You were just about to reach the conclusion of that captivating dream when the sounds of crying abruptly wake you up from a deep slumber. You turn anxiously to look at the clock and want to scream. It’s only six in the morning; you could’ve slept until seven. After the baby wakes up, your other children start running around the house. You’ve got to feed the baby, prepare the kids for school, and turn in that paper before work starts all within the next hour.
Although every person has a different experience in the morning, all parents can understand and relate to the hecticness of a busy household. Sometimes, it seems as though nothing can get accomplished when you have to manage the lives of multiple people under one roof. Fortunately, there are some solutions to this problem. Here are a few tips for managing a household on a busy schedule.
1. Clarify the most important tasks for the day.
It can seem impossible for parents to accomplish all their goals in one day. This is especially true of proactive parents and overachievers, who may feel unsatisfied if they fall short of daily goals. Before the day starts, clarify the most important tasks to be completed before dinnertime. This helps everyone in the household remain focused and determined. You can write these tasks down and post them on the refrigerator for all to see but consider a digital means to help everyone get the message. Use a to-do template from the Evernote app to share your checklist with family members wherever they are. Each member of the household needs access to these tasks in order to collaborate, so what better way to share them than through their devices?
2. Give each member of the household certain responsibilities.
Although every individual within a household will want to accomplish their own tasks for the day, there are some common goals that the entire household will have to complete together. Some of these chores include cleaning, taking out the trash, cooking dinner, preparing for school, and much more. Instead of having each person frantically attempting to perform these tasks, it’s much more efficient and productive to divide these responsibilities between everyone in the household. When each member of the household has a certain task to complete, there is much less confusion and chaos. Furthermore, if a particular responsibility isn’t accomplished at the end of the day, it will be clear who didn’t finish their chore.
3. Resist the urge to micromanage.
Many parents have the urge to micromanage their busy households. This habit can manifest in a variety of ways. Whether you repeatedly ask a child to finish their homework or consistently bother your significant other to take out the trash, this incessant nagging won’t help to accomplish these goals. Some parents make the mistake of assuming that each piece of a household’s schedule needs to have oversight. It is important for parents to honor their children’s acquired level of independence. Avoiding the urge to micromanage can greatly reduce your stress levels and leave you with more time to accomplish your own goals.
4. Take a break from the chaos.
Managing a household on a busy schedule can be stressful and time-consuming. Instead of getting caught up in the anxiety, it’s important to take some breaks from the chaos when possible. Even a five-minute nap or short walk outside will do wonders for your attitude for the rest of the day. These regular breaks can even make it possible to accomplish more.