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I find sometimes with 5 kids at home things can seem very overwhelming. I recently purchased an egg timer. I set it for 10 minutes and do things in 10 minute increments. I seem to get more done instead of trying to finish everything all at once. It doesn't seem as overwhelming when you break it down.
Avoid this morning time-stealer. Do not start your day reviewing e-mail. Chances are you will get off-schedule and find yourself responding to other people's needs instead of yours.
Plan your day first and then allow a set amount of time to browse e-mails quickly. Set a timer and pay attention to it. Quit when it rings. If time allows, give another quick look later in the day. Learn to delete, especially ads from strangers.
By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA
N.E.T. (Not Enough Time) syndrome is the acronym I have given to those occasions when I feel like there simply isn't enough time in each day for me to do the things I either need to do or think I need to do. Do you have days like that? If so, here's my description and suggested cure for N.E.T. syndrome.
Assuming too much responsibility at home, work, and socially.
Acquire and practice the skill of saying "No" in order to prevent daily overload. Establish and remain committed to priorities, making time for yourself a top priority and sticking with that plan. Accept the fact that due to circumstances beyond your control, sometimes things just do not go as planned. Some things have to be pushed to another time or possibly even remain undone.
With the hectic schedule for families these days I found an article in a magazine that I was impressed with and I hope will help some of you busy mothers. For each child they hung a labeled mesh basket in ladder style to organize papers, permission slips etc.
You could use wicker baskets, file folders or anything that would separate the kids papers. Dividers were inserted in each that you could designate for days of the week or what ever works best for your family. Papers the kids need Mom to see go in Mom's basket.
A cork bulletin board divided with ribbon into 30 squares (one square is shared like on regular calendars) made for notes that are meant for everyone. All you have to do is change the month's name and move the numbers to the right day. The numbers could be painted on thumbtacks so they can be easily moved.
On a rigid surface bulletin board sticky note paper could be used in each square with the day's number written on it and for writing notes, then discarded at the end of the month. Or several blank sheets of paper could be put behind the crossgrid of ribbon and written on directly then at the end of the month peal of the top layer and you are ready for the next month.
An assortment of pens, markers, tacks, sticky notes etc. could be in another basket or perhaps a drawer nearby.
You could do the same thing with a chalk board by taping the grid on and writing the number of the day on.
Instead of everyone's papers piling up and some getting lost or handed in late, someone not getting their cookies made this looked like a great organizing tool to me.
Source: Real Simple magazine
By Ann/latrtatr from Loup City, NE
When I'm just not up to doing a particular multi-part task, I can usually get it done by breaking it down. I can pull the laundry out of the dryer and set the basket in the laundry room and grab a handful, just a handful, every time I pass that way. Everyone can fold 1 handful of laundry. I can empty 1 rack of dishes waiting for the toast to pop or while on hold.