Prioritizing priorities should be one of the easiest goals to set to establish time management in your life. No one should have to tell you the order of importance that tasks should be handled during the course of your day. The most important task should take precedence over those that can be accomplished or handled another time.
As women, we have a lot of tasks and responsibilities to handle each and every day. Of course, that depends upon whether or not you are married, have children and a job. Time management becomes a job. Depending upon how many duties you are responsible for executing each day, you could very well find yourself juggling and delegating those tasks. That is why prioritizing is so important. There are only twenty-four hours in a day to try to manage your time in a more effective way to get everything that needs to be handled done. Everything else that can wait until the next day generally does.
Unfortunately, some task that get shoved to the next day sometimes turn into multiple days, weeks, months and sometimes years. As some task begins to accumulate more responsibilities and issues arise. You probably will begin to complain about not having enough time to get everything done that needs to be done, now complacency kicks in and a sense of guilt; guilt because you begin to make promises that you will not keep because you do not have the time.
If you are a working woman, you probably have a calendar or planner that you use to help manage your time and activities each day. If you are a stay-at-home mom, you probably have some type of calendar or organizer board on the refrigerator. Nevertheless, you are keeping tabs on the time and activities for everyone in the house, including yourself.
Whether you are car-pooling or involved in other children activities you can easily become over-extended. Working a full-time job and taking the children to school while trying to maintain a tidy home can also become challenging. Dinner, homework, household chores and commuting can become a real juggling act.” What can you do to help your day go a lot smoother?” “Get organized!”
Organization is a word that we do not hear as much in the home, but organization is the key to maintaining structure and harmony in your life. You must learn to set a schedule and stick to it. You must learn to say no to some things that are not important so that you can get your priorities in order to make sure all of your obligations have been met. You must realize that you are only one person and you cannot do everything all by yourself. Ask for help. It’s okay for your children to learn how to put the toys away when they are done playing with them. It’s okay to teach them to place their clothes in the hamper and learn to make their beds. It’s okay to tell them no when what they are asking for is not needful or necessary and most of all, it is okay to tell a friend not now, I will go another time.
By doing these little things you will have more peace, organization and structure in your life. Prioritizing priorities, try it, you might like it!
Ursula Tara Davis