Most people agree that making to do lists is an important tool when it comes to time management. However, running short of time has a lot to do with time-wasting habits that can easily go unnoticed.
For most working moms, it would look something like this:
Don’t answer emails immediately
Checking twice a day is sufficient and you’ll stop interrupting your workflow.
Don’t say yes when you mean no.
It may take some practise, but it IS possible to fend off a request without sounding like a slacker, with a polite: ‘I’d love to, but I’m tied up for a few weeks.’
Don’t get sucked in to negativity
A snippy comment or expression of doubt in your abilities can easily swallow your motivation. Fretting about an often imagined slight is also a huge time-waster.
Don’t let social media distract you.
You may just intend to while away a few empty minutes by scrolling through your timelines, but this can soon gobble up an hour. And instead of passing time, you’re more likely to click away to a must-read article (that you could read later), or start commenting on a busy thread.