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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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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