Time Management

Time Management is something that I don’t do very well at all, I have diaries, online calenders and reminders set up on my phone but yet I still don’t seem to be able to manage my time effectively for some reason.

As I’ve said before on my blog the majority of my time is spent looking after my 10 month old son followed by being a parent to my 13 year old daughter, once my parenting duties are taken care of I have to take care of my home which involves cleaning, ironing, washing and cooking meals for my family.

I volunteer for the Warwickshire NCT branch as a treasurer which takes approximately 5 hours of my time per week, I do various freelance jobs, write two blogs and I’m in the process of writing a cookery book and there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

I had originally planned to go back to University in September 2013 but there was no way that was going to happen and if I’m completely honest I can’t see myself going back this September either which does annoy me a little as I’m worried that the longer I leave it the harder it will be to go back.  This past year I have been earning a decent wage from the freelance work that I do and going back to university will mean that I have to give that up so I have a lot of thinking to do.

I recently got rid of my badly organised desk and moved our country style dining table into the study so I had a spacious area to work from, it currently resembles a junk yard as I choose to live my life in chaos and my working space seems to bare the brunt of this.  I thought that by having a larger space to work from on an evening that I would get more work done, what really happens is that I spend half of my time trying to tidy up the mess I made the evening before and spend the second half of my time looking for the scraps of paper that contain my notes, once that has been completed I’m far too tired to work never mind blog.  Did I mention that Arthur doesn’t sleep through meaning I usually sleep 5 hours max a night and we’re up at 5am for the day?

The NHS have some good tips that I really should put into practice,  I particularly like the 4 D’s

  • Delete: half of the emails you get can probably be deleted immediately.
  • Do: if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly.
  • Delegate: if the email can be better dealt with by someone else.
  • Defer: set aside time at a later date to spend on emails that require longer action. 

How do you manage your time?  Do you have any time management tips for me?

3 comments

  1. I heard on the radio that if something can be done in less than three minutes, do it now!
    I’ve had to get better at delegating at work as I was getting snowed under. Oh and I treated myself to a cleaner when I got a pay rise!

  2. I’ve had unroll.me recommended to me a few times recently as a way of quickly deleting emails, I’m going to try it but I always worry something I need will be deleted!

    • Thanks for the tip, I’ve just managed to get rid of so many newsletters that I just can’t remember signing up to.

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