Now that the kids are back to school and the holiday peaking around the corner, busy moms need to find a way to manage themselves and their brood.
The term “double day” has been used to describe the dual work responsibilities that many women have. Here are some time management strategies all moms can use.
1. Negotiate: For working moms one of the keys is to negotiate with employers about adapting their work routines and work hours to accommodate domestic necessities, sick children or home matters that require their attention. Solutions such as job sharing, telecommuting and results based work are examples.
2. Make Activities Routine: To help keep the family on schedule develop checklists for kids to use as a reminder to get things done. For example a morning chart might include get up, wash face, brush teeth, comb hair, dress, eat breakfast, get school lunch money, get backpack, kiss family good-bye, and catch the bus.
3. Create A Team: Get the kids involved in the house work by making it part of their family job. For example, having the kids help you pick up their toys before lunch/supper will not only get your house clean faster, you are teaching your children good habits and spending time with them all at the same time.
4. Multitask Chores: Arrange errands and chores so that many can be completed simultaneously, thereby eliminating extra trips. Doing the laundry while fixing dinner is one example of multitasking chores. Picking up dry cleaning and doing the grocery shopping while a child takes a music lesson is another.
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Karen Leland is the bestselling author of six books including Time Management In An Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day. She is the co-founder of Sterling Consulting Group, which helps organizations and individuals learn how to fight distraction and find their focus in a wired world. For more information please contact: [email protected]
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