Time management… ugh. I really struggle with it. Who doesn’t right? Yet I know there are people out there who have worked hard to get their time under control. I can say I’m working hard on it myself, but I still don’t have it mastered. I am better at it then I was a year ago, though.
One of the things I think makes it hard for me to manage my time is a little something called perfectionism. I am greatly plagued by it. So much so, that when I believe I cannot complete a task perfectly I put it off. This often means it never gets done at all.
For instance, I have a 3rd blog post in a series called “New Baby” that I want to write and post. But it feels like it has to be just right, and since I don’t feel like I can write it perfectly until I am in the right frame of mind, I haven’t even started on it.
So instead, I decided to write this blog, which is actually a very good step in the right direction for me. I’m writing, and that is the goal ultimately.
Anyway, back to the topic of time management. My husband and I own a business. I oversee the administrative side of things from home. I also have a five-year-old, who I homeschool, and an infant. Needless to say, I stay quite busy.
In April, I hired an office/personal assistant to help me with the day-to-day. She comes in and does things around the house, helps with the kids, and also answers the phones for our business, as well as many other things. She has been a godsend!
Yet I still struggle to keep my house clean and the meals prepared. I have implemented a few different things that have helped a lot.
Something I have recently signed up for is a meal planning program called Prep Dish. Each Friday, I receive an email with the meal plan, the grocery list and the preparation instructions. That, along with the Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup app, has been a game changer for meal time!
I also use Amazon Subscribe and save for paper goods and household items that we need to restock regularly in our home. It works great for things like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and even dog food!
Another app that is really helpful for me is called Productive. It is a habit building app that allows you to check your daily and weekly habits off of a list as you complete them. It tracks the habits and you can earn badges and celebrate when you reach a goal. It really has made a difference with making the beds and cleaning up the kitchen just to name a few.
Something I have learned is that managing my time will never come easily, but with a little bit of work and determination, it can be conquered. And, just like the popular sports brand says, “just do it!”