How to manage your time effectively

Dear Working Moms: I don’t know how you do it! I am a stay at home mom and I have 1 kid and I have trouble managing my time effectively. Like for the past hour, I’ve been reading blog posts on WordPress and getting distracted by Instagram every 10-minutes when I have a lot of housework to do. My son (at 11am this morning) , on the contrary to his normal clinginess, has been playing independently for the past hour. So i had a chance to get housework done but I was like “this is my only chance to read, he doesn’t have school today so I need to read. Also, I have lots of videos on YouTube that I didn’t watch yet (motivational self improvement stuff) but I have housework to do and some writing work…”

A little glimpse inside my head at 11:30am this morning: “So many things to do and I have the time, it’s just I have trouble prioritising what I need most importantly to be done. I got so much reading to catch up on and there are so many blog posts that I have kept on saved because I haven’t had the time to read them. I know what I’m doing is wrong and I know that I’ve been reading for a while. I need to stop now and do something else. I need to do some housework because housework is my priority right now because when I was sick I was unable to do housework and when I got better I did some of the housework but I still haven’t done the bathrooms in more than 2 weeks so this is what I’m going to do. I feel like I really need to write a blog post right now but I’m going to stop and I will edit the blog post later ok but I know it’s about time management and I will take my socks off even though it’s cold and I’m going to clean the bathrooms. I know it’s the right thing to do. I did not make a to-do list today and this is what happens when I don’t make a to-do list. I feel very unorganised and I don’t know how to prioritise my time because I didn’t write a to-do list. So to-do list or not I’m going right now to post this blog so I could encourage myself to go and clean the bathrooms. I just have this fear that the moment I start cleaning the bathroom, my son’s going to stop playing independently and I’m not going to be able to do it so I’m going to do it right now.”

Fast forward to 2pm, let’s see what happened. I ended up cleaning 2 bathrooms out of 3 (i actually have 4 bathrooms but the 4th is a maid’s bathroom but i don’t have a maid so i clean the bathrooms we use) but the moment i started cleaning the 1st bathroom, my son’s spidey senses detected my movements and stopped playing and just sat in front of the bathroom asking occasionally if he can help with something. While i was cleaning the 2nd bathroom, my son started asking a million questions about my cleaning technique like “why are you using 2 different sponges?” and “why aren’t you cleaning the walls?” and then he started touching everything and i started yelling and then i’d hug him and apologize for yelling and at the end i decided it would be best if i cleaned the 3rd bathroom tomorrow while he is at school because at night i’d be too exhausted to do any housework.

Right now my son is wreaking havoc in the house while i write this, so i have got to go. I tried to give him as much attention as possible, as these past 2 hours were full of tantrums and crying. I don’t know if he is tired or sick or just trying to get my attention but i could really use some time management tips because i got none. I have made so many cleaning schedules but i can’t seem to follow them.

I made a to do list at 12pm and felt better immediately.

Here are some tips on time management that i found on pinterest. I hope it motives you and I to manage our time more effectively. Whether you are struggling with housework, exercising, spending more time with your kids, or all of the above (as in my case) i hope you find this blog post beneficial.

Thank you for reading.