Time Management

3 Time-Budgeting Tactics to Add Hours to Your Day
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Caregivers have no shortage of things to do each day. How do you get it all done -- without burning the candle at both ends, so that you sacrifice sleep? You need a battle plan.

Here are some tips from time-management experts that work well for caregivers:

Keep a central calendar. Instead of keeping track of different people's needs in different places, write everything down in one place. Whether you use an online calendar or one stuck to the refrigerator door, having everyone's appointments and events on the same calendar keeps you all "on the same page." Color-code each person's activities with different pens (or online tools) for at-a-glance simplicity.

Tackle tough to-do's first. Don't cross off tasks willy-nilly as you get to them. To be more effective and get more done, tackle the toughest job first. Not only will you have a huge thing out of the way, but you'll save the mental energy that risks being drained all day as you dread the tough task.

Find your "magic hours" when you're most productive. For most people, that's first thing in the morning, though others are natural night owls. Use this time to schedule your most important tasks, whether it's a tricky insurance phone call or a loved one's doctor appointment. Note that your loved one has magic hours too, when he or she feels best, and use them for tough caregiving tasks (like bathing) or outings such as doctor visits.


almost 4 years ago, said...

I already do these things. And I run out of time and energy every day. Doesn't mean they aren't great ideas though Maybe if there were more things -- say five or eight or ten -- there would be something new for me. I am not a time management expert for sure.


over 4 years ago, said...

Thanks Barb - useful piece, and a time-efficient read too! I posted a link.


almost 5 years ago, said...

OOPS! Didn't mean to send a blank message. Do the hardest thing first is great advice. I will need to focus on it. I also take the MOST IMPORTANT five (5) things to do each day and put them on a separate list from my never-ending To-Do Task List. This has helped me much.


almost 5 years ago, said...

I like the idea of magic hours. I am an early riser and get so much done before sunup. But I never considered that he had them to. Usually if he is quiet and not restless I tend to just let him be cuz then I can get my stuff done. But maybe those are the hours I should use to get him showered and shaved and dressed. Food for thought, thanks.


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almost 5 years ago, said...

Thanks for the time sparing information!


almost 5 years ago, said...

We have a big board in my mothers room that has the 7 days of the week. Each Sunday we put everyones appointments on it so that she knows what is going on. We also put the days of the month on it so that she knows what day it is. We have a magnetic sign that says today is so that she knows what day it is. We also have a small netbook tablet that we bring to all appointments. We put new appointments down and put notes and to do lists. it is a good place to keep track of test results and reminders. I must admit that I put off the big jobs. It makes sense to get those done first. I would imagine that it would brighten your day to have the big task done.


almost 5 years ago, said...

I love the reminder to do the toughest job first! It is so easy to put that off. Get it done and the rest of the day is easy stuff.