Thriving Mama Thursday- Time managment tips

Halloween is here and gone already.  Christmas gear is popping up all over in stores.  I am thinking about last years plans to tackle holiday shopping through the year, thinking about the home made gift ideas that I could have made ahead.   But rather then panic, I turn to writing: ever a planner, I make a plan, make lists, one step at a time, and try to take it one day at a time (to quote a helpful 12 step recovery motto).

 I was chatting with my good mama friend and neighbor recently, and said  ” I need to make a list of my lists, before I can focus on any one task”.  We laughed, and I still have not made a list of my lists, but here are some helpful ways to improve your time management this season! 

  1. Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  2. Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  3. Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  4. Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity  (when is as important as what).
  5. Practice the art of selective neglect: Let go of less important tasks.
  6. Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  7. Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  8. If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
  9. Ask for help and delegate.
  10. In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so you can focus on family or self care.
  11. Give yourself credit daily for all that you have accomplished!

Pick a couple of these suggestions that strike you, to ease your stress and enjoy Fall with out coming unhinged!

Peace,
Rachel

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