Management - Single Moms' Tools for Systematic Planning
By Michael Lee
There are planning tools that
can be applied to time management, especially
for single moms, as they are one of the most
time-pressed and stress-inclined people of all. Time
management sometimes leaves single moms
Torn between the roles of parenthood
and breadwinning, single moms sometimes need
a hand to help them in their quest to make the most out of their
days. If you think it's tough being a mom, try being a working
mom. If you think it's tough being a working mom, try being
a single mom.
One of these tools below, Steven
Covey's Quadrants, has gained exposure through the book "Seven
Habits of Highly Effective People". It has since been adopted
in management trainings, leadership seminars, and team building
activities, to teach people how to dedicate their time. The
other tool is a simple ranking system to prioritize time, and
the last is a simple time allotment strategy.
So, all set to learn time management
tricks, single moms? Read on!
Time Management for Single
Moms Tool #1: Steven Covey's Quadrants.
According to Steven Covey, we
can classify our priorities into four:
--This is composed of situations like crisis and pressing
problems, and activities like projects that have deadlines.
--Things like spending time with family and building relationships,
self-improvement and skills acquisition, planning, and considering
new opportunities. These are salient to your life, but do
not have to be done now.
--Anything that seems pressing but doesn't have an overall
big impact or consequence to your life, like some meetings
or calls that you have to attend to right now, or at least
as soon as possible.
- Not Important and Not Urgent
--Things that you can really do without, like playing solitaire
on the computer for an hour, etc.
Covey believes that a person should
not allow himself/herself to get caught up in Quadrants I and III.
It's easy to get swept away by the current of urgency. He believes,
however, that due focus should be given to Quadrant II. These activities
build up the person, and in the long run, attending to Quadrant
II would enrich the person's life.
Single moms must have the discipline
to admit that something, though it may be urgent, is not important,
and thus may trim those from their lives if need be. More so should
discipline be applied to things that are neither important nor urgent.
An objective and firm decision must be made in classifying your
for Single Moms Tool #2: Ranking Your Tasks.
We do lists every day, right?
And being a single mom, you are only too familiar with the jotting
down of groceries and what-not. Well, this should be no different.
Just list down everything you need to do, and then rank them
up by urgency. Limit yourself to ten per day, and tick off these
tasks as you finish them. Simple, right?
Management for Single Moms Tool #3: Allotting Your Time.
Plan your day, giving out an
amount of time per activity. Say, walking your dog is an hour,
bathing and feeding the kids another hour, work has three hours
in the morning, followed by thirty minutes of lunch break, etcetera.
The most important is not the time allotment itself, but more
of sticking to the allotment. Discipline is needed; but if you're
determined, nothing's impossible.
is a skill that single moms must learn and
learn well. With the dual role you have (and who knows what
other things you'll be able to do), being able to allocate time,
prioritize, and accomplish your tasks are important for you.
I hope you learned something and can apply these tools in your
daily hurdles. Good luck!
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