Family, Lifestyle

Time Management in a Big Family

As one might imagine, life in home of nine can be chaotic at times.  This is where time management is key.  Time management doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me.  Rather, it is a means of survival.  I know that if I’m not on point in this area, disorganization is to follow.  Disorganization, in turn, leads to chaos.

If I had my way, I would live a life full of spontaneity and adventure.  The adventure part, I still have lots of with This Big House, but the spontaneous side of life sometimes lacks.  With so many different schedules to juggle, Esther and I have been forced to become planners.  About once a month, we get together and come up with a schedule to include chores for the kids, extra-curricular activities for the kids, date night for mommy and daddy, family time, and much more.  With so much to do, and so little time to do it, our calendar fills up quickly!

With so much going on in This Big House, it can be difficult to remember all of the little things that need to get done.  This Big House errands and home maintenance tasks pile up so quickly and continuously that it sometimes gets overwhelming.  It can be easy to do nothing because we don’t know where to start.  Of course, this isn’t an option as it would just lead to more disorganization and chaos.  This is where writing a to-do list comes in handy for me.  First, it helps me to not forget anything I need to get done.  Second, I get a sense of accomplishment as I complete an item on the to-do list.  Checking each item off they are completed gives me something tangible to see my progress.

The third thing we find ourselves doing to improve our time management in This Big House is as simple as constantly maximizing our time wherever possible.  In other words, “killing two birds with one stone”.  For example, if I need something from the local home improvement store, I will try to go at a time when I am already making a trip to the gym.  With our time so limited, I try not to have an idle moment when I could be doing something to be productive.

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While all of the above is good for time management, I believe there has to be a positive end goal.  For us, that is leisure time.  Leisure, also known as quality time, is what life is all about for This Big House.  Proper time management allows has to have this time!

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