Time Management Hacks for Parents Who Need More of it
November 9, 2018 by Lily Wright
For most working Americans, there rarely seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. For those Americans who are also juggling children in the mix of it all, time is the hottest commodity you can’t buy. Luckily, there are several tricks to steal more time. Namu suggests a few simple but effective hacks:
Get off the internet.
The average smartphone user checks their phone a whopping 110 times a day – if each interaction lasted for just one minute (unlikely), it would equate to almost two whole hours of time spent staring into an empty, electronic abyss. One of the most obvious ways to free up extra time to take care of family business is to put away the electronics. Practicing mindfulness can help you tune into the task at hand and drown out all the notifications. Mindfulness can be achieved through practicing yoga, meditation, and or hitting the gym for 30 minutes each day. Time spent being mindful is also time spent off the internet – a win / win.
Get rid of the idea of “perfection”
Lots of parents – especially mothers – waste a lot of time obsessing about the idea of achieving perfection: the perfect home, the perfect dinner, the perfect vacation. Life gets a lot easier when you’re willing to accept that perfection isn’t possible, and parenting isn’t a perfect process. Allowing room for flaws or missteps when reasonable can free up a lot of time spent worrying or obsessing.
Let others help you when you need it.
Lots of parents can fall into the trap of simply never asking for help, or never accepting it when it is offered. If you’re the kind of parent who says, “Don’t worry, I got it,” more times a day than you can count, perhaps now is the time to relinquish some control. A one-woman or one-man show is a hard act to maintain, and it sucks a lot of unnecessary time out the day.
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