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Schedules: Myths and Benefits
I hear a lot from busy moms that they just need to develop a schedule that works for them so that everything gets done. Let me first clear up one of the toxic myths of motherhood- everything NEVER gets done. There is always something else that we wish we could have gotten to, whether it be housecleaning, time with our spouse and kids or energy devoted to a work or volunteer project. At the end of every day, if we are looking for it, there is going to be something we wish we could have crossed off the list. If your goal in developing a schedule is to accomplish everything and never leave something undone, you will quickly become frustrated and need to sit down and take a frank look at your expectations of yourself and of your time. But, if you are interested in developing a schedule that helps keep you on track, helps you form a doable routine and saves you time than you will benefit from developing a realistic schedule.
Something important to remember about schedules is that they are static. For example, we are all getting ready (except for your brave home schooling families) to have our kids at home for the summer. It would be unrealistic for me to expect that the same schedule I kept while my boys were away all day will still work when they are home and need (and deserve) my attention. My schedule today looks very different as the mom of tweens than it did when my boys were little. Schedules can not be so rigid that adjustments aren't considered. Otherwise, the schedule can become more of a hindrance than a help.
Some things to consider when developing a schedule:
- What do you need to accomplish?
- Who is affected by how you use your time?
- What are your time restrictions?
- How often do routine tasks need to be performed?
- Have I scheduled in free time and fun?
- What are my priorities?
posted on: 5/19/2009 9:00:00 AM by Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama
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Melissa Smallwood is a professional organizer and mom of three boys (ages 15, 12 and 11). Melissa's motto is live...laugh....love and everything else will fall into place!