This graphic, while made for students who are mothers, is applicable to anyone who is balancing work, school and a family. Retrieved from College Success for Moms.

A few time management techniques include;

  • Do not fall into the multitasking trap. We often don’t create our best work when we are multitasking, but it can be difficult to focus on the task at hand, especially with fussy kids around! Do what you can to silence your phone and turn off your social media so you can focus.
  • Tackle your most difficult task first. We like to procrastinate our hardest work. Once we start though, we find it isn’t as bad as we thought and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is even stronger!
  • Post it. Hang a family wall calendar to keep track of everything from PTA meetings to doctor visits to movie dates to exam schedules.[1]
  • Take productive breaks. When you just can’t look at that paper anymore, take a break to clean up your work space or respond to emails. Finding small moments to get other tasks done not only can be refreshing, but helps your overall productivity. [2]
  • Pause before saying YES. Know your limits and reserve your energy for things that matter the most to you. It can be difficult to tackle the feeling of obligation, but in the end, you need to do what is best for your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Know your resources. There are more supports on campus and beyond than we tend to know about. See what’s out there that can help you or you can tap into. Start here http://www.usask.ca/groups/parents-on-campus/resources/campus.php#CampusResources

For a full list of time management resources from the University of Saskatchewan go to https://library.usask.ca/studentlearning/resources/studyskills.php

Remember that you need to take time to take care of yourself. Self-care is an important process that we all must do to decrease our stress, promote mental wellbeing, and increase our resistance to future stressors. Everyone has different ways of caring for themselves. Here’s a few ideas that you can try:

  • Yoga or exercising regularly releases built-up tension, in your body and emotionally. It also releases endorphins “happy hormones” for a natural high. This can mean going to the gym, taking a long walk, or having a dance party at home!
  • Take a long bath and have some alone time in your own space- maybe after the kids are asleep!
  • Try journaling. Even writing a few sentences a night can help release emotional build up before sleep.
  • Spend time with family in a non-stressful atmosphere. Rather than focusing on getting from point A to point B try having fun at a park, museum, or even on that walk to school.
  • Trying breathing for relaxation- Here's How:
    1. Sit or stand in a relaxed position.
    2. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five in your head. 
    3. Let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight in your head as it leaves your lungs.  Repeat several times.  That's it![1]
  • Laugh. Just laugh. Find something that makes you happy and laugh it out. Try stand-up comedy or cat videos. Just laughing for a few minutes every day can make you feel much happier.
  • Rethink how you think. What are your priorities? Why? Do you find room to celebrate small accomplishments? Do you strive for perfection when what you need is a happy balance?[2]
  • Ask for help or to talk it out with someone. Remember you are not alone and you are not burdening anyone else when you talk to someone.

[2]http://www.gozen.com/8-self-care-tips-for-parents-who-have-no-time-for-self-care/

Written and Compiled by: Khadija Samoylove, Sarvenaz Esmaeelzadeh, Temitope Akintilebo, and Maryellen Gibson as a part of their PUBH 803 class