Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin
Yes there is;we just need to find it. Below I have categorized a possible day in our home. Next, by creating this division I could clearly see where I could find additional time for myself and our kids. A large bulk of my time was being spent on Urgent/Not Important & Not Urgent/Not Important. Now, it’s your turn!
Box I items are Urgent & Important Examples:
Your child has a high fever and needs to go to the doctor.
Your partner’s car has broken down and you need to go and pick them up.
Box II items Not Urgent/Important Examples:
Taking your child out for a date night
Weekly Planning (meal planning, lesson plans & groceries)
Spending quality time as a family
Box III items Urgent/Not Important Examples:
Answering your phone every time it rings
Responding immediately to emails & text
Box IV items Not Urgent/Not Important Examples:
Surfing the web
I’ll bet you will find (if you are truly honest with yourself) that many of the activities you spend your time with are urgent but not important. It’s important to plan your days/weeks so that you are running your day and your day is not running you. If you do not do a good job planning, you will end up just “putting out the nearest fire” all day and find that you are rarely as productive as you would like to be. If you take the time to consistently plan each week(and work on spending as much time as possible in the Important but not Urgent category), you will find that you are not only spending your time in optimal ways, but you are also proactively putting out those fires that tend to pop up all day. (forgot key ingredient for tonight’s dinner, overdue library books or bring forgotten cleats for practice)
That naturally leads us to the next step finding more time and how we spend it! What is important to you? For each of you, that answer is different but what do you want to be spending your time doing? How much time do you want designate to each category? Are you setting enough time a side for YOU?