4 Steps For Time Management
We are closing out January and I have stayed pretty consistent with my goals for the new year. This last goal has been the most difficult to maintain and will take the most effort but will have the greatest return, I think.
Time Management. As moms we learn to multitask in a whole new way. We have schedules to keep and humans to feed and chores to be completed and at some point we need to practice self care. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. When I stop and evaluate my day, am I really making the best use of my time?
Here are 4 Steps For Better Time Management that I am implementing:
1. Do not over-commit. Busy-ness is a great distractor. A full calendar feels productive, but how much focus and energy are you able to allot to each task? By limiting commitments, you are able to give more attention to each endeavor. I have learned that family time at home is crucial in the development of strong bonds and life skills. To protect our family time I had to say no to some extra curricular activities. You know what happened? Someone else stepped up and happily filled my role. I learned the beauty in slowing down.
2. Make plans. This seems to contradict the previous step, but making the right plans helps keep you focused. When I am in Bible study or at a play date, I am recharging my spiritual and emotional batteries. I am investing in others and allowing them to invest in me. For me, these commitments also promote a sense of urgency to complete Bible study lessons or to clean the house for visitors. Making plans keeps me accountable in accomplishing my other goals.
3. Prioritize self-care. I love to read, but young children do not always allow leisure time for read. Not only is reading enjoyable for me, but it also develops me as a mother, wife, and human. I have reclaimed my reading time for this year. What is a hobby of yours? It might be reading or writing or sewing or playing field hockey. Find something just for you and prioritize that time. I take advantage of when the boys are playing nicely together to sit down with my book. When I am nursing the baby I pull up my Kindle app. I choose to prioritize my own self care and development.
4. Put the phone down. Why it is so hard to disconnect? I can make excuses: I use my phone to write, pay bills, order diapers and detergent, check in on friends, read, and watch This is Us. So I can’t completely unplug. But how many times have I picked it up for one task and an hour later I’ve read a few news articles and watched a few kitten videos? It is a time waster and more often than not, it puts me in a foul mood with all the negativity and blame shifting. I have resolved to put the phone down when the boys get home from school so that I am more involved in their world instead of cyber world. I am mostly unsuccessful, but I found such encouragement from my friend, Taylor from Coffee&Candor. Read her post about unplugging here.
Time Management. How else am I going to accomplish my goals of finding a quiet time, properly managing our finances, living more healthfully, and being present in my relationships? So this is the goal of goals, the goal from which all other goals will be realized.
“And whatever you do, in word of deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
Is God glorified when I watch five TV episodes back to back on Netflix? Is God glorified when I am so busy and rushed that I snap at my kids? Is God glorified when I am more concerned about how many likes my picture will get than the lost souls I encounter at the grocery store?
My focal verse for 2018: “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
By learning to manage my time better, I hope I will lead a much more fruitful life. All of these goals stem from my life goal: to bring glory to God and to know Him and make Him known. Making the most of the time He has given me is a great place to start.
What is the greatest drain on your time?