4 Practical Tips on Time Management my Mom taught me!

My mother is a working professional due to retire in a couple of years. She has been working for over 35 years now x 2 i.e. 70 years, given her job in the office and her job at home – to take care of 3 men, her husband, and 2 sons.

Inspired by her since my early childhood, I have learned a lot of life lessons from her, and 1 of the major ones is Time Management. Read on to find out what my mom or maybe many of our moms have in common and what they can teach us about time management.

1. Do It Now: whatever the task is. for moms, there is no procrastination. There is no ”I will feed the kids later because I’m just back from office”, or, “let me wake up late, husband and kids can manage on their own”. Every morning she would get up early, ready breakfast and lunch for everyone, send us to school/college and then leave for her work.

Thus, the 1st lesson that I learned from my mom is to not put things for later if I can and if I need to do them right away. This actually saves a lot of time that would have otherwise gone into unnecessary thinking and procrastinating.

2. Take small, refreshing breaks: every evening after returning home, my mom would make herself a cup of tea, or sometimes I did for her (just bragging) and she would sit down and enjoy her cuppa, while talking to me, dad or brother about our day etc. Right after the tea, she would set out to ready the dinner.

This break gave her a window of relaxation, and to re-focus herself away from work and into the house. We must also plan small breaks that rejuvenate us.

3. Weekends are for value creation: mom rarely passed the weekends watching movies and just chilling. She would do a lot of stuff like, clean the house, make some special dishes, make us do our homework. She once also joined weekend dance classes to stay fit.

Thus, it is important that we don’t wile away our weekends, most successful people don’t do that. You can workout, learn something new that will help you grow in your career or plan the weekend with your family, but in a meaningful way.

4. Physical fitness is important: every night after dinner was walking time for mom and dad and sometimes we would join. It helped them stay fit, feel light after dinner, and discuss stuff they couldn’t in the day.

Staying fit helps in managing our energy through the day and helps us be more productive. Build a routine of a workout as part of your daily plan.

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Add-on tip: Set SMART Goals

Most training's on Time Management would also include a module on goal setting. Because goals determine where and how you must invest your time. Read my article on how to set SMART goals, and how to trickle those goals down to an everyday Action Plan.

The great thing about SMART Goals is that they are also a decision-making tool. Yes! SETTING SMART GOALS CAN ACTUALLY HELP YOU MAKE BETTER DECISIONS, be clearer about what to choose on a day-to-day basis, thus saving you a lot of time and energy. Read more on this in my post on SMART goals.

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