Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Woman to Woman: Time Management For Busy Women
In tonight's Woman To Woman report, we're talking time, or lack of it. Wonder where it all goes and how we can make better use of the time we have? Tonight, we're sharing a formula for gaining some extra minutes in the day.
(WSVN) -- Does it feel from the moment the alarm clock goes off in the morning that you're rushing a hundred miles a minute?
"If I'm working my day starts at 7:30," says Busy Woman Debbie Nodar
That 24 hours just isn't enough time.
"It's normally get in the car, run fifty million errands," says Debbie.
Debbie is among the millions of women with too much to do and not enough time.
On this day, we went along with this part-time teacher, full-time wife and mom... while she made five stops in just one hour.
"I finally get to bed at night," she says, "and it's where did the day go?"
While turning back the hands of time isn't an option, organization expert Maria Bailey says it is possible to put your time to better use.
Start by figuring out how your time is spent.
"Write down for one week what you do with your time and look at where are my priorities and where do I really want to spend that time?" says Office Depot Work/Family Balance Expert Maria Bailey.
If most of your minutes are spent doing housework, bailey says condense your chores.
"For instance," Maria says, "I try to make all of my dinners Sunday night, that way during the week, I have extra time to spend with my children."
Have your children pitch in, it will give you more time with them, while allowing you to finish what you have to do.
You can also save time spent searching for things by...
"Incorporating into your family life some of the skills you might use at the office," says Maria, "For instance, having in and out boxes."
And a family communication center, where all important events are written down on just one calendar.
And finally make a list the night before of all the things you have to do the next day.
"By thinking ahead," Maria says, "it keeps the whole family better organized."
Debbie doesn't leave the house without her organizer and tries to spend quality time, even if it's in the car, with her daughters.
For all the rushing around, this mom says it's worth it.
"It's the best thing in the world," Debbie says, "wouldn't trade it for anything."
One last piece of advice: experts say try to have your clothes laying out for the next day and your bags packed and sitting by the door.
It will save you time, and a headache in the morning.
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Maria Bailey-Office Depot Work/Family Balance Expert