Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Caregiving and Time Management

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Caregiving and Time Management

Caregiving and Time Management

One of the greatest challenges we all face is trying to manage our busy schedules. Whether you are working full time, caregiving for a loved one, parenting, or all of the above, you will benefit from time management skills. The challenge is how to implement these skills in an effective way. This is especially true for caregivers, as they are tasked with many pressing things, such as their loved one’s health, their families, and even a full-time job. Today, we will go over some strategies to help you manage your time better.

Time management is important because not only can it help you become more organized, but it can often help you reduce stress. How so? Because creating an organized system to accomplish tasks can often be a productive way to get everything you need done. Also, it allows you to choose your top priorities so you get those done first, and then you can move on to the rest. Read below for some tips on how to practice time management.

(1) Make time for yourself[1]: This may seem counterintuitive at first, but one of the most important things you can do is to set aside some personal time. It is important because you cannot be expected to accomplish other things for other people if you are too exhausted, overworked, and over-burdened. Thus, take time out of your schedule to do activities you enjoy or to catch up on some relaxation. Whatever you choose, make sure it is rejuvenating and good for you.

(2) Have a system: Having a system can mean many things for many people. Perhaps one of the most popular systems you can create is a daily planner in which you write down your goals and tasks for the day, week, or month ahead. This is a good strategy because it allows you to store these goals and tasks in a place other than your own memory, the latter of which can become less reliable the busier we are. Set realistic goals in your planner. That means, don’t set out to do a month’s work in one day. Instead, break up your tasks in pieces and make sure you work towards a realistic end point.

(3) Define roles: If you happen to be working with other family members or friends to care for your loved one, then make sure you establish clear roles for everyone. It can save you a lot of time to avoid fixing problems that could have been solved with a 30-minute conversation about what to expect from each other.

(4) Organize: The busier we get, the more likely we are prone to let our living space get cluttered. This can translate into a cluttered mind. Make a habit of reorganizing your work space and living space so it doesn’t cause a source of secondary frustration.

(5) One task at a time: Perhaps one of the great killers of accomplishing goals is doing too much at once. You cannot expect to finish something if you are trying to finish ten other things at the same time. While multi-tasking can sometimes be a useful skill in certain contexts, it can also get in the way of your daily goals. Do one thing at a time and you’ll be surprised how much you can get done.

(6) Prioritize: Identify the things that need to be done the soonest. Do those first, and then move on to the next pressing task.

(7) Do harder things when you have the most energy: If you can plan it, do more challenging or time-consuming tasks when you have a lot of energy. For example, if you are a morning person, then try devoting one of your harder tasks to the morning. Sometimes you can’t plan everything, so do not get frustrated if it cannot always work out ideally.

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[1] Source: AARP

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