I would be lost without my diary. And my calendar. And my To Do list. And, quite probably, the reminders that come up on my phone.
It’s not that I’m disorganised – I’m not particularly – more that I have a million and one things to do, and my memory isn’t what it used to be. I blame that on the fact that I have SO much fantastic information squirreled away in my brain that I can’t be expected to remember everything.
Between us, I think it’s more likely due to the fact that I’m getting older….
Managing my time is of extreme importance if I’m going to achieve the things I’ve set out for myself – and run my businesses effectively. There are times when my life feels like a military machine.
Must be here by X o’clock, and then hop on the train to get to Y by Z o’clock. And whilst doing that I must email these people, ring those and write this document.
Oh, and must also make sure the plumber has fixed the boiler, ordered the groceries to be delivered on that date and time (when I know I will actually be home) and arrange tickets to take my son there.
It feels like a never ending round of appointments, tasks and chores.
But that’s life. We all know it.
Time management is crucial if we’re ever going to achieve anything.
Entrepreneurs use these skills all day everyday, and single mums do the same. Given that we have the work of two people to carry out and only half of the available hours, it’s vital that we are organised, always run to schedule and know in an instant which child is where, doing what and how we can capitalise on the smidgen of ‘free’ time.
I use all of the available resources to manage myself, and my time, so that there’s never a chance I will forget what I’m supposed to be doing (unless I’ve forgotten to transfer an appointment across of course – which has happened once, to my shame…). Some mums are experts at remembering everything so don’t need that crutch. Sadly I’m not one of them.
Given that our time is at a premium, and we have to pack a lot in, my recommendation would always be to prioritise what you have to do – and don’t give yourself a hard time if you can’t do everything.
We all have days when we can’t do everything!
And remember too, that time is precious. It shouldn’t be constantly filled with work, or doing everything for everyone else. Some should be left free, to give you time to pause, reflect and enjoy. To do something you love. Indulge in a passion, or learn something new.
Diarise in some time just for you today, and give yourself a pat on the back for your fantastic time management skills that have enabled you to do just that.
See you tomorrow!