And with all we’re trying to manage, it’s no wonder we’re not sleeping, and consequently feeling exhausted and suffering from a variety of ailments, whether headaches and back pain or repetitive strain and digestive issues. All this in the name of ‘getting it all done’.
Though the ever-increasing stress levels can leave us feeling overwhelmed (or worse), there are a few simple ways to get more done in a day without cloning yourself.
The first and easiest way to shorten the list of responsibilities you face is to delegate tasks and projects to others – either at home or on the job.
Consider the following:
1. Get all the family members together, including your spouse and the kids. Put together a list of all the chores and responsibilities that need managing in a given week and divide it up amongst the group. For example, many kids 12years old and up are capable of sorting and doing simple loads of laundry.
2. Keep a list on the fridge with each family member’s name and their responsibilities, which can be checked off as their done. Rewards for attention to detail and such are a great way to keep the family motivated.
3. Do you have pets? Give the responsibility of feeding and refreshing the water to the kids. When it comes time for their baths and haircuts, hire a pet-sitter to take your pet to and from the groomer. It’s just one more thing on your “to-do” list that you can cross-off.
4. For Birthday, Holiday, or other party-planning needs, simplify your life by hiring a party-planner to coordinate and manage the details.
5. When you’re traveling, hire a sitter to bring in your mail, check on the house, and care for your pets, so you can really relax and enjoy your time away.
1. Get the kids involved in small tasks at work. I know of one small business owner who has his 12-yo daughter enter all his invoices into Quickbooks one day after school each week, for his review afterwards. She gets extra allowance and it saves him time to do more important things in building his business.
2. Hire an outside service to take care of planning trips and such. Give the planner your itinerary with a list of your priorities, which saves your precious time for more important tasks and decisions.
3. We all have information that can easily fall through the cracks, whether it’s license renewals, taxes, thank-you cards, or customer birthdays. Use Microsoft Outlook, or some other management program to keep track of information and dates for projects, contacts, tasks, and “to-do” lists.
With a bit of planning, and being persistent in delegating, you can drastically reduce your own load, so you can sleep at night, take better care of yourself and your health, and get more enjoyment out of each day.