Time Management in Families

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Your time management skill is one of the very greatest skills of your life, besides walking and talking. Time Management Skills are not so difficult to do, but they are terribly difficult to get. Not because they’re difficult to learn, but because they’re difficult to find.

This concept of time is treated by the Gehttp writer and philosopher named Ernst Junger.  

He lived to be  103 years old.  Given his reflections on temporality, it seems he truly applied what he says in his essay entitled… “The Book of Sand Clocks”.





The idea of this book is that we are simply surrounded by clocks and watches, measuring our passage through life.  Yet we strongly reject the ticking of clocks. We hate sleeping with the ticking of clocks.  We don’t want to be called,  to be woken up.

It’s in fact a call of freedom in the areas in which we haven’t yet been enslaved. We could not conceive a life without clocks or watches.

We’re used to hearing  them ticking, beating , we’re accustomed to having watches on us, to look at clocks and watches wherever we may go-from the small watches to the grandfather clocks and tower clocks. 

Where there are more clocks,   time becomes shorter and more precious. Technology has made us get used to speed.

Fast food, microwave dinners , high speed internet, cell phones, instant messaging and driving over the speed limit are a part of our everyday lives.


aa03b5413c55b872b538e9f27bb25650 In the home life, managing a household, taking care of children, running errands, paying bills and more creates the never ending busy day of a stay at home mom.

In the work world it’s pressing deadlines, running late for meetings, and grabbing lunch in between the presentation and the next important call.

It’s no wonder we develop habits of talking on cell phones while driving and eating while running. Does anyone stop to take a breath anymore?




An effective time management skill requires awareness of where your time goes, and a list of what you want to fill with your time.

For a very simple reason, time management is about getting more value out of your time and using it to improve the quality of your life.   Without mastery of time, one will find success very elusive. Time management is really activity management or life management.

The pleasant, funny activities make us forget about measuring time. We cannot play during a measured period of time, or relax.  Children for instance lose any notion of time when they play outside.  All they know is they have to come home when they are called by their parents.

So what about Time Management for kids? Learning the importance of time management is one of the most important things kids can learn.

It’s always better for kids to develop an understanding of what is important for their adulthood.

    • Encourage kids to understand the importance of time by arranging the important activities in order. Make them draw pictures of their favorite activities according to their preference.
    • Purchase storage boxes of different colors and teach your kid to place his/her favorite toys in different boxes.
    • Set time limits for his/her various activities and chores. This would give your child a brief idea of how long each activity should run.
    • Involve your kids in small decisions related to your house and work. This would help him/her to manage and discuss work and personal issues in due course.
    • Give an option of three various chores your kid has to do. Give your kid his/her favorite chores so that they enjoy working and complete it before time.


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Benjamin Franklin said, “Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff that life is made of.” Look at your body rhythms for which times suit you be. When do you work best (or when is your concentration at it’s  maximum)?

Are you most alert in the morning, afternoon or evening? Plan your day by your energy cycle.

You can schedule the most important or mentally demanding activities when you are at your peak. “Next time you say, “I’m wasting time” change that to say, “I’m wasting myself.”





According to Dr. Dru Scott, author of “Time Management and the Telephone, “You can add a 13th month each year by simply waking up one hour earlier each day during the work week. 

That will give you five hours per week, or 250 hours per year. Scott concludes: “Divide those 250 hours by eight (assuming you have 8 hour days) and you get 31 days- a free month.” 

Keep in mind that your early hours are more productive than later ones.  It’s more difficult to be productive at night, when you are exhausted by the activities of  the day.


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Time Management:  The Pickle Jar Theory  By Jeremy Wright






There’s something about a nice crunchy pickle, isn’t there? I mean the aroma may make some people puke, but for me it’s the taste and the juice forcing itself into your mouth like a divine cascade of flavor. As a wise man once said, “It’s like a taste explosion in your mouth!”

Well, this article really has nothing to do with pickles, nor does it have anything to do with eating or wise men at all. In fact this article has nothing to do with anything tangible, unless you choose to follow along.

Though you don’t have to, I would strongly suggest it as you could have quite the nifty little craft project by the end of this piece!

The jar

Time Management theories have come and gone. I’ve tried many of these and most have failed because of the sheer amount of time I needed to commit to the theory in order to save some time.

The return just never seemed to justify the cost, if you know what I mean.

The latest theory of Time Management I heard has actually caused me to stop and think about how I run my entire life.





It  is called the Pickle Jar Theory.

The theory

Imagine if you will an empty pickle jar. A big pickle jar, you could fit at least three of the largest pickles you’ve ever imagined inside of it. For those of you who don’t like pickles, I apologize, feel free to substitute the words “pancake jar” for “pickle jar” as needed.

Okay, so you’ve got yourself a pickle jar. Now, put some large rocks in it. Put in as many as you possibly can. Let me know when it’s full. Now, I know you think it’s full, but put a couple more in anyway.

Okay, you’ve got a full pickle jar that you can’t fit anything else into, right? Now, put some pebbles in. Put as many in as you can possibly fit. Now, take your full jar and take sand and, you guessed it, fill that jar until you can’t possibly fit anymore in, and then add some water.

I am sure the significance of this little exercise hasn’t escaped any of you. Each of us has many large priorities in our life, represented by the large rocks. We also have things which we enjoy doing, such as the pebbles. We have other things we have to do, like the sand. And finally, we have things that simply clutter up our lives and get in everywhere: water.

None of these are bad things. After all, we need the gamut of these objects—from large priorities to times of rest—in order to feel truly fulfilled. No Time Management theory should be without balance, and the Pickle Jar theory is all about balance.

You make time for everything, and everything simply fits well where it is supposed to fit.

I strongly encourage everyone to use at least one Time Management System.

It empowers you to actually do instead of scurrying about without any goals in sight. Whether you choose this particular system or not, remember: Eat the pickles before you empty the jar, they are so good!






“Only you can know how much you can give to every aspect of your life. Try to decide what is most important.”  Your children will be more successful in school and in life if you decide to give them a higher priority as well..




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