Organization tips to manage your time wisely

Organization tips to manage your time wisely

Time management is something that applies to all of us. If you ever get the feeling that you just can't get it all done, then you need to start by writing down your schedule for every day for the week. 

Making a schedule

Write down the time, the activity and how long you spent on it. Include everything, including your morning routine, making meals, driving kids around, grocery shopping and even choosing clothes. After a few days, you might start to see a pattern and some events you spend too much time completing or others you need to spend more time on.

For instance, if it is taking you 20 minutes in the morning to choose what to wear, then you may want to consider choosing an outfit in the evening. Pay close attention to tasks that waste time or take longer than they should to complete. 

If you are a morning person, the evening should not be the time you are trying to make a multitude of decisions. Leave that for afternoon or morning. The same goes for those who are not morning people. Make those decisions in the evening. Continue to look at your schedule and the events you're spending time on during the day.

Begin trimming the fat

Once you have a good idea of your days and weeks, sit down and decide what you can let go of and what can be tweaked. If you are spending two hours a day reading the paper, can you reduce that to just the main parts and then watch the local or national news? 

Don't save the papers and think you will read them all later, as that trick never works. Your goal is to add some time to your schedule to fit more pertinent events in. You might decide that you need help in some areas, such as cleaning or grocery shopping. Maybe you need to arrange more carpooling for your kid’s practices or parties.

You can’t do it all

Do not feel bad if you have to miss one or two games during the season. It happens and kids adjust much easier than we think. Do not be afraid to ask for help. 

Maybe you cannot afford a cleaning service every week or every other, but once a month could be more manageable. Delegate some of the chores to others and don't try to be super mom or dad, as that will just wear you down and get less done. 

If you are going to the grocery store every day, spending a little time planning the week of meals out will help you cut your time at the grocery store down. Spending a little time and planning ahead will award you with more time in the long run.

Finally, learn to say “no.” Do not feel the urge to say “yes” to every task someone asks you to take on or help with. Sometimes you just have to say your schedule currently does not allow you to add the time and maybe the next project you can help on.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Julie Riber is the owner of Transformare, providing home organizational services in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2004, Transformare has specialized in paper clutter, basements, garages, kids rooms, play areas, closet system installation and more. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @JulieRiber.

As of March 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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