Good morning my dear Minette
The star of this letter is TIME, the ever-elusive entity. One thing we have to realise is we can’t manage time. We have to manage ourselves to fit a schedule to make the best of our time. Here are 12 management tips for homemakers, to master the time monster.
It is not necessary to achieve them all at once. Select the most important ones for your tasks. Keep the rest in mind, it will be needed at a later stage. Set up a schedule and follow it step by step.
I once read this story about time management many years ago, it had such an impact on me and I would love to share it with you.
12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers
Prioritise Your Time
A philosophy professor, once, decided to teach the students some valuable lessons about Time Management. This is one of such Moral Stories on time management to teach the value of time. So he stood before his class with some items on the table.
When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a big and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in size. He then looked towards the class and asked the students if the jar was full. They all agreed to it that it was full.
So the professor then moved to pick up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar gently. The pebbles, of course, rolled through the gaps between the rocks.
Then again he looked up to the students and asked if the jar was full. They all again shook their heads in agreement.
For the last time, he turned towards a jar, and this time, picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar and shook it lightly. Of course, the sand moved into the gaps and filled up everything else.
He then asked one last time if the jar was full or not. The students were surprised but responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to realise that this jar is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your partner – things that are everything. if nothing remained but only these then your life would still be full.
Pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your career, and your house.
Sand is everything else. The small and unimportant stuff.”
“If you put the sand (unimportant stuff) into the jar first,” he continued “there is no space for the pebbles (career, job) or the rocks (family, children).
Moral of the Story:
The same goes for your life.
If you keep on filling the jar with the sand means if you keep on spending all your time and energy on the pity things. You will never have room for the things that are prime for you.
Pay attention to the things that are valuable to your happiness. Spend some time with your children. Take your partner out for dinner. You will never be out of time to go to work, offer a dinner party, help your spouse in cleaning the house, and fix the disposal.
First and foremost, Focus on the rocks – the things that matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
Interestingly enough, every section of life has its priorities, for instance, your relationships, raising your kids, your social life, house cleaning etc. Find the best way to use every minute of your time.
You can not save time or store it. Once it has gone under the bridge it is wasted, you can never get it back.
12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers
Homemaker’s task in the Family
What is time management in the workplace? Time Management and good planning allow you to do more in a shorter period.
For instance, create systems to fit your lifestyle. You coordinate family affairs.
A good homemaker adapts, tweaks and additionally, rearranges and creates better new systems according to situations. You have to adapt, adopt and renew.
Nothing ever stays the same, therefore, keep improving and keep it functional.
When you decide to become a homemaker, firstly, realise you join a services industry.
You do not serve the public, as in the case of the banks or hospitals, but instead, you are serving your family. This is very different and with its own flexible rules.
With that in mind, it is easy to get excited. Household tasks take on another meaning.
Fill your days with enthusiasm and joy, because your task enhances the quality of your family.
Unfortunately, some housewives are just plain lazy and not to mention, the bad reputation it gives a stay-at-home Mom.
In any other career, there are also the lazy self-centred people, who take the shortest cut to get a job done. They can never be a good team player, Success depends on your habits and the kind of person you are. A loser is unhappy and most of all finds it hard to change.
12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers
How to manage time wisely
Not only committed to getting the job done but to the best of your ability, also don’t get distracted.
Have an estimated schedule. What will it take to get the task done? In the beginning, do the tasks with a timer to know how long it takes.
A system and a routine ultimately make it easier. Not everybody can do it, but make use of a task board.
Declutter the home one room at a time. Take things away that are standing around and not necessary.
Start your day early. It is amazing to see how much more you get done.
Leave a room as you have found it. It only takes a minute or two to fluff the cushions on the couch and empty the ashtrays. Teach your family the habit to follow that rule. Turn tasks into habits.
12 Time Management Tip For Homemakers
“The first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog.” –
This is the best explanation I have heard when you have a task you loathe. Do it first thing because you will most probably procrastinate on it. Get it out of the way, and the rest will be easy. Mark was a very wise man.
Typical Household Activities
Cleaning of hot spots first thing. Places used frequently, for instance, the bathroom and kitchen.
Now it is time to clean the rest of the house.
Meal planning, preparation.
Food and household shopping once a week.
Be able to fix repairs, alterations and improvements on a basic level. Have a basic toolbox in the kitchen.
Get up early and be done by noon.
Shower and get dressed with care.
If you have kids, keep the afternoon free for school activities.
12 Time Management Tips For Homemakers
* Responsibility Corner.
To keep everybody updated with all activities at home it is good to create a central information station. It should be centred where everybody has easy access to it, around the kitchen I normally a good place.
Get organised and create a Responsibility Corner in the centre of the busiest area in the home where it is easy to see.
This corner is the heartbeat of a home, where everything happens from. It is …
A central place to keep keys, calendar, and time schedules.
Important notices. Memo of meetings,
Keep track of appointments and events.
List of everybody’s responsibilities.
Have a gratitude section, where everybody should pay daily tribute to something they are grateful for.
Your List for the Day
Start early and do every task properly. However, never go back to a finished job.
Plan ahead. Therefore have a plan B, just in case something out of the ordinary happens. Write it down.
Leave time for the unexpected.
Make a to-do list every day and plan your day accordingly.
Do not stop until a job is done, in other words, feel satisfied.
Eliminate clutter. Make sure an item serves a purpose and above all, fits in its own space.
Have all the tools ready to start a job, therefore, keep cleaning products where it is needed.
Priorities. Do the hard tasks first while you are fresh. It gives satisfaction and makes you feel motivated to do the rest.
Take a 5-minute break in between each task. Pour a glass of cold water or juice and enjoy it, and celebrate what you already have achieved. You will get up energetic and refreshed to do the next task.
Thorough planning and discipline will help, my dear, but still it is not easy. With time all will roll smoothly with wheels well oiled and be done according to your time management system.
To motivate you, have a list of achievement boxes to tick off all you have done for the day.
With experience, you will find new ways to simplify managing your time, my dear. Find ways to make it enjoyable and feel proud of what you accomplish every day. It is a labour of love.
Until next time, take care!