So among my many hats, I also run a blog for local mommies in my area called MommiesoftheValley.com
Last week, my dear friend Kristine wrote up a FANTASTIC post, The Bug Me List, on time management. She is a busy homeschooling mama of two, plus a work from home Independent Consultant with Mary Kay, so she knows what she’s talking about!
Today, I’m happy to share some of Kristine’s tips and tricks for managing tasks as homemakers, mommies, wifeys, and savvy business woman. (For the original article, click here).
THE BUG ME LIST by Kristine Balasic
This past Mother’s Day my thirteen year old daughter made me a sweet card with an acrostic for the word Mother on the front. My favorite letter was the letter T as she wrote Timely. Time is that precious gift from God that can’t be bought at a store or online. Time has no prejudices. We are each given the same 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 365 days in a year. Do you ever wish you could just stretch your 24/7 or receive a bonus hour or two? Well, you are not alone!
I work-from-home as an Independent Future Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics and am a homeschool mother of two who loves to yard sale, renovate our new home and coupon. I find summer an especially challenging time to manage because we don’t have the normal school schedule, and our schedule is interrupted with spontaneous friend dates, sleepovers, and travel. It seems in a blink the summer is over before it even started!
If you are like me your to do list, goal list and bucket list are longer than your day or week! Here are some great tips I’ve learned from my training through business and from other homeschool moms that help me give some type of order to my month, week, and day even during the summer.
When I’m really overwhelmed and have lots of irons in the fire, I will take a sheet of notebook paper and write down my “bug me” list. I will literally go from room to room in the house and write down everything that is “bugging me” that I’d like done from laundry, fixing a piece of furniture, hanging curtains, etc. Then I’ll add all of the other things to my “bug me” list like scheduling appointments, dishes, organizing a room, meal planning or cooking for a friend whose been ill etc. From this list I can then prioritize what needs done today, what I can do, and what I can delegate. I usually try to prayerfully prioritize by my values of faith, family and income producing activities and then what helps my family such as couponing, organizing etc. From this list, I then make a weekly schedule.
My weekly schedule is flexible as appointments change, kids get sick and life happens. I schedule my quiet time first, then our schooling time, my work time and then any extra activities. I can get a bit OCD on this and color coordinate using blue for faith and family, yellow for school, green for income producing time, and pink for training/professional growth. Perhaps you can relate, or you may be smiling with me…yep…a little OCD.
Each evening or first thing in the morning after my quiet time, I will take time to write out the six most important things to do list. I start with what’s left over from the prior day or with my least favorite task and put that at the top of my list! I can’t move forward to anything else on the list until that is finished!
Just like managing your finances, your education, your health and fitness, it’s the little daily disciplines that will reward you with the time to invest more into what’s important to you. Here’s one of many free links you can use to plan your work and then work your plan.
If you have a great time saving tip or link that’s helped you stretch your 24/7, we’d love have you share!
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Kristine is a homeschooling mom of two and an Independent Future Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Support Kristine here: http://www.marykay.com/kbalasic/