Family time management & unique wooden watches

family time management

Are you an ace when it comes to family time management?

I wish I could say yes, but it’s not my strong suit. Can I nail a deadline? Handle a dozen last minute tasks dumped in my lap? Step up to the plate when there’s breaking news or an urgent, time-sensitive communication need? Definitely. I know how to work against the clock. However, I’m often at a loss when that sense of immediacy slips away.

Long term planning just isn’t in my wheelhouse. As a journalist, you never know what your day will look like. So, I grew accustomed to an unpredictable schedule and stopped looking ahead. As a mother, I no longer have that luxury. So, I’ve been testing out a few family time management tactics. I hope you’ll find them as helpful, as I do!

These tips—and a unique watch to keep the time—are making a real difference!

Family Time Management: 6 secrets to success

Get an Early Start

If you’re a mom, you probably already know how effective this tip is! We’ve found if we wake up before baby, we get so much more accomplished. Once you have a solid bedtime/wake-up routine established, set your alarm at least a half hour earlier than your child’s. Use that precious hour (or half hour) to drink your coffee in peace, check/respond to important email and get organized so you can take on the day!

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Kill the Snooze

While we’re on the topic of alarms, kill the snooze. Okay… You probably HATE me for this one. However, I firmly believe hitting snooze just prolongs your wake-up pain. Keep in mind, “snoozing” does NOT provide quality rest. If you’re lucky enough to doze off again, your sleep will be fitful. Chances are you’ll just be laying in bed with your eyes closed. Why not just bound off your mattress and get going? Family time management requires making the most of limited time. I certainly don’t want to squander it on the snooze button!

Be Present

Whether at home or at work, time is precious. How much of it are we wasting by not putting our focus firmly where it belongs? When you’re at work, BE at work. When you’re at home, give your kids and your spouse your undivided attention. We find it’s helpful to eliminate common interruptions. For instance, we may turn off our cell phone notifications or we might designate a specific time period as “device-free.”  Do you have a particularly chatty co-worker, who has a knack for getting you off track? Tell him/her you’ll catch up with them later. And remember those work emails will be there in the morning! No one should expect an instantaneous response, during off-work hours.

Think of Time as a Gift

It’s easy to think of the time we don’t have. We fret about how busy we are… how the tasks will never get done. Guess what? If we re-frame our thinking and choose to savor life’s small moments, family time management won’t feel like such an ordeal.

In fact, in our household, we take “time as a gift” quite literally. After all, isn’t the clock more fun to manage when you like looking at it? My husband is a notoriously difficult man to shop for, so I was super excited when I stumbled upon JORD Watches. He’s not a fancy guy and would never buy himself something special, but I’ve always felt he deserved a quality timepiece. Finally, I found a watch as distinctive as he is!

My hubby is an adventurer at heart and yearns for time in the forest and mountains. A wooden watch seemed like the perfect way to give him that rugged “outdoors” feeling all year long. Apparently, he agrees! His eyes lit up when he opened this box. I’ve been combing stores and the internet for years—no exaggeration—trying to find the right men’s watch. JORD’s women’s collection is gorgeous too. (Shhh… I think I might have found my mom’s Christmas gift too!)

Plan your Week

An easy access weekly (or monthly) planner is essential for family time managment. While my husband and I share our Outlook calendars, we are quickly finding we also need a “physical” calendar we can all write on. This prevents those… “are we doing anything this weekend?” or “oh no, I forgot we had that” moments. I’m a big fan of  dry erase board wall calendars. Or even a magnetic weekly calendar for the fridge.

Divide and Conquer

There are many roles involved in keeping a household running. Do you have a system in place for divvying up those responsibilities? Effective family time management requires delegation. No one person can do it all. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help! These “roles” emerged rather naturally for us, but it’s still helpful to talk about who will handle what. If your children are old enough, be sure to give them roles and responsibilities too.

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[Thanks to JORD for sponsoring this post!]

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  1. GiGi Eats | 6th Nov 18

    it will certainly be interesting to see how my husband and i manage our time when our son is born later this year!!

  2. Angel | 7th Nov 18

    These are great tips. As an educator, it can be hard to leave work at work because of all the deadlines, etc. that have to be met. I am definitely working on that tip because all of us working professionals have lives too. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. Non stop family - Tips for family travels | 7th Nov 18

    I never heard of wooden watches but, they look so good, what a perfect Christmas present. And i totaly agree with you, we have to manege our time so we can have really good time with our sons. That shood be out top priority, allways.

  4. Dwight Alleyne | 7th Nov 18

    Yes time is very precious indeed. I have try my hardest to manage it the best that I can. Sometimes I do well with it sometimes I don’t

  5. Ellie Plummer | 7th Nov 18

    These watches are so gorgeous, I love how different they are.

  6. Charlene | 7th Nov 18

    What do you mean snoozing isn’t quality rest! It’s my favourite kind of sleep! I suppose with a watch as cute as this, I might be inspired to get up.

  7. Miljana | 7th Nov 18

    First of all, I love mornings. Second, I love Jord watches too! Such a nice read here!

  8. Heather Barber McMechan | 8th Nov 18

    I couldn’t agree more with killing the snooze. It really doesn’t help when you’ve set a schedule to fit everything into your day if you’re cutting back on time.

  9. Natasha | 8th Nov 18

    I have actually been waking up an hour earlier than I normally do, and I LOVE it! I feel like I can accomplish so much before I leave for work and I can also plan my day.

  10. MAYSZ | 8th Nov 18

    Love the wooden watch. Time management is so important to do our task in life.

  11. Ching | 8th Nov 18

    I don’t even have kids but I struggle to keep up with my busy schedule. I think it was key when you said plan your week. I have a calendar on my phone with alerts for even small things to keep me on track!

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      Calendars are so important! I remember thinking I was crazy busy before my son too. Now, life is even more hectic, lol. Glad you have found a system that works well for you.

  12. Surekha Busa | 8th Nov 18

    I am a mother of two and even I am working so hard I see to it that I have time to spend with them.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      Kudos to you for making that a priority! That shows that you are a WONDERFUL mother. Bravo!

  13. love faith more | 8th Nov 18

    What a wonderful gift for loved ones. So unique and i really love the color.

  14. Preet | 8th Nov 18

    This wooden watch is something that my boys would really love. I love how unique the style is

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      Yes! I can totally see boys loving these styles. They are masculine yet beautiful.

  15. Helen Neale | 8th Nov 18

    This looks fantastic! I love the watch, and how it will help my everyday life. I have to look into this

  16. Clare Minall | 8th Nov 18

    I’ve never heard of this brand before, but it sounds like something I would use regularly I’ll definitely have to check it out now. Thanks for sharing.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      JORD is definitely worth checking out. They have such pretty timepieces for men and women. Also, you know you are getting a quality product that will last.

  17. Maartje van Sandwijk | 8th Nov 18

    I’ve been hitting snooze more often lately. Bad habit that I need to get rid of.

  18. Joseph Abimbola | 8th Nov 18

    I sincerely love the part that says “When you’re at work, BE at work. When you’re at home, give your kids and your spouse your undivided attention.” Thanks for sharing these insights.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      So often we live with half our attention focused elsewhere… I am guilty of this, so I figured writing it down would help me put my focus on the task at hand.

  19. Faizan Ali | 9th Nov 18

    I’m in love with watches..
    And you have a brought me another good one thanks for the recommendation.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      So glad to provide another idea! I figured if my husband loved it, someone else might too!

  20. Corina | 9th Nov 18

    I have try my hardest to manage my time the best that I can. And love these wooden watches. Looks amazing.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      It’s a journey isn’t it! Time management is a real challenge. I was so excited to find these watches, my husband is so tough to shop for. 🙂

  21. Elizabeth O | 10th Nov 18

    This is such a perfect day and having a great time with your family or with your child is a treasure for them. That’s why we need to plans and manage all the time to spend a quality day with them.

    • laveremis | 10th Nov 18

      Exactly, it is something I am constantly struggling with. I want my son to grow up knowing I was there for him.

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