A Day in the Life: 5 Ways to Manage Busy Schedules

Do you have a busy schedule ? Here are five ways we manage our busy family schedules. Our #1 tip is Phil, a prescription refill service! #PhilRx #Pmedia #ad

Sometimes, I have days so busy that I have ZERO idea how to get through them.

Now I have learned that the only way through them is exactly that – THROUGH them – but it’s nice to find ways to create more ease, routine, and shortcuts where needed. To give you a little idea about how busy I am, I started out as a personal blogger/stay-at-home-mom of one, and have built my little business up, little by little. On a “normal” day, I wake up and provide breakfast for two kids, a dog, and a cat. Luckily, my husband tends to the 11 chickens and the kids and indoor pets if need be. Then I pack two lunches and do two school drop-offs. Somehow, I’m nearly always on time to the schools too!

Then, unless it’s winter, I will often go to a morning photo shoot, barely having breakfast first!

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I’ll come home after, with photos fresh in my camera, and start working on my other three jobs. My main job is as a social media influencer, and this one is consistent and requires diligence. I can ALWAYS find social media work to do or catch up on. I also have a part-time editing job, which requires more time and patience than I can muster without some of my hacks and tips throughout the day. My fourth job is only 1-3 times a year and it’s data entry. I’ve been doing it for eight years and I rather welcome the jobs as they come. They don’t leave a lot of time for life, though! This all requires balance.

At around noon, I eat lunch and then pick up my son from preschool or camp. We find adventures for a few hours.

At 3:00pm, during the school year, or around 4-5:00pm during the summer, I pick up my daughter from school, activities or camp. Late afternoon through dinnertime and until bedtime is a crazy busy time of day! Finally, when they’re both in bed or if my husband is home and with them, I do all my overflow work at night or even on weekends. It varies throughout the year, but even if you take out the FOUR jobs, life is pretty busy as is. That’s why I use these five ways to manage busy days.

Do you have a busy schedule ? Here are five ways we manage our busy family schedules. Our #1 tip is Phil, a prescription refill service! #PhilRx #Pmedia #ad

1 – Sign up for Phil. This saves me an incredible amount of time. What is Phil? It’s a prescription refill service that delivers your ongoing prescription medication right to your door! This is such an easy way to manage medications for you and your family. No more monthly trips to the pharmacy, and more time for YOU and your family!

Phil partners with top-rated, locally-owned pharmacies that are licensed by the Pharmacy Board, and these pharmacies will deliver your medications to you on time. They will also answer your questions over the phone, and THEY interact with doctors and insurance companies on your behalf – which saves you even more time! You refill medications on your own terms by scheduling when they arrive, ordering vacation refills, and more. This is a new service, quickly expanding to all 50 states.

Phil offers convenience. They offer door delivery and medication management – by troubleshooting insurance, calling your doctors and pharmacies, etc. Phil is essentially free for you to use – guaranteeing the same copay that you’re used to paying, as well as free shipping. And Phil works with community-based independent pharmacies that are high-rated for customer service. This is love, y’all. I can’t describe how easy it was to get set up with Phil, and to get my family’s medications so fast! Their #1 priority is to take the medication management burden off their customer. This gives you more time to work or be with family! If you’re not 100% satisfied, they’ll transfer you back to your old pharmacy. I am totally satisfied, though!

For first-time customers, Phil will pay up to $20 off your insurance copay, or $20 off the cost of the medication if you are uninsured, while supplies last.

Pretty helpful, right? My experience has been nothing but GREAT! Here are four other ways we manage busy schedules:

2 – Have a plan to your day. Write down your plan the night before, or set your alarm to wake up 20 minutes earlier than normal to map out your day. Having a plan makes it much easier to stick to that plan. Even if you plan for FUN!

Do you have a busy schedule ? Here are five ways we manage our busy family schedules. Our #1 tip is Phil, a prescription refill service! #PhilRx #Pmedia #ad

3 – Use time blocks. Do you have a variety of tasks to complete – some mundane and some not? I set aside blocks of time each day to complete tasks I do on a consistent basis. I do my best to stick to these times.

4 – Outsource! I can’t begin to describe the freedom that comes with outsourcing the tasks you really can’t or don’t have time to do, in favor of more important tasks (to you) and more time with family. I outsource with domestic tasks, with writing tasks, and with photography tasks too! It’s made me a happier and more balanced person!

5 – Don’t over-commit yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard. And, do make time for what matters most. Burn-out, exhaustion, and frustration will do nothing good in the long run. Take the time to take a breather and take care of YOU!

Do you have any helpful tips for managing busy schedules? I’d love to hear in the comments!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Phil, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PhilRx http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


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A Day in the Life: 5 Ways to Manage Busy Schedules — 9 Comments

  1. All great tips above and like you slowly learning about outsourcing, as well. It really has saved my sanity that much more in all honesty. Thanks for the other advice, especially learning about Phil and will have to try this one out now for all our prescription needs, too!

  2. I love this post. I’ve had a lot of trouble keeping it all together this year with work and the kiddos and our schedule. BTW, never heard of Phil, but I’m going to check it out.

  3. These are great! That Phil thing sounds like it could be very, very useful in my household. I am going to have to check that out.

    I really need to get better at blocking. Setting certain times for certain things has always been hard for me, but I do know it helps a lot of people!

  4. I think using time blocks is very smart! I like having a general plan and using a planner. Everything gets written down in the planner. Everything. I schedule what I need to do onto a specific day. I find I have a better chance to tackling something if I’ve taken the time to consider which day has the bandwidth for me to work on in. If it doesn’t get done, I “reschedule” it to another day before I go to bed.

  5. I need help in not overcommitting and learning to outsource/delegate. I love the idea of time blocks! One coaching mentor stressed the idea of office hours, especially for free lancers, and whenever I slide away from those office hours, I can tell. My days suffer!

  6. I felt like things would get less busy once the kids were on their own – but for some reason that hasn’t happened. Or maybe I’m just old and tired? Who knows. I’m constantly working on managing my schedule better.

  7. I’ve never heard of Phil before but don’t think I’ll ever need to have it but you just never know. BTW my days sounds just as hectic as yours since I also have a pre-schooler on my hand. 🙂

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