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Positive Parenting FAQs

Q. I'm always running late, have too much to do, and my house is always messy. What do I do??

Posted on August 1, 2009 at 6:33 AM

A.  Here are my three favorite Time Management Tips:

 

Plan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Write a to-do list, putting the most important tasks at the top. Keep a schedule of your daily activities to minimize conflicts and last-minute rushes. I love those family calendars that have lines for each member of the family! Also, by having a strong morning routine, evening routine, and daily laundry routine, you'll surprisingly find that everything in between becomes more manageable.

 

Say no to nonessential tasks. Consider your goals and schedule before agreeing to take on additional work. Personally speaking for me, considering my GOALS has been a HUGE help for me to decide what to schedule and what I can let go of doing or not add on.

 

Practice the 10-minute rule. Work on a dreaded task for 10 minutes each day. Once you get started, you may find you can finish it. It's amazing what you can get done in only 10 - 15 minutes when you put your mind to it. And by applying the "Just Do It" principle, it takes all that "Guilt" away that builds up when we procrastinate!

 

To see more Tips to Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity, click here: 

 

 

All FAQs answers are copyrighted by Sharon O'Sullivan. Contact me for reprint rights.

 

Categories: Infants through Kindy-aged, Elementary and Tweens, Teenagers

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