How to Juggle Multiple Responsibilities Without Dropping Anything

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If you sat down and listed out all of your responsibilities, how long with the list be? You’re a wife, a mother, a homemaker… You might have a job, volunteer responsibilities and responsibilities to your aging parents, grandparents or neighbors. Perhaps you’re dealing with a child that is struggling in school or a friend who is going through a rough time right now. It can be a lot to handle.

So how do you manage to juggle everything without dropping anything? I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets.

1. Prioritize

The first thing you need to do when life’s demands start to become overwhelming is to prioritize your commitments. Which people or responsibilities are the most important to you? Which responsibilities can you let slide? Don’t get so caught up in the responsibilities that don’t matter that you neglect the ones that do.

2. Simplify

Next, simplify as much as possible. What responsibilities can you get rid of or at least step back from for now? Which daily tasks can you lighten? Which areas of your life are you making things too hard on yourself? Every dinner doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect and you don’t have to be the head of every committee. It’s okay to step back where you can.

3. Delegate

If you are trying to do too much at once, try delegating some of your tasks to others. For example, have your husband help put the kids to bed or have your kids make their own lunches and clean their own rooms. Give your assistant at work more responsibility, and find additional volunteers for any committees you are on.

4. Use To Do Lists

For the important tasks that you cannot delegate or get rid of, to-do lists are key. I seriously don’t know what I would do without them. Each night, list out all of the tasks you NEED to get done the next day. (You can add in the tasks you want to get done as well, but then be sure to indicate on your list which items are the most urgent.) Then, the next day you aren’t wasting time in between tasks trying to figure out what to do next, and you aren’t forgetting everything either. A good to-do list will help you be much more efficient.

5. Make a Schedule

Lastly, for items that you do on a routine basis, create a schedule for them. You could create a daily, weekly or monthly schedule–or all three! Mark important dates that you won’t want to forget, such as school activities, work meetings and the days that your bills are due. You can even add in little things like the day the library books are due if it will help you remember. Keep your schedule in your phone or in a planner you carry with you everywhere and refer to it often. When you write everything down, you are much less likely to forget it. Plus, you can set reminders if you use your phone.

Juggling multiple responsibilities is a ton of work, but it can be done. The next time you feel like you are barely keeping your head above water or that you are forgetting things left and right, use these five tips to help you juggle everything.

Do you ever feel like you can’t keep up with your own life? What steps do you need to take to help you be more on the ball?


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