It might seem like a boring topic to some but now that I’m back working part-time as well as being a wife and mum (plus all the other ‘hats’ that I wear at any given moment), the concept of time management has been filling my mind frequently.
With so many things on the ‘to-do’ list, it can be difficult just to manage what you need to do, let alone finding time for what you want to do.
I’ve struggled with this for a long time but just recently finally committed to something I always knew was going to make a massive difference – and it has.
I don’t watch much television anymore.
Now, I’m betting if my brothers are reading this they are laughing their heads off right now. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the telly and could quite easily be drawn into pretty much anything.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have shows that I watch regularly (at the moment it’s The Block and Gogglebox – and when Offspring comes back next year I’m going to be all over that!) but I’ll still go about doing things while they are on (except for Offspring – I give my full attention to that one), including making lunches, folding clothes or sweeping the floor.
The thing is, as much as I didn’t want to admit it for so long, I was just wasting away my time.
Time that could have been spent writing a blog, learning a new skill and being more productive in general.
As a working parent (or, let’s face it, as humans), time is a precious commodity and if we’re not careful it can just disappear on us and we have nothing to show for it.
I’m not saying to stop watching television. But I think being mindful of what you are watching and make a decision about how it is serving (or not serving) can make a big difference to how you choose to spend your time.
For me, just spending time reading a book or a magazine that I enjoy, or getting into a new project, is how I’d rather spend my time.
It’s about using that time for something that will benefit me and I will enjoy, instead of mindlessly whiling away the hours.
How about you? How do you like to spend your free time? How have you managed to claw back some time for yourself?