How to Manage Your Time As Mom and Woman

There is an interesting about the effective management of time:

I usually when you have more to do within the same period of time, you manage to get everything done. Conversely, if you don’t have enough to keep you busy, it might take more time than you have to get it done! This is a general reply to the woman who asks, “Where can I find the hours I’ll need?”

Give value to your time, just as you place a price on your skills. When you learn to evaluate the hour you spend at work with the hour you spend doing something that brings no lasting reward, you will be freer to use each day fruitfully.

The old saying that busy people find time for everything is an over simplification. They have learned to discriminate and weed out what will not bring full value for their attention and energy and, therefore, find the time for what they really want to do.

Your Time Inventory

A pencil and pad is the starting point for a check on your activities to determine whether you have the time for a job in addition to your role as wife and mother.

Watch yourself for a week. Jot down the things you did, but analyze how much actually was accomplished. How did you get so much more done on a really busy, fruitful day? Were you any less tired at the end of the fruitful day than at the end of a commonplace day? Have you noticed how a sense of achievement eases frayed nerves and tired muscles?

After a week’s check you may find evidence enough for a domestic work- simplification project.

You’d be surprised how much time can be saved by crossing out what you won’t miss.

Put away the tarnish-gatherers and dust-collectors.

Omit some of the frequent waxing and polishing. They will keep at least a little longer.

Select clothes for yourself and the family that won’t need frequent washing and ironing.

If linens are washed at home, don’t iron the dishtowels and every inch of the sheets. Fold and stack the sheets while they are still damp, and press them in halves and quarters when you find time for ironing. Save as much ironing time and energy as possible for dresses, blouses, skirts, etc.

Reduce club work proportionately, but give yourself the lift of the most attractive affairs and community events.

Have you ever noticed how much time you waste in conversation with long-winded friends, who truly have nothing important to say? Having a job is a wonderful excuse to cut them off, for, of course, they will under stand that you have so many other things to do.

How to Organize Your Household Activities

Some part-time jobs will call for your working several hours each day; others will call for your working several full days of each week. In either case, family responsibilities must receive prime attention and forethought.

Give the family a good start each morning. That may mean an earlier rising on your part for preparing breakfast, for tidying the house, for making sure that the children will be occupied or cared for until you return. If your working requires extra household help, you must make certain that the maid will know exactly what she is to do.

Never leave for the morning what can be done the night before. Have the table set for breakfast, the juice and lunches prepared. Attend to all de tails for the children, their money needs, dentist appointments, play activities, etc.

Before you leave, the house should be tidied, beds made, breakfast dishes stacked and rinsed, if not washed. The children can lend a hand. It can be quite dispiriting to return home from work to face unmade beds, the rooms in disarray, unwashed dishes.

Leave yourself free to take on the essentials when you come home, pre pare dinner, and visit with the children, Plan the things you must do, or want to do, in the evening.

Learn to be flexible and leave yourself choices. If both the ironing and mending face you for the evening, don’t try to do both. If the children are appearing in a school play, or your husband wants to go to the movies, they may take precedence over household tasks.

Don’t cut yourself off from all your outside interests. If there is a neighborhood meeting to promote a light at the corner, or an improvement to the playground, or to meet a candidate for political office, whip through the housework essentials and attend it, if at all possible.

List the things that must be done during the week, including housework, time with the children and your husband, visiting with close friends and relatives, community participation, relaxation, and entertainment. Some weeks will indicate more outside activity than others, so you will have to be selective, taking them in the order of their importance.

Plan menus for the week. Do your marketing in one or two major trips each week, leaving only perishables to be replenished more frequently. You can pick these up on the way home; or if there is a child old enough, give him the assignment. Shop by phone whenever you can, particularly department store items that don’t need personal selection.

Schedule your major household tasks for the week end. This is the time to cook the foods for several menus and put them in the freezing compartment, leaving quickies like hamburgers, frankfurters, steaks, fish, and lamb chops for other meals. Cook your roasts two-thirds of the way, freeze them, and then put them into the oven when you want them. They can finish cooking while you are preparing the rest of the dinner. Breads, rolls, pies, cakes, and cookies will keep indefinitely in the freezer.

Make the week end tasks a family-participation project. Lenny’s little hands can remove the dirt from the corners; Julie won’t mind doing the bookshelves, if everyone else is working; Gary can flex his muscles as he operates the vacuum. Let Daddy wash the windows, a few at a time, while you take a few seconds out every now and then to cast a supervisory eye on your staff and heap praise on their helpfulness.

Mother’s job then becomes the family’s job. You may find that the house looks nicer than it did when you were doing everything yourself—with more time.

If you have been doing your husband’s shirts at home, send them to the laundry. Now that you have put a price on your time, the extra few cents will be a bargain.

Cajole each member of the family to pick up after himself. A Coke means that the bottle is put away; a snack, that the crumbs are wiped off and the

food returned to pantry or refrigerator; a bath, that the towels are hung up to dry and the bathroom left acceptable for the next person.

Assign definite tasks to the children during the week: errands, caring for each other, setting the table, washing dishes, dusting, cleaning the yard. A loving note, left as a reminder, will ease any disgruntled feelings; an award of an extra allowance, or even pay for their role, if you prefer that, will give them, too, a sense of accomplishment.

Relax!

As you allot your time to space your tasks, hold out a few hours for relaxation, either at home or by going out. Rest completely sometime every day, if only for a few minutes after dinner. If a game of tennis or bridge is your pickup, that, too, is essential to preserve your balance, more than ever since now it becomes an occasion rather than a pastime.

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