Even though the structure of summer months are a bit more relaxed than usual, as a working parent, juggling a job while the kiddos are out of school can be somewhat overwhelming. Well, who am I kidding? It is overwhelming especially if you don’t stay organized. Here are some tips to use to help keep the daily plans organized, keep your goals and lists set all while enjoying the gratification of placing the big check mark in the box upon completion.
MAKING A TO-DO LIST
1. LIMIT LIST TO CONCRETE TASKS.
By limiting your task to realistic tasks, you’re more likely to feel less overwhelmed and more likely to accomplish them. So keep your list simple.
2. ASSIGN A PRIORITY TO EACH TASK.
Meeting deadlines is important! If there are tasks that are time sensitive, organize them by priority so you can meet those deadlines.
3. PLAN TIME IN SCHEDULE FOR EACH TASK.
There are tasks that will require more time than others. By setting time limitations on each task, you can maximize your time during the day, week, and month.
4. GROUP TASKS BY WHERE THEY’LL BE PERFORMED. (OFFICE, HOME, ERRAND, ETC.)
5. LIST ONLY AS MANY ITEMS AS CAN BE REALISTICALLY ACCOMPLISHED. (IN A DAY, WEEK, ETC.)
Try not to overwhelm yourself with ALL the tasks you need to take care of. Be REALISTIC! You want to set yourself up for success.
6. CROSS OFF COMPLETED TASKS.
Not only will this make you feel good, but it will also create a momentum of productivity and motivation in your life. So when you cross tasks off your lists, remember to celebrate those moments and recognize that you accomplished something either big or small.
7. START NEW LIST!
Creating a new list will keep you productive, aligned and motivated. Remember that there will be times when we can’t finish all our tasks. Let’s be REAL, life happens.
Summer is officially here and many are enjoying their time off from school with relaxed schedules and family vacations. Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach, staying home, or jaunting across these great states of ours, schedule a time to visit your local Educational Outfitters | Academic Outfitters to beat the crowds and back to school rush. Your vacation can be even more relaxed knowing one item on the To-Do list is checked off. Plus, relish in the fact you took advantage of the summer sale which ends soon!