COPE is a nice acronym to break time management into simple steps, and stands for Capitalise, Organise, Prioritise, and Energise.
Capitalise on the ability of every child to help with household chores such as setting the table, clearing the dishes and hoovering the floor. Teach them very early to put away their toys and make their own beds. Put all of your perfectionist tendencies aside while the children are growing up. Do more with your children and less for your children. If you do all of this, you will be blessed.
Organise your home to make it easier to locate and store things. Large shelves or a huge toy box and hangers placed where children can reach them are good examples. Keep things in see-through containers, hang an essential rack on the wall, keep storage bins on casters beneath their beds and then centrally locate a lost and found basket to stash items left lying around the house.
Prioritise each of your tasks. You can do lots but you cannot do everything. Pick the most important activity and then concentrate on getting it done. If something falls through the cracks, let it be the laundry but not the family day out. Do what is really important, not simply the things that need to be done.
Energise yourself by getting plenty of rest, eat the right foods and stick to an exercise program. Being physically fit and mentally alert will allow you to handle those stressful situations, which always pop up. Do not do house work at the expense of getting some rest. If the house collapses around you, it can be rebuilt, you can’t.
Till Next Time
The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner