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To write an effectively to do list you must first know how long various tasks take.
I want to remind you to carry your timer every where this month and log how long it takes you to perform everything from dusting end tables, to emptying out your e-mail box.
Each morning, write a To Do List before life takes over. You might even want to write it the night before, so that you awaken with a plan.
You can keep your list simple like I do and just write down a list of things on a yellow note pad or you might prefer something more detailed like Simple Mom’s Daily Docket.
Update: I recently gave my yellow pad up for a clip board filled with simple grid style lists that keep me on track both with my daily goals and my weekly goals
One thing I learned from Simple Mom is to star three things on my list. These things are my top priorities for the day. If I get nothing else done but my star items I am okay with that. If I get more than those three things I am thrilled.
I circle those things that have to happen at a certain time, like appointments and kids soccer games.
I included my daily cleaning tasks, my workout for the day, what lessons the kids need my help with and what to cook for lunch and dinner.
Then I see what windows of time I have left and fill them in with work tasks.
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This post is part of my series on Time Saving Tips For Work At Home Moms
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Dig Into The Time Management Series Using The Links Below
Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists (you are here)
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
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