Monday, July 23, 2012

Time Management

If there's one thing that's quite difficult to master especially for Moms out there, I guess it would be time management.  I'd been a working Mom since day one and still until this very moment.  It's hard to cope up with your daily responsibilities as a Mom and work and venture into a career. I'd been seeing a lot of comments from other people that you can only be good at one or successful at one, and more often you will be compelled to choose one.  In the beginning, it was really a challenge for me. I love my family so much and I always wanted to be a good Mom.  If there's one thing that fulfills me, it's seeing my children grow up to be responsible, God fearing, intelligent, disciplined and good individuals.  Only then could I convince myself that hey, I have done a great job!  

When my kids were still on primary school, a lot of parents who always see me at school during school activities and are aware that I am a working Mom always asked me how I am able to manage both tasks with much ease.  They always see me in school attending meetings, watching school programs and supporting my kids during competitions.  How I am able to do it?

  • Of course, mastering time management and having that passion for both my family and career. I guess if you love what you're doing, you wouldn't feel the burden. 
  • Being organized is another thing.  Prioritizing is the key.  I always set a goal for myself and always maintain a planner and a diary book for my daily, weekly and monthly tasks.  If it's a routine, I do not include it in the list anymore.
  • I couldn't survive without the loving help from a house helper.  I do the supervision in managing the household. I do the grocery shopping, paying the bills, checking on the cleanliness and maintenance of the house then I just give instructions to the house helper.
  • During vacation leaves and off days.  I do general cleaning, cook foods for the family, re arrange the furniture, decorate the house and go out and spend time with my kids.
  • I'm just in the office for 8 to 10 hours, the rest, I'm on my own so I could decide what to do on those free time. 
Now that I'm already working away from home (as an OFW), nothing much had changed except that my time with the kids were lessened but it doesn't compromise the quality time that I spend with them whenever I'm home.  They are teens now, so they have more activities in school from which they are both engaged with.  In fact, they could hardly notice my absence.  When they need to consult me for anything, I am just a text away.  We do talk regularly.  Apart from going home regularly each year, I do bring them with me here for a short vacation during school breaks. They loved the idea that they could get that chance to be out of the country once in a while.  I think it's great and we are all okay with our current arrangement.  I'm still trying to master time management though.  I still have a lot of things to do and catch up with.  But I think I'm on the right track.

It takes a lot of discipline and hard work for you to be able to manage your time wisely. But if you do it successfully, then you will feel that certain kind of fulfillment and that's very rewarding! :)


28 comments:

Rovie Aguis said...

Congrats Sis. It is so true that time management is hard to master but in your case you seem to do it with flying colors.

I'm happy for you.

Suggestion: why don't you share this post in our group and start a comment exchange thread? Para mas masaya naman doon. :)

krizza said...

Thanks Rovs! It's one of my achievements that I can be truly proud of! Determination is the key....:)

rona said...

Ikaw na talaga sis krizza! I am learning from you bit by bit as I am seeing it hard to manage my time. Wala pang anak yan ah? Hahaha.. Anyway, siguro innate na talaga sa mga mommy yan so I know Ill be able to manage my time as well.

krizza said...

Thnaks Ning! Minsan I also wonder kung panu ko nagagawang pagsabayin yung full time job ko, maintaining my blogs, raket sa online tasks, supervising the studies of my kids, maintain ng house namin at house for rental. But I'm very happy to know na kaya ko pala kung gugustuhin. :)

kim said...

couldn't agree more, girl! and only those people who have very high level of discipline can master time management, lol!

Deli said...

This is great that you are able to manage all the challenges that come with working and having a family at the same time :) Have a good day :)

Aileen said...

When it comes to time management, I think I still have quite great opportunities for improvement hehehe....Sometimes, I tend to squander time which is of course counter productive. I guess being a mom is a good training ground for you. :-)

Allan said...

good for you to still managed your time especially to your kids even they are miles away from you. Though you are physically absent, I know that your kids are still connected to you. You manged to have constant communication with them which usually lacks in some OFWs to their family here.

Mommy Maye said...

I agree with you! That's the big problem of working moms like us. I have so many things in mind that I would love to do aside from my daily work. That's why I am figuring out how can I manage my time wisely.

Farida said...

Prioritizing the most important I guess will keep the tasks on hand rolling. Take care and God bless!

Ron said...

Proper time management requires full dedication and discipline.It's a work from home freelancer biggest nightmare if ever not planned properly.

Yhey said...

I sometimes go off-track my own time management plans. But, I do agree that there is a feeling of fulfillment when you are able to go by the time management! :)

January said...

this is definitely true! working moms like us really need good time management.

Lady Spring said...

Me & Time Management have not been friends since I got out of college XD I thought I would be so happy without all the studying, exams, papers etc., but truth is I became more confused and out of focus when I was all of a sudden not required to do anything. *lol*

So I'm stuffing my schedule with forgotten hobbies etc., I'm keeping a monthly goal list but maybe I should do a daily list as well?! Micromanage orz!

Gelo said...

Great to know that, everybody should know how to manage time effectively keep it up!

Michelle Villarta-Cabanas said...

A task tracker and a planner really helps a lot I agree. I work at home and that's supposed to be easy thinking that I can manage everything from here. But it's not. I really need to learn time management well. :-)

Michelle Villarta-Cabanas said...

Following you now by the way. :-)

kat said...

Moms are the best time managers.

jhenz balatico said...

Time management is really a must!

Bee said...

I salute you for finding time for your kids even if you are away. :)

Sumi Go said...

Time management seems simple yet very hard in reality. One needs to really have a clear view of his/her priorities and have the discipline to follow the plans.. :)

Pearl said...

I couldn't agree with you more... workings moms can really be considered supermoms! :-) I think this title is more apt if you have toddlers and preschool kids because those are the times when kids require more attention, but nevertheless, being a mother is still a 24/7 job.

Thess Enriquez said...

Super agree sis. I'm keeping online and offline work so time management is really important to me. I do my work during the weekdays and dedicate my weekends for my son.

Khimbyrlee Eerlrybmihk said...

It's really hard to master time management. But you can make your own time. :D

ae mi lee said...

I don't know if I suck at time management or I'm just a procrastinator that I always end up cramming. Nice tips, btw. It's nice to know that you're being a great mom even overseas.

Lizzie Travels said...

Sometimes, I also struggle with time management. But so far, I am happy with my accomplishments each day.

kath said...

still doing my best to master this..hihi! :D

promding chamimay said...

i can totally relate... am trying to master time management too!

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