Last Sunday, I received Mother's Day greetings from my family. I received text messages from my daughter as early as midnight and my son and hubby greeted me the following day. Hubby has been calling me a number of times, but I wasn't able to pick up the call as I was on duty at the office and I would normally keep my CP inside my locker. Nonetheless, he was able to leave messages for me.
One of his messages read, "I was thankful to the Lord that you are the mother of my children as they grew up to be intelligent, kind, and loving children."
My husband gives the credit to me for bringing up my children well. This is so because he was away from home for a long time and just having a month or 2 months vacation in a year. I am also working away from home for the last six years but I was with my children during their growing up years. He was very pleased on how he sees our children. He couldn't find anything to complain about them. They are both disciplined, God fearing, responsible and loving children, apart from the fact they are both achievers in school and constantly bringing medals at home. I guess, we couldn't ask for more. :)
I feel very happy every time I get complimented for raising my children well. My friends and relatives are really amazed at how disciplined they are, despite of the fact that me and my husband are both out of the country for work. They could very well spend a lot of time with their friends, go out of the house without asking permission and not concentrate well on their studies but all these nightmares didn't happen to them. My colleagues and staff at work would normally expressed their admiration whenever they heard that my children are sending messages to me asking for a permission to go out with friends even only for 3 hours. Yes! that's how disciplined they are. One even commented that her son never even asked permission at times even she is in the house with them. How much more if she is not around. I was a disciplinarian, that's a fact. But I always shower my kids with bountiful blessings to reward them for their good deeds and for not bringing me any problem. I guess the key to that success is effective time management.
Photo Source : http://tickledbylife.com
It is often being said that Moms are super heroes as they can perform everything with just a little time. Yes, that's what makes Moms unique. If you would only know how busy I am with all the things that I am engaged with, then probably you would ask me how I managed to do things with just a very little time. But yes, I managed my time well and I am mighty proud of it.
Working full time with a big responsibility at work, running several blogs, running a small business, dealing with our tenant, managing the household expenses and keeping in touch with my family is a big responsibility. I am not physically present but I give instructions to them on a regular basis. I also help them with their home works and research papers in school when needed. I write their speeches, literary pieces and give them moral support in school competitions. I was never absent during recognition days and graduation even if it means taking the first flight and staying in the Philippines for just 6 days, just to be physically present on the important milestones in their lives.
I manage my time effectively by keeping a journal of my daily activities. I make a fixed monthly budget and allocate enough funds for it. I do multitasking most of the time. Imagine living abroad alone? I don't have someone to wash and iron my clothes, I don't have someone to cook my foods. I shop for my own foods and grocery supplies, clean my own room, wash my dishes and cook my own foods. Busy...busy life. I am writing posts in my blogs while I am doing the laundry. I set my sleeping hours. Put an alarm so I could wake up on time and do my daily tasks as scheduled. I boil the spaghetti noodles while I check my email. Listen to an audio book while ironing my clothes and chat with my kids while having a snack and do my hair spa while mopping the floor. I send instructions to my kids through emails. Coach them by sending viber messages and stalk on their facebook accounts without them knowing it, just to see how they are each day.
Do I still have time for relaxation? Yes I have! I'm still able to watch my favorite "teleserye" and some of my favorite TV programs through the internet, go for a massage, mani and pedi and do occasional shopping. Sometimes, I couldn't notice the passing of each day. I'm busy but I am loving the idea because I am productive and I am able to accomplish a lot of things. Effective time management is essential and for me this is very important tool in achieving my goals both at home and at work. :)
How about you? Do you practice time management, too?