As a mom, especially if you have older kids, you’ll often find yourself reminding them to keep track of the time. “Don’t stay up past your bedtime, keep track of the time.” “You need to keep track of the time, or your going to be late for school.” For one reason or another, we often find ourselves reminding our kids to be aware of the time. We want them to be responsible and a big part of responsibility is managing your time well. But this doesn’t just apply to our children, does it?
If we’re honest, we could stand to be a bit more responsible with our time as well. Just think of how many things, big or small, steal time away from you and the responsibilities you have to carry out each day, including working towards your goals.
I can think of a few in my own life. Watching t.v., because honestly, I sometimes want to catch up on my favorite shows when no one is around to distract me. Snacking! Yes, I said it. Running to the kitchen more than necessary, is a total time waster! Checking/reading emails. I don’t now about you but I seem to get a new email every few minutes. And I’m not talking about important work-related ones. I’m talking about the emails that can be deleted without even taking the time to open them. And yet, I often find myself opening them. And then of course there’s the biggest one of all (at least for me), social media. The truth is, I need social media for my work. The bigger truth is, I don’t need to be on there for as long as I am.
So, here are a few tips to help us be more responsible with our time.
Television: Instead of watching t.v. during the day when you could be using that time and focus on something more productive, allot yourself a special hour or two of t.v. at the end of the week as a reward for all of your hard work during the week.
So for example, you may set aside Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm as your time to indulge in your favorite shows. This way you also have something fun to look forward to at the end of a busy week.
Snacking: Let’s be honest, snacking too often throughout the day is not going to be beneficial for you or your health long term anyway. So, how about eating a full healthy breakfast each morning to sustain you until lunch time rolls around. And keep a glass of water or a bottle of water with you while your busy going about your day.
It’s often been said that, when we feel hungry, it’s usually because we’re actually thirsty. So, drinking more water will keep you hydrated, feeling full, and out of the kitchen for longer periods of time.
Checking/Reading Emails: You may need to check your email for work periodically, but that does not mean you need to open every email that comes knocking (I’m yelling at myself at this point).
Once you scan through your new emails and deal with the important/work related ones, save the others for later. Set aside 30 minutes at the end of your day to go through your email. Also build a habit of deleting any emails you don’t need, so that you don’t end up with thousands of emails to filter through.
Social Media (Que the frightening suspense music: dun dun dun!): Look, social media is amazing. I’m greatly enjoying the benefits of it, as I aim to grow my blog into a business. With that being said, why is it so tempting to check out every little thing people posts? If you don’t know the answer to that question, don’t feel bad, neither do I.
But if you’re like me and you do need to be on social media for your work, set time limits. Allot yourself a certain amount of time to do what you know you need to do, and then get off.
If you want to spend some time on there, for non-work-related purposes, use your lunch time to scroll though social media while you’re eating, instead of during the time you’re supposed to be getting things done.
I hope you find these tips useful in being more responsible with your time. After all, you don’t want your kids to be the ones who end up saying, “hey mom, you need to be more responsible, and keep better track of the time!” Wouldn’t that be something!
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