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  • Writer's pictureDakota Rebel

10 Time Management Tips for Busy Wives with Busy Lives

As a housewife, I've learned that time management is a critical skill to have. With so many tasks to complete, from cooking and cleaning to taking care of children and managing the household, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything. However, with some planning and organization, you can make the most of your time and accomplish everything you need to do.

Here are some essential time management tips for housewives:

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1. Set priorities

The first step in effective time management is to prioritize your tasks. You need to determine what is most important and what can wait. For example, cooking dinner for your family might be more important than cleaning the house, while doing laundry might be more pressing than organizing your closet.

Make a list of all the tasks you need to accomplish, and then rank them in order of importance. Once you have your list, focus on completing the most critical tasks first.

2. Create a schedule

Once you have prioritized your tasks, create a schedule for yourself. You can use a planner or a digital calendar to keep track of your daily activities. Schedule time for all the important tasks on your list, including cooking, cleaning, and taking care of your children.

Don't forget to include some "me time" in your schedule as well. It's essential to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family.

Y'all know that planners are my life and I have tons of printables in my Etsy Shop that can help you out with this.

3. Break down large tasks

Large tasks can be overwhelming, so it's important to break them down into smaller, more manageable parts. For example, if you need to clean the entire house, break it down into smaller tasks such as cleaning one room at a time. This will help you to stay focused and motivated as you work through each task.

4. Use time-saving tools

There are many tools and gadgets that can help you save time and be more productive. For example, a slow cooker can make meal preparation easier, while a robotic vacuum can help you keep your floors clean. Look for tools that can help you automate tasks or make them more efficient.

5. Delegate tasks

Don't be afraid to delegate tasks to other family members. Your partner and children can help with household chores, such as doing the dishes or folding laundry. This will not only lighten your workload but also teach your children responsibility and independence.

Yes, it may cause intestinal discomfort to allow someone else to do it "wrong" but if you want to finish the day with your sanity intact, you need to adopt the "Done is better than perfect" mantra real quick.

6. Take breaks

It's essential to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and refresh your mind. Taking breaks can actually increase your productivity and help you accomplish more in the long run. Take short breaks to stretch, walk around, or have a snack.

7. Use Sprints

I am my most productive when I set a timer and work on a singular task for 25 minutes, then take a 5-10 minute break. It's like as long as that timer is ticking, I've given myself permission to focus. It's magic and I highly recommend trying it for yourself. So grab yourself an egg timer (honestly works better than a phone or digital timer, plus look at how freakin' cute this is) and get to work.

8. Be flexible

While it's important to stick to a schedule, it's also important to be flexible. Life happens, and sometimes unexpected things come up. Be prepared to adjust your schedule as needed and be open to new opportunities or experiences.

9. Practice self-care

Self-care is critical for overall well-being and can help you manage stress and stay focused. Take time for activities you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, or spending time with friends. Making time for yourself will help you feel more energized and motivated to tackle your daily tasks.

You know the old saying, you can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself so you are able to show up as a better wife, mama, friend or just human being.

10. Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for good health and productivity. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to ensure that you are well-rested and ready to tackle the day ahead.

I'll be honest, I struggle with this one. I'm a terrible sleeper. I've started taking melatonin at night, which has helped a little. But it's still difficult to me. And I can't remember the last time I got 7 hours in a single night. Probably last time I was sick.

In conclusion, time management is a crucial skill for housewives to have. By prioritizing tasks, creating a schedule, breaking down large tasks, using time-saving tools, delegating tasks, taking breaks, being flexible, practicing self-care, and getting enough sleep, you can make the most of your time and accomplish everything you need to do while still taking care of yourself.

It's important to remember that time management is not about being perfect or getting everything done in a certain amount of time. It's about being intentional with your time and focusing on what's important to you and your family. By using these time management tips, you can create a more balanced and fulfilling life as a housewife.

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