07 Aug Time management for single dads
Time management for single dads – As a single dad with kids, making the most of your time with and without your kids is important. So after reading a few articles and listening to a few podcasts on the subject, I thought it might be useful to make a bit of a list of the tips I found most useful (with a few of my own tips thrown in)
Make a list
A great way to start is by making list, when I write my list down it becomes real and I know what needs to be done that day and make myself accountable to get it done. I try to keep the list as realistic as possible, I found that a list of 4 or 5 things to do works well. Even if I only end up doing 4 of the 5 I’ve still achieved most of my goals for that day. I can always put the fifth thing to the top of the next day’s list.
Break tasks up
When I’ve got a few big jobs on, it helps to break them up into smaller tasks. So if I’m trying to read a book (probably for the last 6 months), I try and set 15 – 20 minutes aside every day. At least this way I get a few pages or chapters under my belt. If that fails I just get it as an audio book. 🙂
Get it done
If there is something really important you need to get done in a day, then you have to get in the mindset that you won’t let yourself be stopped until the jobs done. I know it’s harder said than done but if you can focus on that one task until it’s done then you can draw a line through it and move on with your day.
Importance of downtime
When I have the kids I try and carve out a bit of downtime. This is a time when I and the kids can reconnect after them being at their mum’s. It’s great going to the kid’s football or gym classes but nothing beats relaxing with the kids and putting a film on.
Miss a night out
When I don’t have the kids on a weekend it’s really tempting to have a night out planned. Sometimes though it’s a good idea for me to not go out and just have no plans. It gives me time to get myself sorted for the week ahead (minus the hangover). Also if I have a last minute change of heart I can always try and pull something together.
This one is obvious but whenever it’s possible I take the kids with me on errands. One, it saves arranging childcare and putting a friend or relative out, two, it gives me chance to try and change a dull mundane task into a little adventure. With this said though I’ve found that some tasks take twice as long with kids and are basically impossible.
I’ve found that getting up early and working out before work is a great way to free up time. The main benefit for me is the workout’s done and out of the way, also with not having to work out after work it frees up time in the evening.
And that’s it, that’s my Time management for single dads, Thanks for reading. As always if you have any comments or you have any advice yourself please leave a comment below it would be great to hear from you.