Back to school season can be very stressful for parents and those who work full-time or own their own business may have an even harder time balancing work and kids.
HSBC Wealth Advisers offered 15 time management tips to help stressed out parents.
1. Scheduling is key : use a calendar to plan events and set aside time for yourself
2. Know what to sacrifice - and what’s non-negotiable: reduce what you is not necessary at the office - but don’t skimp on quality time with the family.
3. Get the kids involved with work: This is not full-time work for the kiddo’s, but ask them for their ideas and help establishing a routine.
4. Follow the ‘Touch it once rule’: Whenever you touch something, like a folder or a piece of mail - act on it immediately. This gets the task done and does not clutter your mind or work space.
5. Make the most of time you have without the kids: Get as much done as possible when the kids are not around.
6. Prioritize your well-being: Set aside at least 10 minutes per day for yourself, get plenty of sleep and eat healthily.
7. Use the Ivy Lee Method: When the kids are in bed, write down the six most important things to do and jump on them the first thing at work the next day. Whatever’s not finished can be moved to the next day.
8. Delegate, outsource and automate: Don’t be afraid to let go of some control.
9. Master the art of batching: Group similar tasks together and knock them out at the same time.
10: Commit 100 percent and eliminate distractions: Whatever you are doing give it 100 percent.
11: Use voice diction: Use the technology on your smart phone to save time.
12:Build your village: Don’t be afraid to rely on friends and family and other parents to help you when you need it, but also be ready to return the favors.
13: Exercise your flexibility: Use flexibility to your advantage if you have it.
14: Use stress and anxiety to your advantage: Stress and anxiety are NOT good for you, but you can use the adrenaline rush to boost your energy and focus.
15: Take setbacks in stride: Remember there is no such thing as perfection and to take life’s curve balls in stride.