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Tips for Working Parents: Managing Your Time

These days, it’s not easy finding the time to do it all. For working parents, it’s even more of a problem. Try these basic time management tips. They can help you make the best use of your time at home and on the job. And that can help you feel more relaxed and in control.

Set your priorities

Each night, make a list of the 4 to 6 most important tasks for the next day. Sometimes you’ll need to compromise. If your child’s school wants you to bake cookies, you might buy them instead. Try to set aside some time to relax, too!

Woman sitting at kitchen table looking at electronic tablet.

Divide and conquer

Break up a large project, such as writing a complex report, into smaller, easier chunks. List the main parts and the time you will need to do them. Then plan out specific blocks of time in your schedule to do each part.

Double up

Sometimes you can do 2 things at once. For instance, you might have a business call while exercising on a stationary bicycle, or during a relaxing walk. Or you can spend time with family or friends while doing repetitive chores and errands together.

Ask for help

Things don’t always have to be done your way. Good time management also includes freeing yourself up by giving some tasks to other people. Your partner can pitch in. So can your kids, as long as their tasks are right for their age and abilities.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dan Brennan MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather M Trevino BSN RNC
Online Medical Reviewer: Paul Ballas MD
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2022
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