Top 5 Time Management Tools


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Create a Simple "To-do" List
Kids can help out and make their own to-do lists.
Kids can help out and make their own to-do lists.
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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the combined schedules of everyone in your family: doctor's appointments, dance recitals, football games, work deadlines and the like all add up to a jam-packed existence. So how can you avoid letting things slip through the cracks?

One way is to literally take it one day at a time. While long-range calendars are great for big-picture planning, a checklist that covers a single day is much easier to swallow. Sit down at the beginning of every week to get an idea of what each day will bring, and then find a time to work in everything else that needs to be done. After that, make an individual list for each day. Remember, not everything has to get done right this minute; if the plan is to go to the post office on Wednesday, don't put it on the lists for Monday and Tuesday. That will only add frustration to your hectic life.

Now that you're on the right track, make sure the rest of your family is, too. Look on the next page for ways to streamline your household scheduling.