Monday, February 2, 2009

Managing Time

Its week 2 of a new year at school. We are starting to settle into the new and more rigid daily routine.

For my daughter beginning Year 8, its learning the routine of lessons in different classrooms rather than 1 classroom all day. AND getting up early to catch the bus. Thats a toughie at times.

For my son and myself, its being self-disiplined and motivated to start school at a reasonable time each day as he is being home schooled through Distance Education. Yes I'm his tutor. We have good days and bad. I am sure there are plenty of others out there in similar situations. I really would love to hear how you manage. Speaking for myself, I know the housework and my home business have been getting a back seat in the last week which is not healthy. As today was a bad day, I started re-doing my time management schedule. School holidays had thrown that out of wack and now its time to straighten up.

All in all though, I love home schooling my son (Year 9) and would also like to do the same for my other children should they choose. Time management is definately the key to keep the everyday chores up to date and to run my business. Some days I feel like Supermum and others I'm definately not. More not! Hopefully after today this will change.

Woo Hoo!! So far so good! The housework is up to date, the business is back on track and we are still keeping up with the school schedule. Being able to manage my time more efficiently even allows time to relax and just enjoy life.

I'll let you in on a secret to easy Time Management.

Colour Code your day.

List everything you do each day eg bathe, breakfast, go to work, business activities, cook meals, housework, kids activities, family appointments etc.

Now allocate a colour per group of activities. eg green for bathing, breakfast, school run, going to and from work, kids bedtime. red for kids sporting/extra curiccular activities, blue for family appointments, you get the drift, now do the same for your business activities.

Your diary or calender will look like a rainbow making it easy to see whats on at a glance.

You can even fit in those little "things to do" that you've put aside for 'when you get time'.

Let me know how you go.


  1. What an excellent idea.

  2. Wow! what a fantastic idea, now I can see what is happening at a glace... thank you!