How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.Annie Dillard
I love this quote from Annie Dillard. I don’t take this to mean that we have to schedule out every minute of our lives, but we can schedule out the core activities that make family life run smoother and then we can actually have more unscheduled time. This is the true art to time management!
In this episode of the podcast I talk through this post from a few year ago 10 Time Management Tips For Parents, sharing examples from my life and from the experience I have gained from taking mothers through the Planned + Present E -course.
I talk through the following tips:
- Menu Plan
- Spend Time Teaching The Children Tasks
- Create A System For Managing Paperwork
- Allocate Time For Yourself
- Prepare In Advance
- Play With The Kids
- Have Routines
- Keep A To Do List
- Delegate / Share Tasks
- Communicate With Your Partner