Time Management Tips For Busy Moms

Time, the one thing there never is enough of. If you're anything like me, and the other moms I know, you're always saying "I need more time." Is your daily to-do list so long you'd need 72 hours a day just to complete it? While I can't promise to give you a 72 hour clock, I can give you some tips for making the most out of the 24 hours you do have.
1. Create a to-do list. This is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of your day. You can write your list first thing in the morning or even the night before. Having a to-do list helps to keep you focused on the important things that you have to accomplish and stops you from frittering your time away on non-essentials.
2. Prioritize your to-do list. Obviously, not everything on your list is of equal importance. Mark the vitally important items with an A, the less important items with a B, and the least important with a C. Now complete the A-list items first, the B-list items next and so on.
3. Eliminate the time-wasters. Long telephone calls, TV and mindlessly surfing the internet waste huge amounts of valuable time. Keep these activities as rewards for when you have completed your to-do list for the day or for those days when you have more free time.
4. Make the most of time fragments that pop up in the day. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done when you utilize the free time you have between tasks to the fullest. You can make an important phone call, write an email, tidy up a drawer or shelf and so on during these spare moments.
5. Make the most of waiting time. As a mom, I'm sure you spend hours each week waiting for your kids or while running errands. In fact many moms spend as much time in their cars as they do at home! So make the most of that waiting time by tackling your to-do list. It's a good idea to create a little bag that is filled with all sorts of things that you can complete while you are waiting. You can write a letter, pay your bills, read articles (that you have torn out of magazines and placed in a special folder that you carry with you), plan your menus and so forth.
6. Learn to say "No" to demands on your time. There are only 24 hours in a day and you just can't do it all, no matter how much you would like to. Say no to things that are less important to you in order to make time for those people and activities that are important to you. I hope these tips help you to manage your time more effectively.