Do you sometimes feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day? You’re an achiever, a motivated working woman – but it’s just so difficult to find the time to put healthy food on your family’s table, keep the clothes clean, catch the bus to get to work punctually AND enjoy relaxing time with your nearest and dearest?
If you’re feeling like a non-success at juggling the pressures of career and family, make some changes! Turn your juggling into a system. Adopt just three clever time management techniques and you’ll become successful at finding that daily balance in your lifestyle.
After all, “Either you run the day or the day runs you”. — Jim Ron (American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker)
Time Management using the “Split Morning and Night” Technique
Are you a morning person? Some of you may be “morning people”, others not. For those of you who are early risers, try spending the morning hours working on your top-priority projects or personal tasks that you’ve put off for a long time. The rationale is that your energy levels tend to be at their highest level before noon. You are full of beans as your mind awakes from a good night’s sleep, and your thoughts are clutter-free. During these hours, you can efficiently and effectively finish off an intense task requiring complex thinking.
However, if you are the type of person who cannot wake up at sunrise, try using the “split morning and night” technique. With this procedure, you will be able to work the same number of hours each day, but under a special condition: you do not work continuously during only one phase of a day. You work one half of your daily hours in the morning and the other half at night. This way, you can wake up later than the “morning people” but you still work the same number of hours as they do on any given day.
A particular highlight of this technique is that you can enjoy some quality time with your family – in both daytime and night-time hours – with more flexibility to match their schedules.
The “Counting Seconds” Time Management Technique
Women juggling both family and work often feel pressured, especially at times when there are deadlines approaching for projects or errands. One way to address this problem is to keep an eye on the time you usually spend doing different activities each day. In doing this, you will be able to discern the difference between the time you spend on significant activities and the time you spend on less valuable activities.
The “counting seconds” technique will also prevent you from loading up your plate with more than you can realistically handle. It will help you to lead a much healthier, happier and balanced life with less stress. So you can enjoy doing the things you most desire. Some of the methods you use to keep tabs on your time can be log-keeping, using an organiser or utilising smartphone apps.
If you choose to maintain a log, make sure you plan ahead. I propose that you divide any given task into the hours needed daily over the course of a week to accomplish it. (Keep in mind that you have 168 hours a week rather than 24 hours a day.) You can set clock alarms to ensure that you are adhering to the amount of time you have allocated for each task. This type of method will reinforce the healthy balance that is so essential to your life.
If you prefer an app solution, I suggest you take a look at RescueTime. Available as a 14-day free trial, followed-up by a $9/month fee, this app will definitely help you identify and eliminate the hours you spend on unnecessary activities.
“Taking Beneficial Breaks” as a Time Management Technique
Breaks are crucial in every woman’s busy day-to-day life. This is because as a day unfolds, our energy levels begin to fall drastically. According to Brigid Schulte, author of the book Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, our capability to focus over a time lasts for only 90 minutes. Therewith it follows that you should work on something in 30-, 45- and 90-minute rhythms — and then take a break. Don’t think that taking a break will be a waste of time. Taking breaks can be beneficial. If you spend some break-time exercising, you will sleep better at night and have longer-lasting energy. It all adds up to attaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
If you are too busy to take “real” breaks, then take “fake” breaks. Fake breaks include checking your phone messages, social media messages and emails. Apply the 6, 12 and 6 rule: check for 20 minutes at 6am, 12pm and again at 6pm.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in