Time Management

I don’t know if it is the fact that it has rained almost every day for the past week – or what but I am really struggling --- I don’t know why but I have been evaluating a lot of things lately and feel I am lacking in so many areas -

You know how some people would use their one and only wish for money? I would use it for time.
(don’t get me wrong – a huge wad of cash on my doorstep would totally rock) but really – having a couple extra hours every evening after I put the kiddos to bed would be totally awesome!

It would be awesome if I had 9:00 (2 extra hours) and then 10:00! I could get so much done and still get my bootie to bed at a decent time – because you know when I have to make extra time – sleep always goes first. sadly.

Between my 21 month old and my 6 month old; breakfast, lunch, dinner – in-between feeding; helping my husband with his company; dishes; laundry and all the other cleaning chores (that get neglected more than they should); church responsibilities; trying to be a good wife, mom, daughter, sister, neighbor – person; yard work, babysitting, sleeping – not to mention social time, blogging, crafting and personal me time –and I should probably throw in some exercise - I always feel like I am lacking somewhere.

I need some time management skills -

And trust me – I am not sitting around watching TV, eating candy and wondering where the time went. Unless you count the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the bowl of M&M’s I have on the table that I keep snacking on – (hence why I should exercise!) while I take a couple minutes to type this up! 

I know I am not the only person who feels like this -

and I know there are people out there who are time management masters!

How do you guys manage your time? How do you get everything on your list done?
What are some of your best kept time management secrets?

Help a frazzled girl out, will ya?

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katie said...

I find that my day seems to go a lot better if I set my alarm to wake me 30mins before the kids usuall, then I can get a lot of the little day to day things done or go for a run. I use flylady to help keep on top of the housework too :)

Angie said...

I am a habitual list maker. I find if I have certain things I need/want to accomplish it's more likely to happen if it's written down. Otherwise I get overwhelmed thinking about or trying to remember what I needed to do. Works for me.

Sims Family said...

Don't stress too much on the things you haven't finished. Celebrate the things on your list you DID finish! Before you know it the kids will be in school all day and there will be other things stressing you out. :) Just take a deep breath and do the best you can. (I always highlight the most important things on my list for the day and anything else is just bonus!)

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I don't have the answer, I struggle with this myself. I just don't sleep. I go to bed around 2-3 am and get up at 8am. Then on Saturdays or Sundays I take a nap. not the best solution but it works for me (most of the time)

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

No One Does It All Perfectly!!!!! Please remember that,darling girl, and give yourself some space to just be.
Two babies at once (because that's what you have) is more than most sane people can handle! You are doing brilliantly and should give yourself the credit you deserve. If you back off posting- we will still be here when you do have time. If the house gets neglected for a while- it will keep and be there when you're ready.
You are amazing- friendly, kind and full of wonderful talents and abilities. Don't let the false notion that you should be able to do it all, all at the same time, discourage you. There are times and seasons and this one will pass too quickly. Enjoy every day.

Teresa said...

I use Motivated Mom's. It is a time management calendar that includes the cleaning list for each day. My house stays (surprisingly) clean and I only have to do 4-6 items each day. I highly recommend it to all Mom's that are feeling overwhelmed.

Kristie said...

While I may not be perfect, and having kids makes most things hard, I find if I just motivate myself to get the work done first, and try to keep up on it, my days seem to go by quickly. And are more enjoyable. You will find a system that works for you. And if it means taking less time here, we will still come and check on you. Enjoy the days, and remember there is always tomorrow for things that don't get done. Good luck!

Karen At Home said...

You wrote exactly what I have been feeling lately! I wish I had some advice for you, just had to let you know how much I can relate. My free time is after bedtime and during naptime too. I hope you are able to find more free time!


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