Time management isn’t always the easiest task, especially when you’re busy being a caregiver and handling all the other tasks that fall your way. But how you approach time management can make it much easier.
Determine Your Priorities and Responsibilities
It’s vital to determine what your priorities are. You may find that it’s easier to write a list of your responsibilities at first, so start there. From there you can start to determine what your higher priorities are. This is so important because your priorities are the things that need to be handled first and foremost. Scheduling these before other tasks and responsibilities ensures that they’ll get done.
Write Everything Down
If you’re not already writing everything down, you should be. Everyone thinks that they’ll remember everything and that they don’t have to write anything down. But the busier you get, the easier it is to forget little things here and there. Keep it simple and just start writing everything down, then you definitely won’t start forgetting things.
Schedule Time for Yourself Before Anything Else
As you’re putting your priorities into your schedule, make sure that you’re putting in time for you first. Self-care should be one of your biggest priorities. The main reason to schedule this first is that you are assured that it’s in your schedule for the day and for the week. And when you’re getting the self-care that you need, you have the energy to take care of everything else that ends up on your schedule. Plus, you can make sure you’ve lined up respite care with elderly care providers to take over for you.
It’s really important that no matter how you approach your schedule that you’re realistic. Some days are going to be better than other days, no matter how well you plan them out. The more flexible and realistic you can be, the easier it’s going to be for you to start setting up ideal schedules for yourself and for your aging family member.
As you work harder at integrating time management tips into your everyday life, you may find that it’s easier for you to trust that they’ll work for you. You may even find that as you plan better and improve your time management, you free up more time than you expect. Time management can help you to get more done while you’re wrestling with the duties of caregiving.