Update: Winner is Jaypee David.

How time flies! Touched by an Angel will celebrate its 5th anniversary on February 24 and I am having a small contest. I used to give cash money before , the prize money I got from winning awards for this blog. I didn’t really think of holding a contest this year until Samsung asked if I wanted to give out a Samsung Microwave oven in my food blog. I thought it fitted this blog though. Let me tell you why.

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My favorite spot to work is in the dining area, close to the kitchen. It is here where I can monitor the daily tasks needed for home such as the cleaning and cooking routine . I can easily prop up my mobile gadgets and monitor certain websites all at once like Twitter, facebook and various messengers. Working near the kitchen area is one way for me to manage my time in being a homemaker and as a blogger. I see everything all at once.

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Of course, I know when to take breaks. My cat, Missy reminds me that I need to relax and take time to just chill. Isn’t she cute?

So what am I getting at with the blog anniversary give-away? and why the Samsung microwave oven?


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During Ondoy, my Samsung refrigerator floated around the living room even if my husband tied it with a yellow ribbon around the handrails. I was in Singapore when the disaster happened and thought of ways to cut down costs of our material possessions. Thinking the refrigerator was almost hopeless, I asked the Samsung PR for their service center contact information. Instead she did something better, she gave me tips on salvaging electronics which I shared in my Techiegadgets blog. Not only that, they gave washing and cleaning services to Ondoy victims.

The good news was my Samsung refrigerator survived the Ondoy damage and is back in the kitchen, right where it belongs. I did not have to spend anything. I just simply let the refrigerator dry up first before using.

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From then on, I placed so much faith in Samsung kitchen appliances that I got their microwave oven after seeing it in a launch in July 2010. The added bonus was seeing that the silver color matched the same color as my Samsung ref and my other small appliances.

I am happy to share the same Samsung Microwave oven to you.

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I thought of tying up the value of time efficiency of a microwave oven to time management tips that worked for you, just as I work in the kitchen.

So here is how the contest works.

Please share the most effective time management techniques that works for you, whether it be at home, kitchen, workplace and office by posting a comment below.

Contest Mechanics

1. Social media users can join: Facebook, Twitter, blogger. You need to place email address (so I can contact you), the url of your social media network in the comment box.

2. Delivery address should be in the Philippines. Samsung will mail the oven directly to your home.

3. Those outside the Philippines can join as long as the delivery address is located in the Philippines. (you can assign your relative to receive the microwave oven on your behalf)

3. One comment per social media user only.

4. I will short-list the three (3) most unique and interesting comments and the winner will be chosen by my daughter, Lauren . The winner will need to be verified if he/she did not win the same prize in a similar blog contest.

Prize: ONE winner of a brand new 2011 Samsung New Microwave Oven AMW83E-SB

Contest duration: February 15 – February 28, 2011 11:59 PM

Announcement of winner - March 6, 2011 ( I will have to make sure that the winner did not win the same prize from a similar contest)

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1213 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • http://twitter.com/AlisaEscanlar Alisa Escanlar

    I’m a work-at-home mom.I never imagined how challenging it was to juggle work, house chores, and spending quality time with my family. There was way too many distractions. What worked for me was keeping a notebook beside me to list down all my tasks for the day and appointments for the week. I make it a point to prioritize the urgent tasks and most importantly, limit the time I spend on facebook :)

    • Anonymous

      thanks . hope you can reply back here so your email address can be recorded for notification,

    • Anonymous

      thanks . hope you can reply back here so your email address can be recorded for notification,

  • http://twitter.com/AlisaEscanlar Alisa Escanlar

    I’m a work-at-home mom.I never imagined how challenging it was to juggle work, house chores, and spending quality time with my family. There was way too many distractions. What worked for me was keeping a notebook beside me to list down all my tasks for the day and appointments for the week. I make it a point to prioritize the urgent tasks and most importantly, limit the time I spend on facebook :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CWQVEGUXOIH6ODFH3OBSUZEC4M Julius

    I am a freelance writer and I manage my time using simple task/time management tool like Gmail Task. It’s located on the upper right portion of your Gmail account right under Contacts. It’s a pretty straightforward tool that lets you jot down all your work for the day, check them if you finished and uncheck you ever need to do a little tweaking on your already-finished work and that helps me keep track of the work that needs to be done and verify my accomplishments within the day.

    I used to use project management tool that costs me $5 a month but I find Gmail Task a pretty much efficient tool within the level of the technical requirements of my job. It may not work for everyone but it works for me.

    I guess there is no perfect time management tool but we all have to find one that works for us. That’s probably the reason why there are multiple tools that accomplishes almost just the same function, as in mobile phones, yet we only need one.

    [email protected]

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CWQVEGUXOIH6ODFH3OBSUZEC4M Julius

    I am a freelance writer and I manage my time using simple task/time management tool like Gmail Task. It’s located on the upper right portion of your Gmail account right under Contacts. It’s a pretty straightforward tool that lets you jot down all your work for the day, check them if you finished and uncheck you ever need to do a little tweaking on your already-finished work and that helps me keep track of the work that needs to be done and verify my accomplishments within the day.

    I used to use project management tool that costs me $5 a month but I find Gmail Task a pretty much efficient tool within the level of the technical requirements of my job. It may not work for everyone but it works for me.

    I guess there is no perfect time management tool but we all have to find one that works for us. That’s probably the reason why there are multiple tools that accomplishes almost just the same function, as in mobile phones, yet we only need one.

    [email protected]

  • http://twitter.com/angelicbiatch02 Boo Concepcion

    Hey momblogger! In my field of work (call center manager) time management is essential. I usually have a checklist for the day on what are the things I have to accomplish. I write the most important things down to the least important ones. In the kitchen i make sure that if its a “30 minute meal” it will be a 30-minute meal. I get inspiration from quick cooking recipes, so I can manage the time I spend with my family – which is the most important thing for me to maintain, quality time.

    [email protected]
    http://www.facebook.com/angelicbiatch02

  • http://www.sethjill.info/ seth

    When was still in the restaurant industry it was very crucial to balance your time on operations and doing administrative task. What I do was during break time, I listed down all the things I have to accomplished and the goals I have to met for the next days shift. This helped me do more tasks in a short span of time without forgetting a thing. On the other hand, when I am working on floor I make sure that all the materials needed are within reach. In a way that we can save more time and effort while doing a task in a fast and efficient manner.

    Now that I am a work at home mom, I have a daily routine. My mornings are for my kid home schooling and for all the chores in the house, afternoons are dedicated for my kids playtime while evenings are for my online activities. It is very effective in that way because I am able to balance working at home and maintaining my time for my kid and for the house.

    email: vincseth02500(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5U5LWYIB5RI4BAIYTP5VYDFT7E jocelle3068

    I am a store owner and my sister helps me on it. My schedule is in the morning attending the business and after that I am at home assigned to cook our food and does some household chores. I am also the one assigned to pay the bills and does transactions outside, etc…
    I have basic rules that I’d find very effective to finish all my task (daily work plan) that had been planned ahead. First thing is that I get up early since the most productive time is in the morning, focused on my goal and work efficiently on it. Since I do it in everyday routine I find work easy.

  • http://www.enjayneer.com Jaypee

    I would like to share one of the most effective time management techniques that I religiously followed back when I was college. I consider it as a successful plan because I managed to study and work all at the same time in the university.

    I was first year college when I applied for a student assistant program in our school. The program works this way: you work for 6 hours in one of the offices in the university and you get free tuition. Of course that aint easy because we were also required to maintain a specific average grade.

    So what I did was I manipulated my schedule so that most of my subjects will be on an evening schedule, making it convenient for me to work in the Registrar’s office in the morning and a little more time to study in the afternoon. At times during the semester, there were subjects that I had to take in the morning. So I talked to my immediate supervisor and worked during Saturday half-day office to compensate for my absences in the office. I became serious about it and never took the scholarship for granted that is why I carefully planned things out. Because of what I did, I managed to run things smoothly. I was a scholar from my 1st year up to my 4th year.

    I am sharing this because I want people to be motivated and inspired that no matter how financially down you are, there are tons of ways if you really are determined to finish your studies or achieve anything in life.

    Because of the hardwork and the sacrifices that I did way back in college, I am now a registered Electronics Engineer. And I am proud to say that “nag-sunog ako ng kilay para ma-abot ko ‘yon.”

    Jaypee David ([email protected])
    http://enjayneer.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HOL6RXPS75FHE6BLU5UBDPYSQE dhang

    I am a working mom, being a IT-staff in one distributor here in bicol. Too hard for me to manage my time to my kid, husband and work. But I have to do all my task everyday and have the time management on it. I have to wake up early in the morning, 4 to 5 am to be exact and do all the chores at home. Cooking is my 1st step, it should be quick and easy. And it should be done before my hubby and baby wake up. Feed my baby and after, that’s the only time for myself to prepare going to work.
    time management and “diskarte” is the most important to be easy in all the task that we’re doing everyday. It was a daily routine to me that’s why it’s not really hard for me to do all those things for my family and work.

    email::[email protected]

  • http://twitter.com/myealcause Almira Alcause

    Hi, I’m a full-time housewife. I’ve worked before but had to stop when I gave birth to my second child. As a housewife there are still many stressful things that I sometimes encounter. But I tried to overcome those stress with my time management technique. There are three things that works for me:One is to prioritize things which are need to be done first, the important ones. Like, when the kids has already left for school, I have to finish cleaning the house before the kids come home from school.( my eldest has an allergic rhinitis due to dust). Then cook our food for lunch. Then the least important comes next. Another one that works for me is to say “yes” or ‘no”.Meaning, I don’t have to commit to anything when I know that I can’t do it. A simple “No, I can’t do that” is enough for the listener to understand and appreciate my honesty so as not to pressure my self. And the third that works for me is to take time off. Eventhough I’m only a plain housewife, I need to unwind once in a while, going to the mall or watch movies or any kind of activities that will make me feel refreshed.I don’t have to burden myself with pressures which can only create a- not- so- good atmosphere inside the house and will only affect my relationship within the members of the family.

  • http://twitter.com/myealcause Almira Alcause

    Hi, I’m a full-time housewife. I’ve worked before but had to stop when I gave birth to my second child. As a housewife there are still many stressful things that I sometimes encounter. But I tried to overcome those stress with my time management technique. There are three things that works for me:One is to prioritize things which are need to be done first, the important ones. Like, when the kids has already left for school, I have to finish cleaning the house before the kids come home from school.( my eldest has an allergic rhinitis due to dust). Then cook our food for lunch. Then the least important comes next. Another one that works for me is to say “yes” or ‘no”.Meaning, I don’t have to commit to anything when I know that I can’t do it. A simple “No, I can’t do that” is enough for the listener to understand and appreciate my honesty so as not to pressure my self. And the third that works for me is to take time off. Eventhough I’m only a plain housewife, I need to unwind once in a while, going to the mall or watch movies or any kind of activities that will make me feel refreshed.I don’t have to burden myself with pressures which can only create a- not- so- good atmosphere inside the house and will only affect my relationship within the members of the family.

  • Anonymous

    HI: I’m your regular reader in your blog! Thanks for the wonderful stories you’re always sharing..=) My Effective time management techniques are ( by the way I’m a working mom ) 1st : I DELEGATE TASKS.. I have an 8 yr old daughter, I give her responsibilities already example fixing her beddings every morning. 2nd : I LEARN WHEN TO SAY NO – I look my priorities and learn to say No to time demands that aren’t necessary. 3rd – Take shortcuts – I buy precut vegetables most of the time, canned sauce, I take short route in going to office ( ride lrt or mrt ) . 4th – Have a routine – Routine are a time management tip that can save you mental energy and stress. I’m not talking about merely getting up and going to sleep at the same time, but even having things like the dinner menu, chore rotation. 5th – I take care of myself too! ..QUality sleep, and eat healthy..

  • http://twitter.com/myealcause Almira Alcause

    Hi, I’m a plain housewife for 7 years. I stopped working when I gave birth to my second child. Even as a housewife I sometimes encounter pressures. But there are three things that I always do to avoid stress. One is to prioritize things. I always do first the most important for me. Like, when the kids has left for school, I will start to clean the house before they got back(my eldest has an allergic rhinitis to dust). Then, cook our food for lunch, then the least important comes next. The second one is to learn to say ‘yes” or “no”. I don’t have to commit to anything of which I know I won’t be able to do it. A simple “No, I can’t do that”, is enough for my listener to understand and at least they won’t expect from me in return. Third is to take time-off, by going to malls or watch movies or any activities which interests me. I believe that even as a housewife I need to unwind once in a while to avoid a not-so-good atmosphere inside the house and won’t affect my relationship towards my family.

  • http://twitter.com/myealcause Almira Alcause

    Hi, I’m a plain housewife for 7 years. I stopped working when I gave birth to my second child. Even as a housewife I sometimes encounter pressures. But there are three things that I always do to avoid stress. One is to prioritize things. I always do first the most important for me. Like, when the kids has left for school, I will start to clean the house before they got back(my eldest has an allergic rhinitis to dust). Then, cook our food for lunch, then the least important comes next. The second one is to learn to say ‘yes” or “no”. I don’t have to commit to anything of which I know I won’t be able to do it. A simple “No, I can’t do that”, is enough for my listener to understand and at least they won’t expect from me in return. Third is to take time-off, by going to malls or watch movies or any activities which interests me. I believe that even as a housewife I need to unwind once in a while to avoid a not-so-good atmosphere inside the house and won’t affect my relationship towards my family.

  • Ernest Parco

    Reading ur blog is already such a wonderful feeling. It takes away all the stress from working the whole day here in Dubai. Imagine 10 hrs working plus 4 hrs traveling. So what will I expect here? Maybe I’ll be the one reading and waiting for some time management techniques posted here. Anyway, the cat’s cute and wow, how can u manage also with so many computers around u. Again, thanks for sharing all the recipes in ur blog. Happy Anniversary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXJIHTXULXJDNTPCTNZBKG6TYA rene arquiza

    my /our time management is simple on workdays first thing is first when my wife wakes up at 4 am so go straigth to the kitchen to prepare the cooking and the baonsme and the kids i tme our extra sleep for 30 mins and wake up and are the kids (3 of them) prepare their uniform and while they took the shower. after that breakfast is ready after an hour of all is set to go except me iam the last to go for work, in a bicycle to which i can make it in 10 mins…this happens when the weekends is used for preparing everything for the work/school days.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QX7RWYXNIQLIU6VSFDAGHH4JM merle

    I call my time management techniques as I start my daily tasks at dawn as 3L which means, laba, luto, and linis all at the same time. I am a working mother and usually wake up at 4 am and after my morning prayers, my daily routine will start by cooking breakfast while washing the clothes and after the clothes are hanged; start with cleaning of the house, sweeping and wiping the floor which will be done after the cooking of the meal is also completed. These are all accomplished in a span of two hours and by then; my kids will all wake up at 6 am ready to devour the food I have just cooked.

    Everybody is out of the house by 7 am either going to work or attend classes in school. By then, I am able to clean the kitchen and tidy all the rooms after which I work on my own writing articles for an employer online from 8 am to 12; eat a hurried lunch and back to work from 1 to 5 pm. All my kids take turns in preparing the meal for supper to which I get to relax and watch TV after my tasks are completed.
    Merle

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXJIHTXULXJDNTPCTNZBKG6TYA rene arquiza

    weekends-saturday is use for work at home so while the kids are playing me and my wife share the washing of the clothes to be use for the school and workdays and at the same time juggle it with the cooking int the afternoon usually visitors friends come in and relax sunday is going to mass and after that pressing of the dried clothes and etc and if our budget allows we hit the beach for more bonding in the evening recheck the thing to be use the following day assignments and projects etc first day of the wek monday my wife wakes up at 4 and goes staigth to the kitchen and prepare breakfast and the baons so simple first things first me and the kids has a 30 minutes extra sleep so after waking up the kids takes there shower and while i have time to sweep the surroundings after there bath there breakfast off they go that is before 7:00 with my wife shepherding them to school and am left alone to clean the mess and after that my shower then breakfast and off i go to work at 7:30 in my relaible mountain bike to which i can make it in 10-15 mins…routinary but simple.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52Y7PALXWJUQJLOG7GF5OZ6COY AdianezM

    I am a working mom, working 8 hours from monday to friday. I have 10 months old baby which I only took care at night and on saturday’s and sunday’s, during weekdays, the Yaya is taking care of her.We are living with my husband’s parents since we don’t have our own house yet. My mother in law is doing the cooking and we have also helpers to wash our clothes everyday and clean the house. I don’t really do household chores since we have helpers doing it. Because of my work, I have less time spent to my baby,so I really see to it that I will took care of my baby at night and on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Anonymous

    This coming March we will be open a small business carinderia, a meters away from my house. I plan to buy even a cheaper or a second hand microwave oven to use for a fast minute meal for my customers. I believe my customer will enjoy eating in a fast serving meal and a time consuming than to eat the food heated in an open flamed. The 24-hour tricycle drivers in our place requested me to prepare a nice and delightful food which i get of course to pinoy food recipe.

  • Anonymous

    I learned this from my ex boss. Every time I arrange a meeting, I make sure that I put the expected time of adjournment in the Notice of Meeting. That way, those in attendance will be forced to get rid of the unnecessary chitchatting so that all the agenda, as much as possible, will be tackled before the “ETD”. When I’m the one invited to attend, I ask the host about that important thing. I have reason to say that I’m leaving ahead of them if the meeting will spill over. This also helps me to make other plans or to commit myself to other activities scheduled after a meeting which is very difficult to do without knowing when that particular meeting will end.

    [email protected]

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VCVTK3LYCBSXDBVLLVVYIWCUQ maria rubina

    I am a working mom, but love to cook. And because of limited time I’m always in a hurry to cook. Pre-cooked meals can be heated in a microwave oven, that’ s why I participated in this contest, who knows, maybe I am the winner.
    Thank you for the blog.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A6WYI2UZBGBTFV4YLBERQSCMTY AlmiraZ

    Time management is very essential to all people who wants to be responsible in every area of life. Like all working mothers out there , it’s so difficult to accomplish the everyday tasks efficiently without pattern so the following procedure really works for me. During my rest day on Sunday after coming from church fellowship, I write down all important things that need to be done for the whole week, and make a schedule from top priority to least and then i also make a list for the everyday routine including the menu because my husband is health conscious and also to budget the finances i make a plan for the affordable but healthy food for my family.,those are the things that i’ve learned from the advises from more experienced person and through reading helpful tips. ^_^ Have a blessed day!

    email add: [email protected]

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZI4HL272KJKJVMKXJHGTNOZF3Q virginia

    Saturdays and Sundays are “mothers day”. Working moms please agree with me. Saturday, at 5:00 AM (my wake up time even on working days) I start plugging the washing machine with my families dirty clothes on for the whole one week. While the machine is running, I make rounds on my yard/garden, sweep fallen leaves, feed the parakeets, and water the plants. Then I go brisk walk (to get fit) to nearby wet and dry market outside our subdivision to buy our food for the whole coming week. By the time i return home, the washer is almost done with his job. Breakfast finished. At 9:00 AM while cleaning the house (usually done once a week), “assorted “ulams” are cooking up on fire. These are stored in individual containers labeled Monday to Friday, stored in the freezer. Each day one “ulam” is heated on Samsung Microwave Oven for my family’s eating delight. Past lunchtime and time to iron the clothes washed and kissed the sun this morning. Before dark comes out my ironing must be done coz ironing while the lights, and other electrical gadgets are “on” keeps the meralco meter run wild and electric bill soars high. It’s 8:00 PM, dinner done and bonding time with my family while relaxing infront of TV. We talk, exchange comments, views about anything that crop up. At 10:00 the lights are out, everyone snooring.
    Sunday, 9:00 AM, we’re home from the church. All members of the family are busy preparing lunch (special “ulam” every Sunday) while me giving instant lectures on hows, dos and don’ts in cooking. At 2:00 PM it’s time for beauty make-over. I do my nails (manicure & pedicure), retouch my eyebrows among others while watching TV. Tomorrow is the start of another busy week, office-home, office-home…..
    As working mother that’s how I managed my time and schedules. Some may think it’s tedious, you do the same thing day-in and day-out. But for me it’s so fulfilling, it’s an accomplishment as a person, it’s rewarding as a mom, it’s God-given opportunity, it’s a gift i should embrace.

  • Anonymous

    i’m a fulltime mom,and being one doesn’t mean easy. To manage the quality time for my kids is the best thing for me. i make sure that i give my full attention and love evenly and equally. that’s what really important,i guess. I have not to memorize what i have to do,but i have to do it by heart. so that everything will turn out fine.

  • http://twitter.com/kenge19 La D. Iima
  • http://www.pinayjade.com/ Pinayjade

    I am a new mother and a work at home mom. Getting involved in lots of activities is obviously a no laughing matter. Sometimes things at home do stress me out in as much as articles submission deadlines do pressure me. Almost everything counts that you cannot throw even a single element of my daily activities.

    But I have composed myself on one thing and I think it is working on me. It is my prioritizing skill that’s helping me a lot. I work on things depending on the level of importance of each activity. Ask me what’s on top of them – of course my precious baby.

    [email protected]

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FW6FXGM6GDV5OIDC73IG7X2QLY kris

    A Freelancer’s Time Management:

    I do all these writings and naming thingamajigs for online crowdsourcers every other day. That has been my job since last year … sometimes it’s laidback but it can get pretty stressful had I not value the essence of real pen and paper. That’s my schedule I set up for myself because the days in between work days are my resting periods and leisure whatnots. What’s important for me is I get to sleep at exactly 10:30pm which is a self-restricted rule each night. I can’t be working everyday for 6 hours and beyond as I fear my vision gets worse overtime.

    What I do to maximize my working time without me being drained is the day before getting online, I take out my yellow pad and jot down everything I need to complete at least 80% of my online tasks. It takes time and a lot of “vocabularization” to come up with a brand name that clients would likely use. And I need to ideate enough to fill up one page of my yellow sheet. My pre-published articles that are at least 200 words are also written first on my pad before I transfer them to my computer and upload online. I proofread my own for sick 10 times or more … it’s costless but I’d better be sure as it’s my bread and butter.

    And when it’s work days, I make sure I’m alone at home or anywhere I work with my laptop because I hate disturbances. Only the tweets of birds, the hush of winds, drops of rain, mp3s, and the playing kids can be tolerated by my nerves.

    krizkarishna at yahoo dot com

  • http://anneinred.blogspot.com/ Anne

    Here’s a simple, non-techie yet effective technique that probably a lot of people know, they can do, but almost all the time neglect to do this.

    Writing down things to do…
    Yes, you have tons of things to do and you’re all pumped up and ready to dive into the tasks, but, taking the time to spend 2-5 minutes on writing all your tasks down, is worth the every second than swan diving into a pile of confused thoughts and working on things in no sense of order, whatsoever.

    What I do is:

    1) Write all your tasks down that need to be accomplished by the day on your handy-dandy notebook, or a good sized paper, or even on notepad or MS Word (don’t edit, just write no matter how trivial you may think it is)

    2) Rank them from the highest priority to the least. Edit out from today’s list, the things that can be done the next day.

    3) Beside each task, write an estimate number of hours/minutes you think you need to accomplish it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a little more than just enough time so that you won’t feel too pressured and crack in the middle of the day.

    4) In between tasks (a tip for handling stress), reward yourself with, say, a couple of minutes to go outside, take a breather, and enjoy a small bowl of peanuts.

    5) Cross out each item as you finish them and have fun eliminating each task as the day goes by. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and at the end of the day, there’s less room for “forgotten” responsibilities.

    Everybody can have their own version of the “write-down” technique, so whatever style, as long as it involves writing down, listing, etc., I think all of them work the same.

    I hope this helps!

    [email protected]
    http://www.facebook.com/AnneMaryJulette
    http://anneinred.blogspot.com/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCRVRWE4SVW7E3PGP6QC4ZQNMI ann

    Since I was gifted with a pocket-size planner as a first year college in 1989, I did not fail to acquire one every time the year ends for my use the following year. There in a large shoebox lie 21years of my history or diary. For future use it’s my planner, when the day is done it becomes my diary. Two leaves of the planner are good for one month with a 1″x1.5″ space for a day so I just write down on it significant activities I have to remember to do that day, e.g. class sked, meeting, someone’s birthday or anniversary, bills’ dues; not anymore the daily routine tasks I so memorize to do even without planning, e.g. meal prep, an hour’s commuting from home to work and back again, praying. I also use poster of activities clustered according to use and post either on the ref, on the CR door, on my cabinet door, or room door whether for me or for other household members. There is also a large wall calendar where I also jot down some dues or expected dues, e.g. cooking gas used by that date. I also use my mobile phone features’ alarm clock and reminder for certain tasks.

    The above mentioned techniques saw me through the accomplishment of my multiple roles, particularly highlighted when as I worked at a University (situated in a city more than an hour’s commuting from home), I took up nursing as a “second courser” from 2005-2009 at a nursing school in the city where I reside with my family. I passed the NLE in June2009. As a student, classes were held from 6PM-9PM, hospital duty from 6PM-12MN during two weekdays and 7AM-7AM on a Sunday. I had the LA subjects in 2005-06 and the scheduled ‘capping’ in 2007. Hence, I simultaneously had my third and youngest child born in December 2006 so the baby would be six months old by the time I would be starting the hospital duty.

    This too was another planned pregnancy that I and my husband decided to be born during the month of December since for my work I would have the Christmas break followed by 60days maternity leave followed by summer break. During these connected breaks-leave, I would have to attend only to my nursing classes and my baby’s breastfeeding. I breastfed the 3kids for 11-14months; actual breastfeeding and using milk freezing technique. This birth schedule pretty much fit my goals to fully breastfeed and be a hands-on mom for at least 5-6months. My second child was born December 29 while my first child was born January 15, using up the two weeks late for first-borns as supposedly she was due December 31.

    All these skeds also benefited from my planner use. I even able to track down the age of my friends as their birthdays with corresponding age are plotted on the pages of my planner =) So even if they hid their birthday on fb, I still get to greet them even by pm.

    All these techniques, though, would not have been successful had it not been for my ever supportive husband. And of course the plans, schedules are merely my proposals, for ultimately they are still at the disposal of the One Up There.

  • adeta grace garcia

    Im a mother of a two years and two months old daughter and a wife of a three years married life. Do I really need time management? of course anyone does. Im not just a mother and a wife but a career woman as well..yes I also work at office with graveyard shift. When I got home I buy food for the whole day and cook breakfast.
    When my daughter is still asleep I wash her used bottles and prepare the meal for lunch. When the time she wakes up I feed her, bathe and clothe her. Playtime goes with preparing lunch. Then together we sleep in the afternoon. When evening comes I just cooked rice and preheat the ulam again. Then I prepare for office when my husband goes home from work. Being a woman, a wife, a mother, a career woman is a blessing for me, the love that I receive from them was more than a reward!

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  • Anonymous

    I got injured on 2004 at work since then I cannot work anymore and I cannot work much at home because of my chronic pain on my back and both arms. My husband who just cook for us and I thank God because I got the Samsung fridge and microwave oven, co’s after my husband cooked the foods he just put some in the fridge so I can just heat it in the next day, I am disable now and it’s very handy for me to have these appliances… Thank you and More Power. God bless!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_724NBCXQRSNYTAV372XMY46LXM mailight

    Well for me i’m a type of guy that needs to think first while eating my favorite cloud 9 cereal chocolate flavor before i started my work. I find it easy and relaxing my brain for the whole day long.

    After that lots of thinking and eating cloud9 my brain is already setup and configured on what are the things that must be done on that day. After all work is finish i will eat again my beloved cloud9 and have a smile for the whole long day of work.

    That’s my most effective way of time management. Kinda funny but it works for me. :)

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    great information friend and also great prize. thanks for sharing this info

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCRVRWE4SVW7E3PGP6QC4ZQNMI ann
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNBDJF2325CVXL4JR4EH6VR26I len

    I started my day with prayer, communicating with the Lord to give me strength and wisdom in all the things I will be doing for the day. It is very helpful for me in doing that. Starting a day right will end it right. All of us have lots of things to do especially me who is a fulltime mom. May all have time for our Lord and Saviour, thanking HIm for all the things we have and done. Every each morning try to communicate with HIM in prayer and I am sure this is the most effective way before you can manage your time well. God bless everyone!

  • Anonymous

    I am a working mom, so managing office and personal task was not so easy like playing games. Well I do manage my time start from waking up by praying and asking for guidance and strength. Loving things I do and accepting things makes the best recipe to manage my time. Know your responsibility and prioritized your task. Make sure that before the day end there is an accomplishment not necessarily the whole task because we are not that superman as I have mentioned prioritized your task. It is rewarding to have an accomplishment in a day. Then before I go to bed thinking again for tomorrow task knowing that it would be a different story then as how I start my day that is also how I ended it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SI6QJ4ZWXCVKPAOPMWVS4DLPA john mitchell

    In most homes, household is done by the lady of the house. But not in our family’s case. We all lend a hand. We spend less time doing the chores and able utilize the remaining hours of the day for worthwhile activities.

  • http://twitter.com/YusufKruz Yusuf F. Kruz

    Here are my time management techniques:

    1. WRITE down tasks or make a CHECKLIST of things to do. Set your priorities. Learn to delegate too but do follow ups. Important to WRITE DOWN NOTES as you work on tasks.
    2. START EARLY and do not procrastinate.
    3. GO BACK to your CHECKLIST from time to time to make sure that tasks are accomplished or in progress.
    4. TAKE TIME TO REST. Don’t tire yourself, rest in-between tasks.
    5. At the end of the day, RETURN to your CHECKLIST and CONGRATULATEYOURSELF for job well done!

    PERRY a.k.a. YUSUF
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X6GQ2LOR5ROCSAVBOCB5AXEQFI Coy

    hhtp://www.facebook.com/enigma07

    Hi, I’m a single working mom of a 17 yr old boy and I just chanced upon your blogsite from searching for filipino menu recipes. anyhow, working in the south and living down north makes it kinda rough at times but these are the things that made it work for me.

    1. Simplify things: simplify means avoid lengthy discussions on food choices, meetings, places to go, discover, etc. More often than not, if you answer the 5W’s and 1H then you’re halfway done with the story.

    2. Notebooks/Post-its: Having these in your purse is always handy. I normally start the work day writing down in a post in what needs to be done in a work day. Different post it colors signifies its’ urgency. I may opt to just write in a journal but I honestly discovered that some tasks are not done from this practice. So what I did was put the post it in front of the computer, tackle it and mark it off when done. I love the feeling I get every time I mark something off the list.

    3. Use the computer wisely. By wisely I mean, spend enough hours on Social Networking sites but also be aware of other things like current events or foodsites/blogsites. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of FB, Foursquare and Twitter but I also train myself to read other stuffs. Food blogs have really worked well for me, it kinda saved me from painstakingly scouting for a place to eat plus it gives tips which I always make sure to write down in my notebook.

    Research also makes me keep track on how I can cope and adopt with my 17 yr old boy. More often, what I research I share with him and we discover it together. As a rule of thumb, I always say to him … ‘we wouldn’t know unless we try’, so these researches of mine – places, food, music, clothes, etc is also our way to bond.

    4. Recycle: Left overs that can be used for pasta sauces. Used papers that can be used as scratch papers; plastic bags that can be used as garbage bags. Not only do you save time but you save money as well.

    5. Allot a Me time: This is a must for me. Me time does not mean expensive trips to the mall or the spa. Me time simply means locking the bedroom, reading a book or commune with the Higher Being.

    God bless everyone :-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EU6SXZ3L7U5RQY6GYM3ESA2DII masterofthe

    I must admit dads rarely take care of the cooking at home. We live in a 1950′s old house with capiz windows that I bet you guys have seen rare these days.

    I don’t usually take time to bother with time management most of the time in my life being single and even when I got married and had our one and only daughter TJ.

    Since cooking (and blogging) is what I love, I decided to share my small ways of saving time cooking in the small kitchen and at the same time making the food clean and healthy.

    1. cooking veggies (all sorts) – first thing for me is to ready a bowl of water with a few pinches of salt to dip em before cutting and cooking. This removes small insects and kills veggie worms while washing away extra chemicals / pesticides out of em. Safer quicker and healthier way of washing away excess undesirables before cooking while waiting for the pan to heat up. (Saves at least 3 minutes of the cooking preparation)

    - pre-heat cooking pans so you could immediately start cooking while the veggies are being washed and soaked in your water with salt. (Saves you about 1 minute compared to heating pans after washing the veggies)

    2. cooking meat – Before cooking meat (frozen), you have to make sure to take it off the fridge freezer at least 1hour before the start of cooking process. This makes it easier to tenderize the meat. (Saves you a whooping 1 hour trying to unfreeze the meat before cooking) (Saves you approximately 15 minutes of cooking liquefied gas from the stove trying to cook the meat).

    These 2 processes alone can actually save you a lifetime of smile both because your budget is saved and your time for cooking may now be spent trying to make the plating look mouth-watering. Now, ain’t those a few simple steps that could make household cooking dads like me smile? @^_^@

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4VQPVFLM63AFHVUFA7KOO3D7UQ eenskie

    I work in a government office from 8am to 5pm and teach part-time on some evenings at a local university. Being fond of reading and having not enough time to do it, I keep some copies of Didache in the bathroom where I can read some articles while doing my morning routine, or maybe a collection of short stories, with one story enough for one “sitting” (pun intended, hehe). During the half hour drive home after work and after passing by the grocery store and/or wet market, I usually plan our daily meals for 3-4 days at a time and save them as reminders in my cellphone calendar. After which, I send said reminders via text message to our yaya-cook-and-all-around househelp which she will also save in her cellphone calendar. This way, I don’t have to tell her what to cook for each meal everyday and I’m saved from answering her perpetual question of what to cook for the next meal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SI6QJ4ZWXCVKPAOPMWVS4DLPA john mitchell
  • http://twitter.com/olynramos Olyn Ramos

    Prioritize. I follow a weekly schedule but I do things according to importance.

    I am a working mom with a husband working abroad and 5 kids to take care of (age range-12 to 21 y/o, all still in school). No helper in tow. I assign household chores among my kids to make life easier for all of us and it becomes routinary.

    I plan the menu for the whole week, post it in the ref so my kids would know what to expect for bkfast, lunch and dinner (including their recess snack). I prepare their baon (usually snacks and lunch) so they would not have to buy food elsewhere to save on money and to guarantee that it is safe and nutritious.

    Come dinner time, we make sure that all of us are at home for bonding moment. After dinner, this is where my kids help. One clears the table and washes the dishes while one sweeps the floor and cleans the kitchen. One feeds the dogs while the other throws out the garbage. Then our day is over. Tomorrow is another day.

    Saturday is time for grocery and laundry while Sunday is for Jesus. We attend the Feast of the Light of Jesus Family (a Catholic praying community of Bo Sanchez) for a mass, worship and preaching and to ask for God’s abundant blessings for the coming week.

  • http://twitter.com/lizzieseven Jhanis Vincentte

    At work i use sticky n0tes/post-its to keep tab of my everyday tasks. I write my daily deliverables on these little w0nders and post them on my desk. Each time i acc0mplish a task a sticky note is removed. By end of day there should be no sticky notes left and that means i’ve covered everything which means i can go home to hubby and son worry free about work and they can have all my attention.
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  • http://twitter.com/lizzieseven Jhanis Vincentte

    At work i use sticky n0tes/post-its to keep tab of my everyday tasks. I write my daily deliverables on these little w0nders and post them on my desk. Each time i acc0mplish a task a sticky note is removed. By end of day there should be no sticky notes left and that means i’ve covered everything which means i can go home to hubby and son worry free about work and they can have all my attention.
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BYE3VOGKQ7EJRFXT2Z4MR5F6LU Cristina Maria P

    [email protected] – Cristina Ma. Gonzalez-Pierson

    I have always believed that the most effective time management technique is not one that only gets the most number of jobs or tasks done, but a process or procedure that avoids waste – waste of time, labor, and materials or resources. Most people just jump into action and think that if they hurry and hustle that means they’re getting a lot done. I’m more of a planner. That’s what I do fast, I’m quick to think, plan my moves or activities to simultaneously get things done so they finish at just about the same time. So, with cooking, I get to cook different dishes (soup, veggies, main dish, rice, dessert, and their drink – always healthy and balanced for my kids) and get them ready to eat, all hot and fresh. I prioritize which tasks will take longer and do not need much attention, I set this up first. Then, tasks that would take a shorter amount of time to do, but require more attention are prepared last, while the other tasks (or dishes, if we’re talking about cooking) are brewing on the stove, over, or microwave. Then, my kids and I enjoy our meal together…hot and fresh.
    But, I apply this process to everything I do. My first step is alwasy to plan first. Think quick, and then don’t rush through activities to avoid waste.

  • http://twitter.com/nancybareno Cristina Angeles

    I’m a mother of three. I started working again last year as a multi-tasking secretary to four bosses in a new furniture company. I repeat – four bosses. Among my responsibilities include answering calls, bookkeeping, attendance to meetings, making quotations, dispatching and monitoring of workers etc. etc. My bosses gave me instructions as if they don’t consult with each other. They also gave direct instructions to production workers without letting me know. Most of the time, this practice makes everything chaotic. Projects were finished late or worst, left undone. Unfortunately, it was me who took the blame when things went wrong specially with the scheduling. Most of the time also, I often stayed late in the office to fix the mess which means less time to spend with my husband and children. I tried using the organizer feature of my smartphone to keep up with my bosses but I want something that even the “Fantastic Four” can see. I was able to address that problem by using a simple old school technique.

    I requested for a huge whiteboard to be installed on a wall where it is very visible to all of us. There, I wrote a “responsibility matrix” which includes columns for activities, responsible person, target date and remarks. I update the matrix whenever necessary. Since then, the elusive “world peace” was achieved. I’m not saying that everything became very smooth in our company but the situation is now far better than before. My bosses look at the board first before giving instructions to people. I can also give them an answer or an update in an instant based on the facts presented on the board.

    This old tool help our managers make good decisions. It is also an effective monitoring tool. In general, it makes us use our time and very limited resources efficiently.

    [email protected]
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HYGHQJD5JT72ZJFE5M5MWAKVY nico

    One of the best tips I have learned was to prioritize objectively, meaning we have to give importance to our tasks based both on Urgency and Importance.

    Demonstrated simply, this is like having to fill up a bucket with large stones, pebbles and sand. All of which can fit inside the bucket, just as long as you know the order which they go in. To fill up the bucket, one places large stones in first, then pebbles take up the small holes in between, and then sand fills up the rest.

    This is an example how we can achieve the most from our day. The most important tasks should be finished first, followed by medium ones then smaller ones. But since we get swamped in a day with so many tasks, it seems easy to get confused and focus on finishing small items first but in the end, we really haven’t achieved anything significant.

    In order to prioritize, we need to rank tasks according to the following:

    1. Is it urgent? Can it Wait?
    2. Is it Important? Is it just a small task?

    If we answer yes to both questions, then we place that first in our list to do. If we answered yes to the first question only then we place that second. If we answered yes to the second question only, we place that third. And we save the unimportant and non-urgent tasks for later.

    By doing this, we can see which items do really need our attention, and which take up our time needlessly.

    Of course writing this down will help as well! Just prepare a table with 3 rows and 3 columns, labelling the top columns as important and not important and the left columns with urgent and non urgent. Whenever a task comes up to mind, just place it where it belongs on the table.

    Hope this can help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vida.cuaresma Vida Cuaresma

    Here are the things that seem to work for me :)

    - Check my ToDo List – I have a daily list of to-do’s. Once I’ve accomplished a task, I strike it off my list. I also keep a space that’s for “pending work” and a space for “accomplished work” it is gratifying to see my pile of accomplished work grow :)

    - Yes to Technology – email, twitter, messenger, sms, calendars, social networks, and the like are extremely useful! As much as possible, I limit my meetings to those that are urgent. If I can help it, I make use of phone conversations and online collaborations, because in most cases meetings will be 20% official, and the rest are just idle chatter. A big plus is having a gadget that can cover emails, presentations, and networking.

    - Coffee Breaks and Meals – although I’m pretty strict when it comes to my work hours, I make sure to enjoy my coffee breaks and meals. I need to fuel up, charge and re-charge for my work day. It is also leisure time that I can spend with my best buds who are in other offices.

    - Limit Over Stays (Time) – get to work on time, get to leave on time. What I can’t finish today, I will strive to finish tomorrow; being a happily married woman and a loving mother to a 5-year old is tough enough, having to limit your hours to spend with your loved ones is even tougher. As much as possible, I limit work hours to work hours. Over time (in my case over-stay since I’m not being paid for it) makes me too anxious and it can be potentially dangerous for those of us who have to travel long distances to get home.

    - Take time to Play – I attend to things that are not only productive for work, but personally productive as well, like taking scheduled learning sessions in our company. I believe that a happy employee is a productive one :)

    - Work as You Go – in instances where I have to go to our other building, I make sure to do everything that I need to do at the other building (or bring things that I can bring).

    - Be Organized – one of the things I hate most is having to search for something. Looking for something because it isn’t in its right place is a waste of time and effort. Having desk organizers, bag organizers, labels and proper tags are a must!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vida.cuaresma Vida Cuaresma
  • http://twitter.com/nancybareno Cristina Angeles

    I cant find my entry posted yesterday. I hope you don’t mind if I repost it again. Thanks.

    I’m a mother of three. I started working again last year as a multi-tasking secretary to four bosses in a new furniture company. I repeat – four bosses. Among my responsibilities include answering calls, bookkeeping, attendance to meetings, making quotations, dispatching and monitoring of workers etc. etc. My bosses gave me instructions as if they don’t consult with each other. They also gave direct instructions to production workers without letting me know. Most of the time, this practice makes everything chaotic. Projects were finished late or worst, left undone. Unfortunately, it was me who took the blame when things went wrong specially with the scheduling. Most of the time also, I often stayed late in the office to fix the mess which means less time to spend with my husband and children. I tried using the organizer feature of my smartphone to keep up with my bosses but I want something that even the “Fantastic Four” can see. I was able to address that problem by using a simple old school technique.

    I requested for a huge whiteboard to be installed on a wall where it is very visible to all of us. There, I wrote a “responsibility matrix” which includes columns for activities, responsible person, target date and remarks. I update the matrix whenever necessary. Since then, the elusive “world peace” was achieved. I’m not saying that everything became very smooth in our company but the situation is now far better than before. My bosses look at the board first before giving instructions to people. I can also give them an answer or an update in an instant based on the facts presented on the board.

    This old tool help our managers make good decisions. It is also an effective monitoring tool. In general, it makes us use our time and very limited resources efficiently.

    Email” [email protected]
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=100001278914811
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/nancybareno

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3WDNBRLF7RGA43WPMR43EIWR4 Lennie

    I’m a home baker and caterer, and my world would turn topsy-turvy if I didn’t know how to manage time well. Here are two food-related tips that have worked for me:

    • On weekly (or bi-weekly) food shopping: Make a list and stick to it (oft-repeated advice that most pay no attention to). I bring along a meal planner that lists the stuff I need to buy for the next two weeks. It’s my basic tool to make sure I don’t veer off-tangent. I pick a store I’m familiar with, so shopping can be organized according to its layout. Where I shop, as in most supermarkets, the basics are usually around the perimeter—produce, meats, poultry, fish, juice, dairy, breads. I’ve created a shopping system for myself: Once a month, I visit the shop’s inner aisles to buy staples like oil, frozen produce, canned goods, and dried herbs that I use regularly. Then, every two weeks, I buy only my perishables. This way, I stay out of the inner aisles (where the junk food usually is), 3 weeks out of 4. It really doesn’t take much to save some time and money—I simply zip in and out of the store, buying only what I need—and I still get to ensure that my family eats healthy.

    • On preparing food: Have a megacooking day once every two weeks! I practice a cooking method that allows me to prepare all my entrees in two-week cycles. The secret to it is doing all similar processes at once: browning meat, and chopping onions, and cooking chicken only ONCE rather than several times a month—this saves me hours of cooking downtime! When sautéing several food items in succession, I use the same skillet—I just wipe it out then dump in the next set of ingredients, and this saves me time on washing as well! While cooking, I set timers to let me know when something’s ready to be taken out of the oven or has been boiling for a certain amount of time. Then, for the next couple of weeks, all I need to do is to take an entrée out of the freezer, thaw, and heat it. While heating, I prepare a quick salad or dessert to serve with it! All the time-consuming preparation and cleanup is done on my megacooking day, and this frees me up for a lot of other stuff during the week! (Which, ironically, involves more cooking and baking for my customers…and, of course, making sure my family gets the attention it needs!)

    [email protected]
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    ghostwriter for Curtis Abbott on http://www.vestedwellness.com

  • http://twitter.com/nancybareno Cristina Angeles

    Looks like my entry was disqualified :-( It’s OK. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/ada_engkantada ada engkantada

    Hindi ako si Darna, accdng to Janine Desisderio’s local version of I’m not your Superwoman. But sometimes I try to be. Wanting to accomplish much in a shirt amount of time. Actually I pride myself in time management. I can OC sometimes and even set a target for a particular goal for a particular day. That way I know if I can still spare some time for other activities. Basically, I keep my handy-dandy notebook nearby. It’s a bit old fashioned, I know. In it list all my activities in a calendar (if my notebook is not a [planner originally, i draw the monthly calendars myself!) according to the dates that they are due. And then I list them on another page in chronological order, so I can see in a glance what I need to focus on. This depends on a variety of factors too, the deadline, the level of difficulty of the task at hand, and other regular activities or chores. For my day-to-day, I usually, allot my mornings for household chores, cooking, laundry, cleaning, preparing my daughter for school. The afternoons I allot for my work (I’m a WAHM) For nighttime, it’s for helping my daughter in her assignments. If I am on a tight schedule, I go back to work by 8pm and call it a night by 10 pm

    [email protected]

  • http://twitter.com/ada_engkantada ada engkantada

    Hindi ako si Darna, accdng to Janine Desisderio’s local version of I’m not your Superwoman. But sometimes I try to be. Wanting to accomplish much in a shirt amount of time. Actually I pride myself in time management. I can OC sometimes and even set a target for a particular goal for a particular day. That way I know if I can still spare some time for other activities. Basically, I keep my handy-dandy notebook nearby. It’s a bit old fashioned, I know. In it list all my activities in a calendar (if my notebook is not a [planner originally, i draw the monthly calendars myself!) according to the dates that they are due. And then I list them on another page in chronological order, so I can see in a glance what I need to focus on. This depends on a variety of factors too, the deadline, the level of difficulty of the task at hand, and other regular activities or chores. For my day-to-day, I usually, allot my mornings for household chores, cooking, laundry, cleaning, preparing my daughter for school. The afternoons I allot for my work (I’m a WAHM) For nighttime, it’s for helping my daughter in her assignments. If I am on a tight schedule, I go back to work by 8pm and call it a night by 10 pm

    [email protected]
    http://twitter.com/#!/ada_engkantada

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3WDNBRLF7RGA43WPMR43EIWR4 Lennie

    Hi, Noemi, am reposting without the link to the blogsite I ghostwrite for, in case the link in the original may have been considered as undue advertising for the blog :)
    _____________________________________________________________________

    I’m a home baker and caterer, and my world would turn topsy-turvy if I didn’t know how to manage time well. Here are two food-related tips that have worked for me:

    • On weekly (or bi-weekly) food shopping: Make a list and stick to it (oft-repeated advice that most pay no attention to). I bring along a meal planner that lists the stuff I need to buy for the next two weeks. It’s my basic tool to make sure I don’t veer off-tangent. I pick a store I’m familiar with, so shopping can be organized according to its layout. Where I shop, as in most supermarkets, the basics are usually around the perimeter—produce, meats, poultry, fish, juice, dairy, breads. I’ve created a shopping system for myself: Once a month, I visit the shop’s inner aisles to buy staples like oil, frozen produce, canned goods, and dried herbs that I use regularly. Then, every two weeks, I buy only my perishables. This way, I stay out of the inner aisles (where the junk food usually is), 3 weeks out of 4. It really doesn’t take much to save some time and money—I simply zip in and out of the store, buying only what I need—and I still get to ensure that my family eats healthy.

    • On preparing food: Have a megacooking day once every two weeks! I practice a cooking method that allows me to prepare all my entrees in two-week cycles. The secret to it is doing all similar processes at once: browning meat, and chopping onions, and cooking chicken only ONCE rather than several times a month—this saves me hours of cooking downtime! When sautéing several food items in succession, I use the same skillet—I just wipe it out then dump in the next set of ingredients, and this saves me time on washing as well! While cooking, I set timers to let me know when something’s ready to be taken out of the oven or has been boiling for a certain amount of time. So even if I have several things going on at once, everything runs like clockwork. The megacooking day is undoubtedly exhausting (even if I take little rest breaks). But then, for the next couple of weeks, all I need to do is to take an entrée out of the freezer, thaw, and heat it. While heating, I toss together a quick salad or dessert to serve with it! All the time-consuming preparation and cleanup is done on my megacooking day, and this frees me up for a lot of other stuff during the week! (Which, ironically, involves more cooking and baking for my customers…and, of course, making sure my family gets the attention it needs!)

    Thanks for letting me share these tips with your other readers!

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  • Anonymous

    http://luckyfinds-shareapic.blogspot.com/2011/02/time-management-as-way-of-life.html
    emiliana.sison AT gmail.com

    I am a mother of a 6-year old kid and employed fulltime as an assistant. As such, I need to master techniques as everything requires time.

    To manage my time efficiently at the office, I make use of a tickler system. I sort out my tasks based on urgency and importance and put them in 5 folders representing the 5 days of the work week. Not all urgent tasks are important so I always focus on priorities. The priority ones goes to the monday folder which I have to accomplish on he first day of the week. Others that doesn’t require urgency fall in the corresponding days its attention is needed.

    I use my cellphone to calendar tasks, meetings and schedules of my boss. It helps that most cellphone units nowadays can be programmed to send out notifications ahead of the calendar entries.

    Another advantages of having a cellphone is that I can delegate tasks/communicate to someone while on my way to the office. I make calls when traveling. I find that combining such activities as a great way to maximize time.

    I allot my spare time to delete old text messages and old contacts as it clogs up its memory. I do the same with my emails. Sorting emails during lunch time does wonders. Part of my email management goes to my tickler system if it requires reports or drafting of documents. I check my inbox frequently and flag emails which I deem important.

  • http://twitter.com/Louai27 Louai Pitlo

    marilou s. pitlo
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    As a wife, a grad student and an employee, I ahve to effectively manage my time to be the best of the three worlds. I prioritize ruthlessly. I start each day with a time management session prioritizing the tasks for that day and setting my performance benchmark. If I have 20 tasks for a given day, I consider how many of them do I truly need to accomplish. This is very basic, realistic and practical. I hope this really help. :-)

  • Anonymous

    In terms of having a frenetic schedule (one that is frantic and hectic), nothing can beat that of a working mom’s. I belong to this world. My schedule revolves around juggling a career, children, a spouse, family and friends. A tough job, that is. But I am glad that I have learned to effectively manage my time thus allowing me to perfectly balance my work and family.

    I have known it to be possible to live a life that I’ve always wanted and it was because I have made a choice, early on, of what truly is most important in my life. Defining and focusing on my priority are the keys to how I take charge of my schedule, so much so that the QUALITY of my life is my top priority. It all started with making some conscious choices about how I invest my time, efforts and energy. I know, it’s easier said than done but when I really stopped and re-evaluated my values and priorities, that was the only time I could really say that, “I would like to take charge of my life and that includes all my activities and my schedule.”

    I have learned to say NO and decline requests that I know can take so much of my time or would mean time away from my family. I know what I’m capable of doing and I know what to expect of myself.

    I’m one lucky working mom because I think I have created a perfect balance between work and family. I look forward to going to work and when I’m at work, I look forward to going home and be with my daughters. I have a 9-5 job and have been working for a local bank for the past 20 years. But I’m glad to say that I have developed a mind-set that my 9-5 work is just my sideline and that my true career only starts when I’m at home, as a wife and a mother. So, I guess it should start with having a mind-set that what is important and most valuable to you is the thing that you would love to spend most of your time and energy on.

    I really make time for the things that I deem important and love doing like, bonding with my family, date with my husband, spending “me” time or pamper time for myself and spiritual nourishment. Prayer is extremely important because when you ask for a “quality” life, God will give you wisdom and organize your thoughts.

    And oh by the way, I have learned to watch TV less and less (I even forgot the last time I watched TV) and instead I devote my time to doing more productive things like tutoring my kids or planning our weekly menu.

    Vivian Aguilar
    vvaguilar2003(at)yahoo(dot)com
    FB name: Vivian Aguilar

  • Anonymous

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