Any time management suggestions?

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Registered: 04-28-2013
Any time management suggestions?
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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:59am

Hello. I'm 69 this year, guardian of grandchildren (This is my third set of children to raise.), so I have very little time to myself and low to mediuim organization skills. My week day goes something like this. Getting two of the children off to school 7-8:50 am; return from bus stop and the other two watch cartoons while I do some HH chores and tend to business matters usually taking 1.5 hrs. Then we go outside for 1+ hrs: they play while I do yard work or we might go to the park. Then we go inside, have lunch, catch school bus for PM classes. I return home, have my lunch (usually my first meal of the day, so I'm already tired), do HH chores and/or take a nap, meet sch bus, bring all children home for their snack and relax time until 4:30. go outside, keep appts, run errands, etc; 6 ish, I start dinner, eat dinner, help w/sch work and learning skills, then have a family game time before brushing teeth and getting ready for bed; now 9pm. I'm on computer in adjoining room until they fall asleep. Then in kitchen; with hubby; wrapping up HH chore's loose ends, then go to bed about 11pm. Result: These energetic little people keep me scatter-brained enough, that I seldom eat when I should, forget my vitamins, and am so tired I often have to take a nap while they're in school. This usually causes something left undone, so I have to double up the next day. I have a planner and notebooks not always with me when I need them. I requested white and cork boards be put up in the busy hub of the home. I have them, but they were put up where someone else said they would best be utilized. Since they are not in direct view they are useless as reminders on hectic mornings to jog my old memory. So I start the day with stress.

I want to regain my health through morning breathing exercises and every other day some toning exercises. Then walk in the afternoon. I need to eat breakfast, but that usually doesn't happen until lunch. Hubby excels each evening in working with the children; I am the helper. Any suggestions?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-19-2010
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:27am

Maybe take a time management course.

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 8:39am

You're welcome!

Erin
Community Technical Assistant, iVillage.com

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2013
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:13am

Thank you, and thanks again.

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Administrator
Registered: 01-20-2004
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 10:39am

Hi! Welcome. :)

I'm tired out just by reading everything you and your hubby are doing!

We have a few boards that can offer some information:

Your Well-Being: Ages 60 Plus
Cleaning & Organizing
Grandparents
50ish & Beyond Parents

You didn't mention the ages of the kiddos, so here's a general link to the toddlers & preschoolers section and the gradeschoolers, tweens, and teens section.

Good luck!!

Erin
Community Technical Assistant | Community Moderator
iVillage.com