Ducks 'n a Row: Time Management for Busy Moms

14 October 2012

Time Management for Busy Moms

By Sinea Pies

Time management is something we'd all like to do better.  24 hours in a day go way too quickly. How do we fit more in, do better with what we've got, and enjoy our lives along the way?



Here are some tips on how to get the most out of every day:

Use a calendar.  Whether electronic or paper, calendars are essential for scheduling and keeping appointments, remembering important events and not double-booking yourself.

Make a list.  To do lists, grocery lists, task lists...lists can keep you on track and focus your efforts.

Get ready to wait.  What do I mean by that?  Be prepared with something to do while you're waiting.  Remember what I said about Marie's Mom Backpack plan in the post Tote Bags for Busy Moms?  She has enough stuff packed in her car to camp out overnight, if she has to. No wasted time for this smart lady.


What can you be doing, while  you are waiting?  In the kitchen, while you wait for the microwave to sound or a pot on the stove to boil, put a few things away or do a few leg lifts while you stand at the counter.


Waiting at the tire shop or doctor's office?  Time to catch up on some valuable emails or answer some that have been longing for attention.  

How about the wait for your child to get out of ball practice? Clip some coupons, write a grocery list or catch up with your other children who are with you in the car. Do they carry messages from school in their book-bags? Explore the contents while you're sitting there. Plan ahead and use that "waiting time" well.


There are so many ways to save time and manage it wisely.  What do you do to maximize your time and schedule?  We'd love to know.


Prepare for time changes! Who thought of Daylight Savings Time and what do you think of it?  Personally, I love it and hate it all at the same time.  It took me years to manage the "fall back" day, which has been moved from October to November.  

It always seemed so LONG, until I realized that I needed to SLEEP that extra hour. What a luxury to get that extra hour of sleep and then the daytime hours didn't seem so long.                                             


*Benjamin Franklin first suggested the concept. In World War I, Germany adopted it.  The U.S. passed a law in 1918 standardizing when clocks would be turned forward and back but it was purely voluntary, by state.  At least they'd be changing on the same day, if they chose to change.  Can you imagine the nightmare with travel if it wasn't the same day?


During World War II it became mandatory for all states to participate in Daylight Savings Time, as an energy saving effort.  After the war ended, it became optional once more.  For more: Daylight Savings Time 2012.  


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Time by Salvatore Vuono on Freedigital Photos
Benjamin Franklin on Flickr Creative Commons uploaded by elycefeliz

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