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How can I better manage my time?

I am a full time mom, full time x-ray technologist and a full time student. What is a good way to manage my time so that I can give diligent attention to all my responsibilities? #time-management #momlife #healthcare #bachelorsdegree #Ialsoneedgymtime

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Rita’s Answer

First, realize this will be hard and give yourself a break. You are doing something that is great for yourself and therefore your family. A centralized calendar is essential to keeping everything organized so you can see the overlap and conflicts before they cause you stress. Try and use as many time-savings shortcuts you can find. Making larger portions of your meals and freezing them could be the help you need during the hectic weekdays. Don't be afraid to ask for help. It is neither a sign of weakness nor a failure. Sometimes knowing when to ask for help is the best course of action. Don't forget to take care of yourself. I refreshed you is a better you to handle all you have taken on.

Rita recommends the following next steps:

Have a centralized calendar
Try to use as many time-savings shortcuts you can
Don't be afraid to as for help
Carve our time for each important aspect of your life and try to stick to reasonable time-frames
Don't forget about 'Me Time'
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Joseph’s Answer

First, please take the time to recognize yourself how amazing you are. You've got SO much on your plate and still are looking for ways to do more in order to be better! You are accomplishing a ton.

Managing our time is definitely one of the best ways to handle a busy schedule. When I was at my busiest (FT 1099, PT retail for benefits, co-founding a business, renovating a house, traveling for family), my favorite tool for time management was my time block planner. I'd use this to set dates in the month ahead and then write out a more detailed breakdown in the week ahead. So every first of the month, I'd look ahead for important dates (birthdays, events, etc.) Then each Sunday, I'd take a few minutes to map out my coming week with time blocks: Here's an example:

- Start with setting large time blocks for the set schedules (e.g., XR tech job 8-5 M-F, evening class 7-9 M/W/F).
- Then fill in other responsibilities (e.g., soccer practice, school pickup, etc.)
- From there, you've got an idea of what blocks are open for other activities (gym on evenings you don't have class, etc.)

Again, give yourself some grace in that you're accomplishing SO much. Giving yourself time to go to the gym or whatever you need to recharge is JUST as important as all of the other time blocks you're entering, so be sure to prioritize those as well!
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Henry’s Answer

The first step is to prioritize your tasks and responsibilities. This is critical in order to manage your expectations of yourself.
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Jeanine’s Answer

Hi Sarah! I can understand how managing all of these things can be overwhelming. I would recommend using your smartphone to manage your time. My calendar is my lifeline most days. I also am in school, with a family, and a full time job. One thing that I learned is that if I don't get time for myself, I can't give 100 percent to anyone else. It is so easy to put yourself on the back burner, but it is so important to resist that urge. School starts soon for my kids, and I have already loaded their events from the school website into my calendar so I know when things are going on. I have a gym that is open super early/late so that I can get there either on my lunch or later at night once everything is calm in my home. I also use the "simple habit" app on my phone to have some meditation/relax time-even if its 5 minutes. I hope this helps you and good luck!

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Catrinel’s Answer

First step is to admit you have a lot on your plate for now - (2 full time jobs + a 24/7 job).
In your case, I believe it's essential to ask for help, so that you can cope with everything.

Catrinel recommends the following next steps:

Identify those activities that can be outsourced - cooking food for the family, taking the kids to school etc.
Think of how you can outsource this - ask partner/family for help; hire a driver; order food from time to time etc.
Block time in your calendar for me time.
Find time-saving options to benefit the most of me time: virtual pilates from home; massage sessions at home etc.
Alternate how you invest your time - this week combine family + me time; next week focus more on family & your love life etc.
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Sarah’s Answer

I am also a mother, full time worker, and avoid gym goer! It's hard to find time for everything. Something that works for me is sitting down and deciding what my priorities are for the day. I pick three big things and focus on those! One day, it's gym, work and family time. Another day, it's me time, family time, and gym time. Of course you have 800 other things to do, maybe one day you focus on your home task list, family time, and work. This way you may feel less overwhelmed and still get some progress in the areas you want. I have begun planning out my whole week in this way in advance. Hope this helps a little!

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