Monday, February 8, 2010

Time Management

I am the first one to admit that I don't always manage my time well. I am often "just a little late" or I think that I can squeeze just one more thing in when I really can't. I all too often take too many things on, and then do none of them well. Not one of my better qualities, that is certain. Especially since it ends up making me feel bad about myself and it isn't good for the people that asked me to do it either.

I also tend to have my children do too many activities, although I'm finally getting to the point that I'm o.k. with the fact that my children are into swimming. The girls are also in Girl Scouts and a girls group at church. That is all that we are going to take on for the next while. It keeps us busy, but one is a physical activity, one is an activity to do with girls in our neighborhood and that they enjoy, and one is with church. I think it is a good mix.

Anyway . . . back to my time management issues. I think that I've honestly made things too complicated. I've given myself too many choices in what I take on. I don't always need to check my schedule and see if I can fit it in. I don't need to go to every event just because all the people I know are going. I need to realize that it is O.K. to say no. And sometimes, it is better for everyone involved to say no. And most importantly, it is often better for my family if I say no. I need to think about them first, always, before I say yes.


Stacey said...

I am a big believer in saying "NO". It is definately better for the family. My kids have something musical (piano) and something sporty and church-similar to you. I also let them join anything at school they want because it is FREE and only goes until 4:15. When you have more than one child it just gets so crazy!

Mary said...

I have this same problem -- some people don't have a sense of direction, well I don't have a sense of time. It is hard and time keeps on ticking (ticking, ticking...) but I hope that you don't say no to gno!

Crystal Escobar said...

great post, I'm new to your blog, and love it. I feeling the same way, I think I have my ups and downs as far as being on top of things. Sometimes I have it all together, and others, like today, I just feel completely scattered and overwhelmed, and in the process, don't get anything done.

AndieF said...

Welcome Crystal! I'm glad that I'm not the only one that has ups and downs.

Another thing I'm learning that now is apparently not "my season" for doing any handwork. I see on so many other blogs people that are knitting or sewing or creating things. I would love to be able to do more, and often express that here, but I think I'm finally realizing that it is o.k. for me to spend my time right now just cooking, cleaning, and teaching and caring for children. Those are the things that I need to concentrate my time on, and that is enough.

There will be another time in my life when there will be less small children in my home and there will be time for more handwork and such. Better to spend time on a few and do it well than spread myself between too many, and do none well.