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Make a Personal Time Plan

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Are you the kind of person who needs structure in your day? Do you find yourself frittering away time doing nothing much or racing around like a crazy person doing too much?

Maybe you need a personal time plan. If we can bring some organisation into our day we can make time for the things that matter to us.

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Below are a couple of examples of time plans, The first one is from a stay-at-home mum and the following one from a working mother of two preschoolers. I have only used one day from each but you really need to plan a week at a time. Hopefully, these will give you an idea of how to plan your own schedule.

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If you are a shift worker or are able to arrange your day around your peak energy times your plan will look very different. The important thing is to devise a plan that is right for you, that keeps you on track but allows for some flexibility.

A whiteboard would be a good way to do this as it can be easily changed or modified but a day-to-a-page diary works well too. Keep it in a handy spot together with a pencil that has a built-in eraser.

Begin by determining how much sleep you need each night and set a realistic wake and sleep time.

List the things you need to accomplish each day and an estimated time you need to allot. Donít be too rigid and donít forget to add in some time for yourself. Try it for a while and alter as needed until you have a workable timetable that suits you. See how much more organized you are!

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Stay-at-home mum:

- 7am Wake
Shower / dress

- 7.30 Breakfast
Kids off to school

- 9am Home Chores

- 11am Coffee/ Phonecalls

- 11.30am Study

- 1.00pm Lunch

- 2pm Me time (reading / tv)

- 3.30pm Pick up kids/ help with

- 4.30pm Prepare dinner

- 5.30pm Dinner

- 6pm Dishes

- 6.30pm Time with kids

- 8.30pm Me time / study

- 11pm Sleep

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Single Working Mum:

- 5.45am Wake
Go for a run / shower / dress

- 6.45am Kids up and ready

- 7.30am Breakfast

- 8am Drop kids off to daycare

- 8.30 WORK

- 5.30pm Pick up kids

- 6.pm Time with kids

- 6.30pm Prepare dinner

- 7pm Dinner

- 7.30 Dishes

- 8pm Time with kids

- 9pm Me time

- 10.30pm Sleep

A schedule like this won't work for everyone. but it just might work for you.

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