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Back to School…or Not…Either Way, It’s About Time

It’s that time of year again!

Summer is over, temperatures are dropping, and the school bus is flying by my house as my kids make their own groggy way downstairs for breakfast. (I think my favorite homeschool perk is sleeping in.  At least, it’s my favorite at 7:00 every morning.  My favorite perk changes throughout the day.)

But whether your kids are in their pajamas or on that school bus, the way your day goes has a lot to do with your time management.

Seriously, do you want to put out fires all day?  Or do you want to feel good about what you’ve done?

Yeah, I thought so.

So here’s a quick little post with a few principles of time management for you to consider, learn from, laugh at, however it strikes you.

One Hat at a Time

Back in the day, a profession was known by its hat.  It’s still like this today to some extent: fire fighters, police officers, etc.  When you are at work, you wore a certain hat.

Benjamin Franklin was known to have multiple hats because he worked in multiple capacities.  But here’s the thing: he didn’t wear more than one hat at a time.  And he was known as being a pretty smart fellow and getting things done.  In fact, he did things that changed the world.

As a mom, you are doing things that could change the world.  But do you know what is going to keep you from doing it?  Wearing all of your hats at once.

Think about all of the roles you fulfill on any given day.  Typically you have the responsibilities of mom, teacher, chef, nurse, confidant, wife, home manager, etc, etc, etc.  The problem is, we feel like we have to be all of these all of the time, and we really just don’t.

You know that phrase, “A place for everything, and everything in its place?”  Well, there’s also, “A time for everything, and everything in its time.

Sure, everyone keeps telling us that we’re so good at multitasking – and we are, don’t get me wrong – but juggling multiple things at once will come naturally on its own.  We don’t need to add things to it just because we’re good at it.

Take a look at you typical day, and see if you can designate chunks of time for performing certain roles.

A typical day for me looks like this:

  • 7:00-9:00: Chef, then Home manager (getting ready for the day)
  • 9:00-12:00: Teacher (school time)
  • 12:00-1:00: Chef, then Confidant (lunch)
  • 1:00-3:00: Home manager (cleaning time)
  • 3:00-5:00: Business owner (work while kids play outside)

I’m don’t work on business during school time, and I don’t work on school during cleaning time.  Before I finish each role for the day, I make sure I’m ready to work on that role the next day so I can hit the ground running.

Mother Jobs Count

But with all of these roles, you may ask when it’s time to be a mother.

That’s easy: it’s all the time.  THIS is what it means to multitask.  No matter what other role I’m performing during the day, I’m a mother first and foremost.  If my kids need me to talk to them about deep things during school, I talk to them.  If someone needs to snuggle when I’m supposed to be cooking, I do my best to snuggle them.

Most of the time, you fulfill your role of mother by just being there and loving your kids, but sometimes it takes more than that.

Sometimes you end up in the ER with your little one and you “don’t get anything done.”

Sometimes your child has an especially emotional day and you just need to put things on hold while you hold them.

Sometimes there’s a road crew in front of your house and you spend the day watching it with your kids.

Part of being a mother is the ability to be flexible.  You get to adjust things based on the needs of your family.  And everything you do as a mother counts, whether it was on your to-do list or not.

So there you have it: a very basic overview on how to really start to take your day and rock it!  I do teach a whole course on time management as part of the Foundational Course Series (which you can do one course at a time or get it all with a membership), because how you handle your time has such an impact on how you home is run.

Good luck!

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