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How to organize my personal time and schedule?

Nowadays we are always running, we think that time does not reach us, that we stop doing many things, and sometimes we can not sleep well because we think about everything we have to do.

I think it’s very important to share with moms my experience of how to organize my time? for both working and home moms, and in this way reduce stress during the day and have a good night’s rest.

That’s why, here at Tips de Madre, I show you the main steps to follow that have worked for me for several years. In my case, as a mom who works in the office, derived from the demands of my work, I separated the planning into two Agendas, either electronic or traditional, one for the house, the family and my person, and the other for work. This allowed me to focus mentally, keep a check on household chores and also to forget about my day once I was with family. If you think you have a hard time managing two Agendas and can integrate activities into one Single Agenda, or if you think you do not need Agenda for work because you have another type of control, then it is perfect to have a Personal Agenda.

How to organize my personal agenda?

1. Annual Planning not only is a brainstorming and good wishes, but they must be real objectives according to the needs of ours and our family, and within our family economy. Write your annual plans in your Calendar, such as house arrangements, development activities for your children, pending paperwork, family walks, birthday parties; or some personal goal such as face-to-face or online courses, starting a small business, excelling or doing something special in your work, taking a trip, taking care of your health.

2. Monthly Planning is where you define the general activities you have to do in each of the months of the year to achieve your annual goals.

3. Weekly Planning, you write a detailed list of activities to achieve your monthly goals, combined with a list of everyday tasks you do at home and with family. This planning is very important because, in addition to assigning the actions to comply with the monthly plan, you must accommodate them on each day of the week, taking into consideration the tasks you perform in an ordinary way.

4. Monitoring and compliance with weekly activities it is very important for you to really verify that you are complying with what you yourself established, so twice a day, or at the end of the day, you should take a moment to check that you have fulfilled all your activities, and if for some reason you could not complete any or several tasks, you should incorporate them on another day of the same week. It is important that, as far as possible, you do not go through the activities in future weeks because they are delayed and there is a risk of not meeting the monthly objectives, and eventually the annual ones.

5. Home Economics, believe it or not, keeping good control of house expenses is part of a good organization of time because the expenses support many of the activities that you are considering on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. It does not matter if you work or not, the important thing is to keep this economic control of your house, which includes ordinary expenses, such as rent or mortgage payment, food, school supplies, transportation; and extraordinary expenses such as courses or personal items or for your family, miscellaneous items for the house, birthday parties, walks, courses, health, travel. Although we do not always have in mind what we should save, it is important to consider, as far as possible, a small biweekly saving that in the future can help you solve a possible emergency or take advantage of an opportunity that comes your way.

To do this, you and your partner must have the communication to carry out this spending planning, or if you are alone, you must be realistic to carry out this activity. This control of your economy can be carried in a traditional notebook or in an electronic file. You must consider the possible income in the year, according to the detail of expected income per fortnight and per month, and in this way, you can prioritize the annual expenses and organize them also on a monthly, biweekly and weekly basis. This expense allocation will help you confirm your annual goals, as well as your monthly and weekly activities that are directly related to the monetary aspect.

Just as I propose that you follow up on the plans and activities that you have established in your Agenda, I also invite you to write down your actual expenses and compare them with your biweekly or monthly estimate, in such a way that, if you see deviations due to any unexpected situation, correct the estimate for the following months, adapt the annual, monthly or weekly plans and activities that are affected, and in this way try not to deviate from your established objectives.

I hope that this article on Organization of Our Time will be useful for you to comply with everything you propose.

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