistic with myself about how much time I have to get things done. If I want to reorganize my pantry, clean out closets, and paint the guest bedroom it's going to take me a while. I try to choose one thing at a time to get completed when I'm working on "extra" projects. Just be realistic with how much time you have and plan accordingly. Or be willing to cancel some things for the week so you can get a big project finished.
I know nothing I just shared was earth-shattering, but it's what works for me. If you have any helpful time management tips, please share. We'd all love to hear. :)
Thanks, ladies! XOXO