Time Management

Think About It

Category: Time Management

Do not give an answer when asked to volunteer or help with something until you've had at least 24 hours to pray about it and decide whether it is the best way to use your time to serve the Lord in light of family and personal time commitments. Give yourself permission to say "no" but if the answer is "yes" then make sure it's the best so you are not over committed and feel stressed and pinched for time.

Don't Delay

Category: Time Management

 If you think about doing something, then just do it! Don't delay it if you can help it, because you will probably forget what it is you want to do almost immediately. If you can't do it right away, jot it down somewhere that you will look (i.e. not a random piece of paper or mail) - I have a "To Do" list on my iTouch that I use.

Morning Alarm

Category: Time Management

Every morning I have an alarm set for ten minutes before we have to leave. I put it in a place where everyone can hear it. Everyone knows that when that alarm goes off that it is time to turn lights off, put on shoes, coats, and be ready to walk out the door. I don't even have to say a word. It has made it a much calmer and peaceful start to our days.

Alarm Clock

Category: Time Management

Set your alarm 10 earlier than when you had planned on getting up, that way you can hit snooze and go back to bed. When you wake up the second time it will be easier to get up because you feel like you have slept longer. I don't know the science behind it but it has always worked for me and my family.

To-Do List

Category: Time Management

Make a to do list each night for the day ahead and most importantly number them list in order of when they should get done. It's a good 'mind clearing' exercise before bed AND, the biggest thing for me is the numbering. No matter what the next day holds, I can look at my list that I already thought out in order of priority and just tackle the next thing!! It really makes a huge difference!

Picking out Outfits

Category: Time Management

Every Sunday afternoon or evening I pick out and iron 5 outfits for the week. This saves time and frustration each morning looking for the matching pieces and wondering if something is clean or dirty. I am a teacher and started doing this when I subbed. I could be called only minutes before I needed to be at school, and I subbed at many different schools with different starting times. It worked so well I continued doing it even when I got a full time job.

Get Up Early

Category: Time Management

It may sound simple but it works WONDERS! I get up 15 minutes earlier than I "need" to. This gives me some quiet moments with the Lord and starts me off with more positive energy for the day ahead! I also do not have the morning "rush" feeling.

Cook Dinner in the Morning

Category: Time Management

Cooking dinner in the morning simplifies the evening time with small children. Then dinner can always be ready quickly even with whiny kids!

Buy in Bulk

Category: Time Management

Buy meat in bulk such as hamburger and brown and freeze in 1 lb portions that way when you want tacos or need browned hamburger it's there. Saves a lot of time. You can buy a rotisserie chicken, shred it or cut it cubes for chicken salad, soup or whatever recipe calls for cooked chicken. The extra flavor really adds a lot to recipes. When fruit is on sale I cut up berries and put them in containers for smoothies.

A Calm Morning

Category: Time Management

Do as much as you can the night before to ensure a calmer morning - layout clothes, prepare backpacks, make lunches, ect.