Time Management Tips To Prioritize What’s ImportantPosted: August 11, 2021
Have you heard of time batching as a time management tool?
If not, you NEED to know ASAP!
Time batching is one of the best things I have ever done for my health, business, myself and my kids.
For most of us moms, it can be a struggle to effectively manage our time to get the important things done. Unfortunately, this leads to inconsistency, hence, no progress made.
With the constant distractions and interruptions from others and technology, finding even just a few minutes at a time to concentrate can feel like a struggle.
Back in the day, when I first became a mom, I was a slave to time. I used to wake up without a plan and never got anything done.
I mean I would get the easy stuff done, you know the comfortable stuff, like empty the dishwasher and make myself a third cup of coffee because I thought that’s what I needed to be more efficient, right?
That’s when I discovered time batching.
This technique has changed the way I get things done.
Every night before going to bed, I would write down the top 3 priorities that I need to get done to move the needle in the areas of my life that I value and want to improve on.
And then, I would find batches of time where I know I can get things done with few distractions – for example, after the kids have had breakfast they can get some screen time while mama focuses and gets some work done.
This is a very easy time-management hack that takes full advantage of your CONCENTRATION by doing a lot of the same things together at the same time.
Here is an example of what my days look like when I batch my time:
Wake up – 9:00 AM coffee, feed kids breakfast, get myself ready for the day
9:00 – 9:30 AM clean house (whatever I can get done in that time period)
9:30 – 10:00 AM review my schedule, read, journal
10:00 – 2:00 PM work
2:00 – 3:00 PM make dinner (I like to make dinner early because I get tired later in the day)
3:00 – 6:00 PM play time with kids, be present with the family, take an evening walk
6:00 – 7:00 PM dinner with the family
7:00 – 7:30 PM bath time
7:30 – 9:00 PM kids bedtime
9:00 – 10:00 PM a little more work
10:00 – 10:30 PM hang out with the husband & sleep
It just feels so much more organized. I used to vacuum 70 times per day, do dishes randomly throughout the day, as if that EVER ends. But one day as I was journaling, I realized that I was spending my days on all the wrong things.
Not saying cleaning isn’t important, but it’s not something I needed to be doing all day long at random times because that interfered with my goals.
I would get to the end of the day and you know when you’re laying in bed and you’re reflecting on what you had accomplished in the day, it turned out I was doing nothing that I WANTED to do.
It was all these tasks that I felt were important but actually weren’t. I was actually buffering but more on this topic another day.
Organizing my time to prioritize the important things also created space for me to take care of my mental and physical health, my family and my growing business.
Here are the exact steps for my time management system:
- Choose the areas in your life that are a top priority you want to improve in – these aren’t things you have to do anyways like changing diapers, doing dishes or taking out the garbage. These are tasks that you know you need to be doing but you avoid doing them. Example: workout for 20 minutes, prep a fiber-rich dinner for the next day, publish your first blog post.
- Then, find times in your day that you CAN and are ABLE to get those things done. These are times when your kids are the most relaxed and when your spouse is busy in the stock market.
- Then get these things done – non negotiable. If Beyonce can do it, you can too.
Here are a few things you can batch: cooking, cleaning, e-mails, meetings, playtime & reading.
When you batch, you create more space in your life which I’m guessing is a priority if you are reading this.
Do you time batch? Would love it if you shared your tips and your process under this post.
With that, I’m about to sign off and hang with the husband.