Running a business, managing a family and working a full time job is a recipe for disaster if you do not have a well thought out plan. People ask me all the time how I do it all. I will admit some days I get it right and some days I fail. I am not perfect but over the years I have adopted a few techniques that have helped me manage my time better.

  1. Understand your priorities. In order to get things done you have to know which things for focus on first. Make a list of all the things you have to accomplish for the week and then list them in order of priority.

  2. Plan for tomorrow. At the end of the day I look at my to-do list for the week and plan my next day according to my priorities. I try to accomplish 3 major things each day to make sure I am not overwhelming myself.

  3. Create a routine. I know, structure and routines sound so boring but it is effective. I have a lot on my plate each day and in order to get it done I have to live a structured life. Now this does not mean each week looks the exact same. It means I plan the week according to our schedules and I stick with the plan. I have a cleaning schedule {click here to download} and schedule spending time with my husband. I also take the time to sneak in a cup a tea and reading each night. I promise that if you find a routine and stick with it you will find that you will be less overwhelmed with all the tasks on your list.

  4. Use an organization tool. Some like to write to-do list, using a planner or their favorite app on their phones. No matter which is best for you, it is important to use something besides your brain to manage your day.

  5. Don’t beat yourself up. We are not perfect. You are going to miss something and you are going to make a mistake. Shake it off and start again the next day.