How to Manage Your Time and Organize Daily Activities

How to Manage Your Time and Organize Daily Activities is written to give you ideas on how to take control of your time and make your schedule do what you tell it to do.

How to Manage Your Time and Organize Daily Activities

There are only so many hours in a day and as women, wives and moms, we have to figure out to best delegate that time effectively. Everything in life is pulling at our time. Between jobs, family, personal care and the needs of others we can end up feeling like we don’t have enough time.

I realized long ago that obligation can become sort of a slave master if I allow it. There is no end to the amount of things that need to be done that why it is your job to give task a stoping point. It’s your job to set up boundaries identifying when a certain activity has gotten as much of your time as you can give at the moment.

To keep my time in check I regularly conduct a time audit. The audit is to help me identify what I’m giving my time to.

Sometime ago when I did a time audit I was able to clearly see where my time was going throughout the day. I could see if I was giving ample time or not to the things and people that were important to me.

How do I figure out how much time I give to an activity?

I use my daily planner sheet to help me see how much time I devote to a task daily. After using my sheets for a month I can clearly see how much time went to each of the following categories on average. Some days I spent a little more or a little less time.

  • Prayer, Devotions, Bible Study (30 minutes)

  • Blog Social Media (60 minutes)

  • Daily Planning (30 minutes)

  • Shower, Breakfast & Kitchen Chores (40 minutes)

  • Gym (90 minutes)

  • Laundry & Start Dinner (30 minutes)

  • Blogging/Work (4 hours)

  • Finish Dinner (30 minutes)

  • House & Kitchen Chores (30 minutes)

  • FREE TIME

  • HYGEINE/PRAYERS

  • BEDTIME

This is my schedule Monday through Thursday while Friday’s and the weekends are a bit different.

Your schedule will be different depending on your obligations, but if you want to figure out where your time is going and get it under control here’s where to start.

How to Manage Your Time and Organize Daily Activities

  1. Find a way to track your daily activities. I use my daily planner sheets for this. Every day for a month, I wrote down what I need to do each day and at what time using the time slots on the planner. For each activity I stuck as close as possible to the start and end time.

    TIP: Use a timer for your activities and try not to multitask.

  2. At the end of the month, tally up your tasks to see how much time you spent and average it out over the number of days in the month.

  3. Write a list of all of your daily tasks and note how much time you used. If you felt you were rushing through some tasks or having leftover time, make adjustments.

    I’ve been doing this a long time so I pretty much know how much time I need to complete daily chores, exercise and dinner. With time you’ll start to see some patterns and consistency also.

Once you have your schedule mapped out by time you can pretty much follow it daily. I write each activity in my planner and block off that time with a highlighter. I use the highlighted space to write in what I plan to do during that tie period specifically. You can see some examples here in my planner tour video.

This has been my go-to method for managing my time for over a decade now. It’s helped me maintain order in my day, managing my home, business and keep life balanced. If you try it and run into problems let just email me.

If you have questions on time management leave them in the comments.

What is your biggest struggle with managing your time?

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Comments

  1. says

    These are great tips! I find that being a good manager of my time is so important as a momma and as a business owner! I need to keep myself on task and not allow too many distractions into my life. That said, as a momma of littles there are definitely times that I need to put my to-do list aside and give my boys the attention and love that they are seeking.

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  2. says

    Such great tips! I too am a big planner person and I keep my planner and lists daily. I do have to account for wiggle room, having 6 children and homeschooling. But it does help knowing I have a routine.

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  3. Dana says

    This is such a great breakdown. I’ve always tried to save more time, but I’ve never thought to examine it like this! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. says

    I have such a hard time sticking to my plan. I sit down and divvy up my time to my tasks but I always end up distracted or have something come up that throws a wrench in my plans. I love the idea of using a timer. Maybe that will help!

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  5. says

    Loved this!! I would definitely say my biggest struggle with time management is sticking to my “relaxation” time instead of trying to get ahead with the rest of my tasks! Thankfully, I am learning! ?

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  6. says

    I love the idea of doing a time audit. I like that you treat time the same way we are taught to treat and track money when trying to get financially stable. In order to save more money you have to know where it’s going and track it and in order to save time you have to do the same! This is great! I definitely need this! Thank you! God Bless!

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  7. says

    Great tips! A time audit always helps me find places I waste time. I find ways to be more intentional with my schedule. It also makes me accountable to myself. I don’t want to write down “30 min on Facebook” so I don’t log in and start scrolling!

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  8. says

    Deciding how much time I want to devote to a task, setting a timer for that amount of time, and devoting that time to solely that one task has been the biggest productivity trick I’ve discovered this year. It’s funny – it was taught to me as a kid and I despised the constraint, but rediscovered it as an adult and I’m so thankful ?

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    A Proverbs Wife Reply:

    That’s a great strategy Robin. I do that when I’m working on blog stuff. I devote for hours a day to managing my blogs and have to be focused to get things done in such a short time. Great tip!

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