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Single moms know how vital their time is to their families. Let me help you maximize the time you have to get the most, and important, things done!
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As all single moms are, I was up at 4 a.m. this morning so
I could make a dent in my to do list "before the day started." Even
though I'm no longer a single mom, all of these strategies I discovered or uncovered
while I was a single mom and literally desperate for more sleep!
In my opinion, there's no such thing as
time management, but there is time maximization -- which is what single moms
really need to be great at! Since efficiency is one of my focus areas as an
executive coach, I thought I'd share some tried-and-true methods for maximizing
time, but first, let's explore what maximizing your time will help you to do:
The first and most important thing is to get clear about your
priorities. I need clean laundry, but it doesn't need to be folded, hung up,
and put away more than I need to spend quality time reading with my girl. We
want a freshly vacuumed carpet, but our kids need love and attention more. So
make a list of all of the things that need to be done, and then rank them in
order of importance. The things that aren't the most important, that aren't
critical if left incomplete and be left undone (and crossed off that list)!
Next, let the "structure set you free." I calendar
everything, including down time. You absolutely must have clean underwear (and
other clothing, towels and linens), so calendar in time to do it. What I do is
throw a load of laundry in while I'm doing other tasks that don't need my
undivided attention. As they say in Sweet Home Alabama,
Oprah calls it "multi-tasking." There's no need to do just laundry, you can squeeze it in while you're cleaning the
bathroom, or making a casserole, or helping with homework -- or all of the
above! Lexi and I read every night from 8:30-9 p.m. With few exceptions, that's
our non-negotiable time and I actually really look forward to it!
Breathe. Being a single mom is the hardest job
ever. Every day you wake up is a great day, regardless of whether
everything gets done or not. Make sure the kids (and you) are clean, fed, and
feel loved.If you enjoyed this article, be sure to visit The Successful Single Mom blog
Twitter: @SingleMomBooksWebsite: http://honoreecorder.com
Honorée Corder been a successful entrepreneur for almost twenty years, earning her first fortune and developing a lot of skills with Shaklee Corporation, then as a business coach, and now as a successful author, executive coach, keynote speaker and corporate trainer. Almost all of her books are best-sellers, including her runaway hit,Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results. Honorée's mission is to inspire and motivate people to turn their vision and dreams into their real-life reality, sharing a leading-edge process she originally created for herself, and then eventually shared with executive and business coaching clients. Honorée's results-oriented philosophy, combined with her ground-breaking 30-day Jump-Start and STMA 100-day Coaching Programs, all but guarantees you get the results you want. These programs have been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses, to rave reviews and exceptional results, around the world.
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