Dear Ronnie – On time management

Despite the number of questions I’ve received about how I manage my time, I have to admit I’ve been putting this post off because there are so many aspects of time management that I could talk about, and in my opinion there are already so many great resources out there. Also, I always worry I’ll come across like I expect everyone else to function the way I do. For the record – I don’t. We are all different people, and I totally get that how I operate is very much tied to my personality type.

So what I’ve decided to do is to simply focus on how I manage my time right now. This is, of course, specific to my present stage in life: as a mum of three little kids at home (all of whom do one long midday nap at the same time) with no work/business responsibilities. As my circumstances continue to change (e.g. when baby Edward arrives), the way I manage my time will also change.

A time for everything

Unlike the toys in our house, or the things in our handbag, time is intangible. But I do believe that time can be organised much like anything else. In fact, my approach to time management is much the same as my approach to organising things in general: have a place for everything and put everything in its place. In other words, I treat the things I need or want to do in much the same way as I would treat tangible objects in our home: I identify what they all are, I discard the ones that aren’t important, I sort them out into different categories, and then I do my very best to stick to this system. I am also constantly reviewing my system to make sure it’s still relevant and efficient (It’s actually very similar to David Allen’s famous ‘Getting Things Done’ system: capture, discard, organise and maintain.)

One of the wonderful things about making a time for everything is that when I’m with the boys, I am much better at being ‘present’ with them because I know that all the other things will be taken care of at some other point in my day/week/month.

On the concept of ‘doing it all’

First up, I am not a believer in doing it all.

I believe in making choices that reflect my priorities in life, at any given stage. Right now, those priorities are supporting my husband in his ministry work, looking after our family and keeping up with our memory-keeping. Closing my business was a big decision I made last year (in consultation with Rick) as the business was, essentially, no longer a priority for me or my family.

I believe in investing time in what I truly enjoy doing. Blogging is something I truly love – my primary creativity outlet these days. I enjoy the writing aspect of it, and I enjoy the photography part of it. I also love the connections I’ve made with other bloggers. And so, blogging is a big part of my routine.

I believe in getting/receiving help, and ‘outsourcing’ where possible. Rick’s mum comes over once a week to look after the boys. This frees me up to do what I want for several hours, which is quite a golden treat when you are a mother. Lately I’ve been using this time to actually do my writing for the blog, to free up time on my weeknights. We also use an agency who sends someone out to clean our home once a fortnight. This saves both Rick and myself a lot of time and we honestly believe it’s worth the money we spend.

I believe in working as a team with my awesome husband, and we both believe in working to our strengths. As such, we’ve each taken on rather ‘non-traditional’ roles in our family. While Rick looks after all the cooking and all the washing (I merely help with sorting out the clothes once they’re clean and dried), I’m responsible for all our finances, admin, tax and legal stuff. This has worked well for us for many years now, and I see it continuing into the future.

Lastly, I believe in not comparing myself to others. We’re all in different circumstances, with different time constraints, at different life stages, and with different interests and gifts. What someone else is able to accomplish in the course of their day or their week has no bearing on me. We are each our own person.

The ‘nuts and bolts’ of it all

Now we really get down to the specifics of how I manage my time on an everyday basis. To be completely honest, I feel a little vulnerable doing this (like I’m baring my soul or something like that), but I do hope it provides some helpful inspiration for those of you who are interested.

Essentially, I like to group all the things I have/want to do into a number of categories:

a) Daily habits
b) General tasks
c) Weekly jobs
d) Monthly/quarterly jobs
e) Projects

a) Daily habits

These are things that I would ideally like to do every day, which don’t necessarily come naturally to me. They include things like reading my bible, taking my tablets, replying emails, doing my physio exercises, eating fruit and writing down things that the boys say. They are things which I would probably not do automatically without a bit of prompting and reminding (unlike brushing my teeth or taking a shower). My daily blogging routine also forms part of this list.

These daily habits are written into a simple list in Simplenote, which I sync and access on my desktop using Notational Velocity. (Obviously, you do not need to use Simplenote to do something similar. A simple list on your phone or computer or paper would do the same trick.) They are then divided into the time of day in which I’m most likely to do them, or the time of day which I think would work best. For example, I’ve worked out that the boys’ nap time is the best window for me to pray, reply emails and finish prepping my blog posts as I know I’ll get at least a couple of hours of quiet time. On the other hand, late afternoon (when Play School is on the television for half an hour) is the perfect time to deal with incoming paperwork and review our family finances since I know that only takes about fifteen to twenty minutes (though when I was running the business, this would take a bit longer as I had to factor in business payments and entering journal entries into MYOB).

In my opinion, replying/filing emails and dealing with incoming paperwork are both important things to do on a daily basis, because they are critical to achieving an uncluttered inbox and a clean desk. Knowing that everything is dealt with and filed, with no loose ends to tie up, is one of the key to my being able to sit down at the end of the day and work on my projects, which I’ll talk about in my next post.

Obviously, there are other many other things that form part of my daily routine like getting dressed, spending time with the boys, feeding the boys, tidying the house, taking showers, etc. but because I automatically do them, I don’t put them on this list.

Tip: Don’t try to list too many daily tasks into the one time slot, as psychologically this can be quite intimidating and might actually encourage procrastination – especially if you are a mum with limited time throughout the day. Also, work out when you are most likely to do something; go with your natural rhythm throughout the day. (For example, if you are a morning person, then put more of your ‘thinking’ habits/tasks in the morning rather than the evening.)

b) General tasks

These are tasks which are not recurring in nature (at least not on a regular basis). For example, making a dental appointment, preparing for Sunday School, installing a piece of software or contacting someone from church. All my general tasks are entered into my Things app, which syncs across my iPhone and my laptop. Each task will land in one of four places:

  1. the Today list – These are tasks that I plan on completing the very same day.
  2. the Scheduled list – These are tasks that are less urgent but which I still want to get done on a certain date (usually in the same week); on the allocated date, the task will automatically appear on my Today list.
  3. the Errands list – These are tasks I need to complete when I’m out of the house. Most of the time, my errands are not time-sensitive (especially as I’m no longer running a business), so I simply move them to my Today list when I know that I’ll be out for certain period of time. As much as I can, I try to group my errands so that I’m not having to make multiple trips (or I ask Rick to complete them for me if I know he’s going to be passing the post office or the newsagent on his way home). (The Things app does not come with an automatic Errands list but you can easily set one up as an ‘area of responsibility’ and it appears as a list.)
  4. the Inbox – These are tasks which I know I need to get done but I haven’t quite worked out when I’m going to have time to do them, so they get ‘dumped’ into the Inbox to be re-sorted into one of the other lists later.

At the beginning of each day (usually when I’m still lying in bed), I review everything on the Today list, and then arrange them in either the order of priority and/or the order in which I’m most likely to complete them. If I think there are realistically too many things on the list, or if unforeseen circumstances have come up (e.g. someone waking up with a high temperature), then I will re-schedule some of the tasks to another day. If you don’t wish to pay for an app like Things, you might want to consider looking into Remember the Milk, which is free and has similar features.

Once the day actually begins, I usually try to knock over my tasks at the earliest opportunity (after I’ve completed the daily habits assigned to that time of the day.)

c) Weekly jobs

These are tasks or jobs that get done (theoretically) on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis, and I organise these using a combination of the Things app and iCal on my Mac. Some of these weekly tasks are household chores, some of these are memory-keeping jobs and some of these are related to blogging.

The wonderful thing about the Things app is that it allows you to not only schedule repeating tasks but you can also set what day of the week a task appears. This is really helpful because I like to organise out my weekly tasks so that they don’t all fall on the same day. It’s about spreading out the workload. Obviously, as you get used to your weekly task list, you automatically know what task will come up on what day, but I find it’s still helpful for me to see something tangible on my to-do list every day as a visual prompt.

As a general rule, I try to schedule the jobs which I know take a longer period of time – like writing blog posts and sorting photos – to days of the week when I know someone else is around to spend a bit of time with the boys.

Recently, I moved my weekly memory-keeping and blogging tasks to my iCal app (ie. the native calendar software on Macs) as recurring weekly events (instead of having them on Things) because they tend to require a slightly larger chunk of time than the other tasks, and I’m finding it helpful to be able to actually schedule the particular ‘job’ to a certain time of the day once that day has started. This works well alongside my Today list on Things.

Tip: Try to complete weekly jobs on the day they come up, rather than re-scheduling or delaying them, otherwise they build up.

d) Monthly and quarterly jobs

These are mainly administrative tasks that I’ve decided work best if I tackle them on a monthly or quarterly basis. Again, these are entered into Things and scheduled to appear on a particular date of the month or quarter. This is incredibly useful as my monthly and quarterly jobs usually need to be completed towards the end of the month or quarter. And again, I always try to make time to complete my monthly and quarterly tasks as soon as they come up, so that I can get on with the next month/quarter without accumulating a backlog of tasks.

Filing every quarter makes sense for me, even back when I was running a business, because we don’t have a huge amount of paperwork and it means I don’t have to worry about filing on a daily weekly or even monthly basis. Plus, I think it’s more efficient to file a larger amount of paperwork than a smaller amount. The same goes for bank reconciliation.

But as you can see, it’s not all about chores. Working on Project Life is included in my monthly (and weekly) routines, because it’s something that’s important to me, and I want it to be incorporated into my life so that it becomes second nature, rather than something that I have to stress about. Since each of the boys have their own Project Life album, what I do is I simply focus on one of their albums each week, and I generally do this in one go when my parents are over for their weekly visit.

What it comes down to (for me)

  • It’s all about working out what I need to get done. And what I want to get done.
  • It’s about breaking down my goals into small, actionable tasks and then allocating a time for these tasks during my day and/or week and doing my best to stick to it.
  • It’s about thinking big, but planning in small, achievable steps.
  • It’s about doing my best to not waste time.
  • It’s about setting up habits, establishing routines, creating structure and being organised & disciplined.

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So far, all the above is about establishing and keeping up with a routine that:

a) supports good habits and my current priorities in life, and
b) gets things done in order for the course of every day family life to take place in a somewhat orderly fashion.

The final category, projects, therefore captures all the other ‘big’ stuff such as re-designing a website, birthday parties, additional memory keeping projects. As this has already been such a lengthy post, I’ll be posting about the way I manage my projects next week. (I know some of you said on Facebook that you’d prefer to read it all in one sitting, but trust me, it was becoming a book. Hope this is okay!)

I would love for you to share how you manage your time on a day-to-day basis! And as always, feel free to ask any questions.

57 comments

jodi February 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

Oh. My. Goodness. I am speechless. I think I need you to come over and organise a daily/weekly/monthly timetable for me! Inspiring once again Dear Ronnie x

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Vanessa February 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

Good golly gosh Ronnie. Yes I’m with Jodi. Speechless. Not sure what to say other than I’m obviously living in complete and utter chaos! Seriously though, you’re right, we all have different circumstances and we’re all unique in the way we do things, but there’s a lot to inspire here especially your boys’ journals. I haven’t added to them in a little while, partly because they’re filling up and there’s hardly any room, and partly because of time. Thank you Ronnie for writing this. x

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Hi Vanessa,
What I do is that I simply jot down things that the boys say and do (in Simplenote) at the end of the day on my laptop in bed. I don’t stress too much if I can’t remember anything to write. Sometimes I ask Rick to do it if he’s been spending time with the boys. Then once a month when I update their Project Life albums, I simply print the journalling for that month out, and add it to the album. I try to keep the process as simple as I can…
Ronnie xo

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eek! February 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

wow, you are so organized! I could use a kick in my butt with my time management…
thanks for showing how you do it – I am inspired!

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milkyway February 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

wow…i am also speechless. i can’t imagine having allocated time slots for everything. i have two kids under 3 and i have to do absolutely everything – from when they wake to when they sleep + cooking, cleaning, washing + no babysitters – hubby has play time with them before bed as he works long hours. Photos/memory keeping & exercise when kiddies are in bed at 7pm. How do you feel when things don’t go to plan and you have a backlog? I might try this out next week – running on a schedule and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing, Ronnie! xo

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thanks so much for sharing milkway. I have so much admiration for mums who do everything on their own, either because they’re a single parent or because their partner works till late. Seriously, nothing but respect. When things don’t go according to plan, I usually just give up my ‘project’ time in the evenings to catch up on my weekly jobs and then re-shuffle my projects around. (I’ll talk about that more in my next post).
Ronnie xo

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Caroline February 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Now that is organised! My time management is in my head or on a post it note!

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Rachel // heraura.com February 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

wow. first thing i have read since waking up this morning, and probably the best thing i will read all week. thank you for sharing!

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simplypearl February 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

you are amazing. thank you for sharing… i love being able to read how you keep it all together. and i also appreciate that you admit that you don’t do it all. that’s something we all need to remember. i hope that at some point {when all my boys} are healthy, that i get more organized.

question: for your individual child’s PL, do you document in a daily style? i’d contemplated doing that, but decided i would have the time for that. but it’s never too late to start. :)

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Hi Pearl,
No there’s no way I could have time to document the boys’ PL albums in a daily style. I mentioned this to Vanessa above, but what I do as part of my daily routine above (which is where I’ve written ‘update children’s journals) is to jot down things that they’ve said or done during the day in Simplenote (I have a separate list for each child) and then each month when I work on their PL albums, I simply drop all that into a template and print it out as an insert. I try not to stress if I miss days or forget things that they do or say – I figure that whatever I’m able to record and document is good enough. Does that help?
Ronnie xo

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simplypearl February 21, 2013 at 4:31 am

yes. and thank you for sharing. i think i may brave it and think of a system to make individual PLs for the boys too. as of right now, i just put it in our family album. hmmm… wheels in my head are churning… now to put it into action….

thank you again for the inspiration.

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Candy February 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm

How have I not found your blog before now!? Oh my word, it’s beautiful! Your words, your photos, everything! Wow.

I am so glad you commented on my blog, because I needed to read this post. I have been contemplating mixing things up and I really like how you manage your time. I can’t wait to look around more!

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Wow, thanks so much for your wonderful words Candy! I’m so happy you stopped by as well.
Ronnie xo

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Fiona February 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Wow, your organisational skills are amazing! I admit that my head was spinning a bit by the end of the post, so I for one am glad you decided to break it up a bit. I love a couple of things you wrote, which is what I want to remember most: not comparing yourself, not trying to do it all yourself (outsourcing), and working to your strengths (you and Rick). Deciding what it most important to you and your family, at this given point in time, and working those into your routine is such a wonderful piece of advice for anyone, and being willing to change it up if it’s not working. I am not much of a structured/ schedule person, so I find the whole idea of it a bit challenging and overwhelming, but it’s always great to hear from someone who is a strong organiser. Thanks for sharing, Ronnie. I look forward to the next post…projects! Hugs xoxo

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Bene February 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Wow! This is truly inspirational for sure! You have bite sizes things into categories so effectively that it really doesn’t look like a mountain of tasks. I still use the old paper todo list in the form of my portable mini notepad and my filofax. Without them I would be LOST! Sadly I’m still in the stage where I’m still coming to terms with the fact that you don’t have to complete everything and routine (in small sections) is better than trying to do it all at once. I’m a bulk-doer at the moment. But one day I will succeed. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. It is all ultimatetly (spelling…) down to howyour situation is.

p.s. Thank you very much for taking a look at my blog. Honestly it really made my day all that better. :)

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hi Bene,
Thanks heaps for visiting here as well. I used to be a ‘bulk-doer’ as well (love that term, LOL) and I also used to rely heavily on my Filofax and mini notepad! Nothing wrong with that at all. It was perfect for my circumstances at the time. I guess as life changed, I just adapted to different systems and different methods of getting things done.
Ronnie xo

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Emma February 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I made a cup of tea and enjoyed reading about your time management.
I have four kids, you really need this type of management mine’s daily, weekly, monthly too, I like all your ideas!!
I really struggle for the bible reading time, best I do is John Piper daily devotion.
I need to make that a daily habit, really does not come naturally for me.
My husband does shift work so he cook’s one night, vacuuming, mind’s the kid’s alot!
Thanks for sharing!

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Pink Ronnie February 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Doing a JP daily devotion is wonderful, Emma! I probably succeed with the bible reading every second day, and usually I’m just at the breakfast table trying to drown out all the shouting and noises around me. I figure the boys can learn to wait and fend for themselves for 10 minutes while mummy tries to read Romans… :)
Ronnie xo

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Elizabeth February 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

This is incredible! I love how organized you are, and that you’re willing to share this. It’s quite an inspiration to me, as I’ve been feeling like I don’t have enough time in a day lately.
Thank you!

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Sonia Life Love Hiccups February 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Ahhhh this post just made my heart sing. I am a huge fan of time management and I know you would understand me when I say I get completely stressed when I am not organised. Some great tips here that I had thought of but am keen to try. Thanks hun xx

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Yin February 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

What an inspiring post, Ronnie, you are amazing! Thank you for sharing and ‘baring your soul’ for us :) You are proof that prioritizing and setting good habits and routines will simplify our lives and let us get what is important to us accomplished. In whatever form and shape we each will take!

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Jane Y. February 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

Incredible! This reminds me of time management at work and in the home – the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly (or quarterly!) – wow! So impressed, Ronnie!

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Jess February 21, 2013 at 3:39 am

Gob smacked Ronnie! You are one incredible woman and you keep pulling surprises out of your hat.

I think what I struggle with is Logan being non-stop clingy and also the lack of predictability in my life since he’s come along. I need to stop using those as excuses though and power through. I know there have been days when I’ve done just that and felt so proud of myself.

If we had a bit more money I would definitely hire a cleaner, I could see that taking a lot of frustration out of our lives – maybe I just need to sit down, budget and make it work!

Thank you for this AMAZING post.

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krystal/village February 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

man you are super organized!! i do daily things everyday but everything else just kind of gets fit in whenever. i bet if i were this organized i would feel a lot less pressure though!

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Julia kuku couture February 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

Ronnie this is amazing! I actually read it yesterday when you posted it but I was so excited about how I was going to implement it I didn’t have a chance to comment. I tried some of your tips today and I certainly did have a much more productive day. I have pinned it to read again when I get back from our trip. I am so excited I feel like I will have a fresh start.
I think I need to have a coffee with you so you can help me get my timetable together.
Your a wiz and I look forward to the next installment .

xx

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Bec Zacher | The Bear Hut February 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

Amazing organisation Ronnie, loved reading this! I use lots of apps to keep organised and my little diary i take everywhere. Wunderlist would have to be my favourite for staying on top and keep track of all my tasks. Sounds like you have a very helpful hubby, would love to get mine involved in doing the washing more ;-) I also look after all our home finances, it’s always been this way and just works for us. You have inspired me to organise things a little better though. I’m working on a new home planner to do just this. Bec

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Donna G. February 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Excellent, excellent post, Ronnie! Thank you for taking the time to write down all of this. I got some great ideas here!

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Chantel February 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Girl, you are SO organized! Thanks for sharing all this information!

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fritha February 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Ronnie I love this! What you said about being ‘present’ with your boys as you knew other parts would be dealt with at other times really resonated with me. I’ll pinning this post to come back to as I am really struggling with time management at the moment! xx

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Melissa@Julia's Bookbag February 23, 2013 at 3:29 am

This is so fabulous!!! you’ve given me SO many ideas about how to organize my days and weeks, thank you thank you!

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rooth February 24, 2013 at 4:24 am

I am not a believer in doing it all – even though it’s something that I would love to do. I still haven’t been able to balance it all but I’ve gotten a lot better about prioritizing things. My blog has also gotten to be more of a priority – mainly because I think it keeps me sane

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lauragofton February 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Ronnie, thank you so much for sharing your time management. The ironic thing is that right now, in the midst of moving house, I don’t have the time to sit down and take it all in properly. I did skim read the other night and have been thinking about how you schedule your time and thinking perhaps I need to try to do that more.

x Laura

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Rick (husband) February 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi all,

I have to say that the most impressive thing for me in PinkRonnie’s time management system is that she does things in the time allocated.

I’ve seen her exhausted, hungry, and in discomfort drag herself from the couch at 10pm (when I’m longing for bed) and force herself to complete what she planned to do that evening. Matter of fact…I see this most nights. She’s an impressive woman.

R

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Ritz February 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

Gosh I love this post and so glad I found your blog! It’s just mind blowing -the writing, photos, inspirations everything.
I am so looking forward to follow and catch up on your posts and photos.
Thank you for lovely inspirational post…we used to keep monthly photo albums of my baby but think in the process if doing everything by myself and husband working long hours we let it go…your post has definitely given me lot to think about as I have just started a blog too and was getting upset about time management.

Thank you once again :) x

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Pink Ronnie February 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hi Ritz,
Thanks for all your kind words, it’s awesome to have you here. I’m glad some of my posts are helpful – thanks for reading along!
Ronnie xo

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Marcia @ Organising Queen February 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

WOW! I thought I was organised til I read this post :)

Teehee – seriously though I love the mindset stuff the best – delegate, realise you’re not Superwoman and play to your strengths.

I’m inspired to up the ante – i think I waste tons of time every week on surfing the internet mindlessly.

How much time do you allocate to blog reading? How many are in your reader? And how much time do you allocate to writing blogs per week?

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Pink Ronnie February 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Hi Marcia,
Thanks for stopping by – lovely to have you here. I spend a very small percentage of my time reading blogs. I have about a dozen blogs which I will visit daily – that takes less than 10 minutes. I’ll also visit the blogs of people who comment on mine, as I like getting to know my readers, but I also limit that to about 10-15 minutes a day. Towards the end of last year, I got read of my reader because I felt I didn’t need the burden of all those feeds building up and making me feel guilty. I much prefer visiting and reading blogs when I want to! I also don’t go on Pinterest at all…
Hope that helps! :)
Ronnie xo

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Melody March 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Have been loving your writing! Thank you for the investment of your time and creativity. You nailed it – helpful inspiration. Feeling encouraged to take baby steps and keep going.

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Pink Ronnie March 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Melody! Appreciate you stopping by and reading!
Ronnie xo

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Lindsey March 11, 2013 at 4:02 am

oh girl you are incredible. started following you on instagram and now it’s like everywhere i go leads to you with the perfect words i need to hear. you make the motherhood and homemaking gig seem more manageable- something i’m struggling with. Thank you, you have made it look like an art. Beautiful.

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Pink Ronnie March 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hi Lindsey,
That’s such a lovely message that you’ve written! So happy to hear you’re enjoying reading here. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Ronnie xo

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Taryn March 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for sharing Ronnie! This was a seriously good post for me to read tonight! I’ve yet to find my groove in The life of motherhood! You’d think after two years I’d be better at it, but my recent bout of Glandular Fever and a miscarriage last year really messed with my ability to do life in any sort of organised fashion. I gave up on RTM years ago… But really need to give it another go (free before paid… We if I can get back into that kind of system first!). I’m an Evernote girl, but for PL I’ve started using Momento app on iPhone – but I needed a serious kick up the pants in the regular routine department!!! I’m great at big picture… And I used to be pretty good at converting that down into achievable goals… Though I seem to have lost some of that along the way (perhaps it left with my brain in my first pregnancy)…

Anyway, the timing tonight was perfect because the thing I struggle with most is outsourcing… I kinda figure why pay someone else to do something I’m perfectly capable of doing myself! The problem is that there are certain things that just aren’t getting done around the house… Causing miss perfectionist me to have semi regular meltdowns or just be stressed and cranky… Not conducive to a healthy marital relationship!!! Hubby happens to be sitting doing an application to act in place of his boss who is taking 5 months off later in the year (our bub is due in this time frame)… And your post made me step back and take stock realistically! S I’ve suggested to hubby that we get a cleaner if he gets the acting position… And also that we should consider sitting down and reviewing our budget in order to see whether or not a regular cleaner is possible… It would certainly relieve stress! And I know I’m still completely capable of doing it myself, but realistically I simply don’t get the time (or perhaps it’s just not a strength of mine).

So yes, thanks for sharing! For the inspiration to get organised again and for the reality check!

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Pink Ronnie March 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

Hi Taryn,
Lovely to have you here.
I’ve heard of Momento – glad it’s working for you.
Thanks also for your kind words about the post. I just think when it comes to parenting (for me, anyway), being able to outsource the cleaning helps so much with my sanity and our family life.
I’m also really sorry to hear about your miscarriage last year….
Much love,
Ronnie xo

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Jo-Anne April 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Ronnie, i take my hat off to you!!

A mother of 3 gorgeous boys and one on the way and you are so organised, calm and collected??

I have one 2 year old baby boy and i don’t get nearly as much done as you do with 3.

WOW, you have really inspired me so much with this post Ronnie:-)
THANK YOU!

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Pink Ronnie April 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hi Jo-Anne,
Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, for reading and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.
Ronnie xo

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Kayla January 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Just came across your blog through researching Artifact Uprising and ended up coming to this post. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really needed to read this because I am so inconsistent in my time. I have so much to do, but end up doing nothing because I feel overwhelmed. Will be working on coming up with a system over the next few weeks. Your blog is my new favorite!

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Pink Ronnie January 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Hello Kayla,
I’m glad the post could be of some help – let me know how you go. :)
Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words!
Ronnie xo

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I love hearing from you!

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