Time Management Tips & Tricks

Posted on Dec 27 2013 - 7:00am by Markell


I am a time management fiend. I work hard to make sure I am spending my time in the best way possible. I have a lot of things I want to get done and it doesn’t seem like I have all that much time. I didn’t use to be that way though. I have learned a few things in the last few years of my life that really help me to be more efficient. Since the new year is coming up, full of new goals and plans, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks that really help me make the best use of my time. 

Make A To-Do List (daily)

This is first on the list because it’s important! A to do list helps you see exactly what you need to get done each day and gives you a way to see how much you have already done. Some does I feel like I work and work and get nothing done. Then I look at see all the things I’ve crossed off my list and feel much better about myself. Some days, I put things like “get dressed” and “eat breakfast” on my list just so I can feel productive 🙂 

Make A Weekly Plan

It really helps me to plan out my whole week. Each Sunday, I write down the things I really need to get done that week. Then I spread it out over the week so each day I’m only working on one or two “important” things. Then I add other things to each day like “clean the kitchen” or “two loads of laundry.” If something doesn’t get done on Monday, it gets moved to Tuesday’s list. That way I have a basic list of what needs done each day before the day even starts. 

Eat Your Frog

I heard a once that said something like “if the first thing you do each day is eat a live frog, the day can’t possibly get any worse.” While I, myself, am not a fan of eating live frogs, I do like what the quote is saying. If the first thing I do each day is that thing I’ve been dreading, the rest of my day goes much better. I am not thinking about the dreaded task I have to do all day. I just get it over with, first thing. 

Schedule Time For Yourself 

always schedule in some down time for myself. It might be an hour while the kids are sleeping or sometimes I even wake up an hour before I know they will wake up so I can have some time to just be me. I might spend that time watching a show on Hulu or browsing Facebook. It’s important to have some time for yourself when you can just unwind and relax. 

Be Realistic

No, you probably aren’t going to get 50 things done today. Don’t write that many things on your list. Just write down what’s important and go from there. If you overwhelm yourself, you’ll feel like you failed when you really just set the bar too high. And no one wants to feel like a failure. 

There you have it. I hope some of those tips & tricks help you out in some way! Be sure to check back next week to see my list of New Year’s Resolutions. Because if I tell them to you, I have to achieve them, right? What are you hoping to achieve in the next year? 


5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. PlayDatesParty December 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    LOVE the concept of eating the frog first. How often do we procrastinate on something, and then find that the day is pretty much gone, so it never gets done. Thanks for the tips!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      it makes my day go SO much better when I "eat the frog first." I'm glad you stopped by & thanks for the comment!

  2. Allison December 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I love the "eat your frog" idea. I'm horrible for putting off things I hate doing (like laundry) and then feeling bad about it all day. I'm going to have to give that a try.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Do it! It'll change your life, I swear. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. ANTOINETTE January 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Great article. It is certainly a nice thought to manage your time. Prioritizing your tasks certainly helps a lot in getting a task done successfully. In this way one can minimise the stress level also.


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