It is not easy to be a single parent, juggling the roles of parent, wage earner, and housekeeper to name just a few. If you are struggling to manage your time, these simple yet effective tips are for you.
Start with the basic tools- a pen, a calendar, and a notepad. List your to-dos and sort them in priority order on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the urgency of what must be accomplished. This organization will take your mind off the less important things while ensuring you don’t forget anything crucial.
Choose Peace, not Perfection
Trying to be a perfectionist with everything as a single parent is a big NO! You will only add to your stress and anxiety by being too much of a critic for yourself. Instead, relax and know that you are good enough. Choose peace of mind over sparkling windows and spotless floors.
Harmonize your Home
Declutter your life and save precious time that is easily lost while searching for the keys. Designate a spot for all important things like phone chargers, umbrellas, wallet, sunglasses, etc. and make sure you put them back in their places. This organization will save hours and provide much-needed stress relief.
Use your free time wisely
If your child is off to your former spouse’s place, get some rest. Take time out for yourself, too. You deserve fun and relaxation. Whenever you get a chunk of unclogged time, use it for yourself!
Get your groceries delivered
Food shopping is time-consuming and there is nothing worse than waiting in line at the grocery store after a long hard day at work. Sign up for delivery service and make your life easier.
Keep some work in the car
A lot of your time is consumed while waiting in the car for kids to finish their activities. You can better utilize this time by paying bills, writing notes, or just relaxing. You’ll be amazed at how smart use of these tiny bits of time can really pay off.
Prioritize and say ‘NO’
You don’t need to attend all PTA meetings, volunteer every time you are asked or take on extra projects at work. Saying no to anything that comes second on your priority list will be difficult at first, but rewarding later. You will save yourself from a lot of unwanted hassle while concentrating on your job, children, and yourself.
Step away from the Web
Surfing the Internet is a huge time consumer and most often yields nothing of significance. Take time out for casual surfing only once a day and be strict with yourself. Consider setting a timer to help in this effort. Before you know it, the Internet can lure you into spending hours at a stretch doing nothing but scrolling through useless pieces of information. Save yourself!
Effective time management is all about the organization, prioritization, and optimization of time. Once you start following these practical tips, you will be left with more time to focus on those things that really matter to you!
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