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Respond to this discussion with feedback with two paragraphs, each paragraph is at least 5 sentences. Be detailed, use professional language and provide examples on how to improve time management for this person. Please make sure this is plagiarism free as it will go through Turn it in. (About me:  I am a single mom as well and I work many hours as well.)

   Discussion:

     Time management is a term I have become very familiar with in my life as a healthcare worker as well as mom two. I like to think that I am fairly well versed in staying organized and managing my time wisely, but as we all know, sometimes life does not cooperate with us and life can get hectic and chaotic. 

           I recently (unexpectedly) became a single mom, which of course has forced me to make some changes in my life. I have my children during the week, Monday through Thursday. They are with their dad Friday-Sunday so that I can work on the weekends. During the week when the kids are with me, I am in mom mode; cooking, cleaning, laundry, playing with them, taking them to the park, ect. I am lucky that I am able to work PRN, so I typically work Friday’s and Sunday’s, which leaves me with Saturdays to myself. I can work on Saturday if I choose to, or I can use that day to do anything I was not able to do during the week. They way my life is arranged right now is not at all how I expected it to be. I was married for 6 years, so I always had help at home. Despite this adversity, I am managing life and making it work, and re-learning this new way of living and how to manage my time. 

            Finishing my BSN is important to me, so I am willing to do whatever I need to do to temporarily rearrange my life to make time for school. For example, although I have my kids during the week, they are still at ages where they take naps mid-day. Instead of using nap time to relax or get some chores done, I plan on dedicating that time to school. Also, my children go to bed somewhat early, usually by 7:30, which means I also have time in the evenings to get schoolwork done. As stated before, Saturday’s I typically don’t work, so if all else fails and I still have schoolwork to do, I have an entire day on Saturday that I am able to dedicate to school.   

            If there was anything I would change about my daily life in order to make more time for school, it would be prioritizing things better in order to ensure my work is done on time. Kind of like the Time Management Jar in this weeks lesson. My children and my job would be the largest rocks. School would be the smaller rocks. Housework and chores would be the small pebbles. And hanging out with friends/socialization would be the sand.  There is many times when my kids go for naps, or I have free time at night and I try to get all the housework done, or sometimes I will just sit on my phone and scroll through social media. The Tie Management Jar teaches us that we must learn to put the smallest things last or there will be no time left for the bigger items. Sometimes I get a little OCD with my house; I always feel like I have to get all the house work done in one day or I get anxious. When in reality, the dishes and laundry will still be there tomorrow if it doesn’t get done today. All of the small things in life can wait, because getting my schoolwork done is more important.

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