Monday, November 16, 2009

Being a parent & time management.

Lately I've been making a list in my head of all the things I've learned since becoming a parent almost a year ago. I'm surprised by all the ways I've changed and the person I've become. I'm also surprised at how I've stayed the same in some aspects. Over the next few days I'll post from this list I've come up with.

  • Since becoming a parent I have learned time management (finally). I've never been good at managing my time. It was my biggest struggle in college and even after. I would always forget to set time aside for homework or cooking dinner. Never cleaned when I said I would, then things would pile up and I'd be miserable. I'd always schedule too many things in one day, making it nearly impossible for myself. Somehow having a child has taught me how to organize my time and take advantage of every minute of the day. Doing this has made it so each day I have more than enough time to get things done. Naptimes make for the perfect opportunity to clean and prepare for dinner. Lunchtime is a good time to catch up on reading or returning emails. Showertime is 15 minutes of me time that I cherish. By three everyday all things have been accomplished and the rest of the day is devoted to playing with Riley. Managing my time has helped keep me organized and very stress-free! Why didn't I learn how to do this years ago???


Kate said...

Not that I would have a baby for only this reason but wow I cannot wait to develop that skill :)

Mrs. G.I. Joe said...

I so envy you on being able to get things done during naptime! That just doesn't work around here much. My biggest accomplishment during the day is cooking dinner for everyone. I can do that while Lucy is in her high chair finishing off the part of her dinner that she can feed herself.

Anonymous said...

Girlie you've just discovered the hugest factor to 'getting ish done'. I'm still struggling with it and my youngest will be 5 in Jan. Yet I keep trying hoping one day that it will all come together. The day where I not only have a schedule, but keep to that said schedule. You gotta pray for me Margaret!! LoL!!!