Time management has been a long and hard journey for me throughout the past few years. I have had to learn to let go of some of the control I had and allow others to help me with daily tasks in order to find the time that was needed for new and more important tasks. In the long run time management paid off and I would recommend that everyone work towards a schedule through time management.
During the last trimester of pregnancy with my second child I started on a quest towards time management. I had to make some changes and reevaluate where my time was needed and how I could better manage my time. After being told by my obstetrician that I needed to take a time out and slow down or be put on bed rest I decided to make a schedule. I then enlisted the help of my husband and oldest son. My oldest son was eight years old at the time and had a few easy chores that he needed to keep up with on a regular basis, but was getting to the point that he was old enough to handle more chores. So my time management process began!
My son began taking on more responsibilities like dusting the house once a week, putting away his own clothes, and unloading the dishwasher. My husband began helping cook dinner three to four days each week and also helped with the laundry. These chores that I was able to delegate freed up a lot of time for me, but didn’t add an enormous amount of time to my husband or son’s days. Time management became a part of all our lives. We each had a schedule that we followed daily and weekly.
The biggest time management challenge I had during the delegation process was relinquishing control. I had a hard time letting my husband fold the clothes when it wasn’t exactly to my standards. I was tempted to re-fold all of the tee shirts because he didn’t fold them exactly the way that I did. My house wasn’t as dust-free as I expected it to be when I dusted, but the house wasn’t covered with a layer of dust either. It took a while for me to realize that the time management process that I was going through and the schedules I had created would free up a lot of time for the entire family. I had to learn to just accept the help and allow things to be less than perfect.
Time management has become a priority in our house, and I now have weekly and daily schedules of when things need to get done to help with my time management. My daily schedule includes things like making the bed and doing one load of laundry. My weekly schedule is a list of activities that I do on a weekly basis on the same day each week. Monday’s are my cleaning days, Tuesdays are days spent finishing any extra schoolwork, Wednesdays I prepare next weeks dinner menu and grocery list and balance the checkbook, Thursdays I go grocery shopping and run errands, Fridays are days to clean out the cars and pay bills, and Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for family time. My children have learned the art of time management and how time management will benefit their lives for years to come.
Time management and keeping a schedule provides me with a sense of familiarity and helps keep me focused on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. I also keep a journal with my schedules inside so that if I become unable to keep up with my routine anyone can look at my schedule and be able to help out. This came in very helpful a few months after my second child was born and I needed to have hand surgery. Time management has helped me to not only manage my time and days, but also my family as well!