Every caregiver has those times when it feels like time just isn’t cooperating. Here are some ideas for getting a handle on time management again as a busy caregiver.
Prioritize What Has to Be Done
Some tasks are more important than others. It might not feel that way, especially when you’re doing so much, but it’s true. The key for you is to sit down and look at what needs to be done and determine a priority for each of those tasks. When you know what’s more important, you can tackle the important stuff first and the less important tasks can wait a little bit.
Avoid Over Planning
If you’ve ever made a “to do” list that spanned more than one page, you know what it means to over plan yourself. There is logistically and logically only so much that you can do in one day. You only have so much time and so much energy. Keep your lists within those limits and understand that those limits can change from one day to another. Some days, completing one task is high five worthy.
Break Tasks up into Smaller Ones
When you’ve got larger tasks, you need to break those up. Looking at one massive task is intimidating and might make you procrastinate it. Break those big tasks up and tackle each little chunk on a one-at-a-time basis. Once they’re in smaller pieces, you can schedule those tasks out over a span of time.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Another bonus of breaking tasks into smaller ones is that they’re easier to delegate that way. You don’t have to do everything on your own, although it’s a common thought among caregivers that they need to do it all. Talk to other family members about helping or hire home care providers to tackle some tasks.
Look at What You’re Not Getting
When you’re procrastinating or finding that time is constantly getting away from you, there’s likely to be something that you’re not getting. You might not be taking time for yourself, for instance, or you’re not getting enough sleep. Regardless of what you’re missing, you need to make the time to correct that.
Time management isn’t going to be something you’re perfect with every single day. Give yourself the grace to have those days now and again that are a little more chaotic. You can always get back on track the next day or the day after that.
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From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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