One kid or more, it can be difficult to manage your time, especially if you have children that are into after school activities, and you are both working parents. You don’t have to let that stress run your life, there are ways to organize all of the things that you have going on. You just need to make a plan and stick with it, and always stay positive.
If you live a planned and organized life you will ensure you make it to all of your child’s recitals, and still get your own projects in on time. You will need to dedicate some time to these plans, as well, but it is really worth it. You just need to have that plan to succeed, and here is how to do it.
Keep A Calendar
Start out by always keeping a calendar so that you know when and where you need to be at all times. Have a calendar in more places than one though. Try one on the wall, for everyone to see, plus set up alerts on your phone and computer. This way you will never forget a martial arts practice or an appointment.
If you have your own things you want to get done while you are working on all of those family things, set goals for your day, week, and even your month. Make sure that they are attainable goals, this way you have a better chance of succeeding and not feeling like you’ve fallen even farther behind. Goals will help you get what you need to get done and still be able to do all of your family stuff as well.
Write Down Chores
Make a chore list for your entire family, not just the kids. Make it so they can mark off what they’ve completed. You can even give them prizes for getting all of their chores done on their own and on time each week. Chores don’t just teach responsibility, but they help you keep your home clean and tidy without you needing to do it all on your own.
A Home For Everything
Lastly, in order to keep a clean and organized home you need to make sure that everything has its own place to go, and that everyone know where that place is. That means having filing cabinets for paperwork, a junk drawers for odds and ends, and even having toy boxes for the kids. If something doesn’t have a home and you don’t use it, get rid of it.
Just because you feel like your kids run your life, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have time for yourself. That’s why setting goals, and planning out your day to day life, is important.