“Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they’re put in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
This empowering quote by Eleanor Roosevelt simply brings to light the strength of a woman and how she rises to the occasion gallantly when faced with a tough and challenging situation. Especially for a working woman loaded with domestic responsibilities, every day is a challenge! Women have come a long way – today they are strong, educated, self sufficient and financially independent without letting go of their softness, innocence, their loving and caring nature.
Ask a woman what she wishes for – she will easily claim ‘a million hands and a million hours in a day’!
However, life doesn’t work that way – we only have two hands and 24 hours in a day. Time is of the essence, and honestly said – a little effort and smart time management becomes the requisite key to unlock a challenging day! Time management is synonymous with self management – the power lies in you.
When it comes to office and home – one needs to figure out how to balance home and office work. Time management for the working woman is critical. The keyword is ‘Prioritize’. Here are some useful time management tips for the working woman
Begin your day early
At home leave your office aside. Begin your day early and mentally skim through the chores for the day and start prioritizing. Waking up early gives you ample time to help balance out your chores for the day (office and home) and simply gives you more time to think through your thoughts. It is amazing how much time you have in your hands if you just try and wake up earlier than usual. For a fresh start, an early morning walk for half an hour will gear you up for the rest of the day.
Domestic chores are ideally best to be done in the early morning before heading out to work, so that your evenings are more relaxing and you can spend time with your family. Cook smart – by making simple but nutritious dishes to manage time. Getting a domestic help/maid would drastically help one in reducing the burden of household chores. Take your two-wheeler instead of your fours to reach office and back home quicker – this makes life easier as you make your way through hectic traffic and get to save time.
Things to Do – Keep it to Weekends
Most of the shopping for the house, it is best to do it off in the weekend, keeping your weekdays free off extra unnecessary chores. Keep a notepad to constantly jot down the ‘things to do’ and this will help you prioritize and remember all the things that need to be done. Not well-versed with the paper way? No problem – technology has grown in bounds; your mobile phones and laptops have reminders and tasks functionalities to keep track of your things to do. Make use of it!
Involve your Spouse
Times have changed – women and men are both working these days and hence logically speaking both must equally share the responsibilities of home. Women must especially remember that men are physically stronger and they should contribute jointly and more towards household activities. Make an effort to communicate this with your spouse and work out ways to manage household activities and children, together. Especially, when it comes to children, managing their studies and activities is something that men can probably take care of.
Be a Responsible Professional
At office, leave your home aside. Be dedicated to your work and make sure you have your superior’s respect and support at all times. Do not give them reason to point a finger at you or have any complaints. Do the best that you can diligently and responsibly. During your break or lunch time or free time if any – you can check on your house, children and anything else that is important. It is important for the working woman to be professionally responsible,
Working from Home
If you are working from home, put in more effort and give no way for shortcomings from your end. Keep a keen alert on new mails and promptly respond and carry out the work requests. Make sure you don’t slack in time and ensure you meet deadlines whether you working from home or office.
Having a family member, childcare personnel or day care center to take of your child during the day is a good option – so that you can reduce working from home. Put in extra hours if need be and request your husband or family member to manage some household responsibilities just for that day which you usually take care of otherwise. Make sure you have a healthy relationship with your managers and peers, spend time with them, build your work partnership, and don’t always be in a hurry.
Don’t miss out on office outings and activities – make sure you participate in them along with your peers. By enabling simple prioritizing skills and little extra efforts along the way; it greatly helps in managing your day, time and life.
Personal time is a must (Ensure some quality ‘ME’ time)
Last but certainly not the least, a significant aspect in your life is to dedicate some ‘me’ time. Time spent just for you – not for your husband, your children, your family, your work, your home – time spent just for yourself. Try to make time for your social life – meet up with friends, go out for a movie or shopping. In all this hustle we forget to take care of ourselves – groom yourself with some home facial, pedicure/manicure or hair enhancement, or make an appointment at the beauty parlour or spa.
When you look better, you automatically feel better about yourself and the world around. Spend time with your husband, and light up some romance with a movie or dinner out. With kids, we tend to neglect the relationship we have with our better-half, so from time to time the two of you must take some time out and spend quality time together.
By prioritizing your tasks for the day and smart time management, enjoy being a homemaker and a professional executive! Hope these Time management tips for the working woman come in handy