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Time Management for Caregivers

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Time Management for Caregivers

By Carol Bradley Bursack, AgingCare.com

Don’t let the title scare, you, folks. I’m not presenting a “system” here. Personally, I’ve never seen a chart or graph designed to help me organize my life that I didn’t intentionally ignore. “Systems” designed by experts never seems to consider my life or personality. They seemed like cardboard cutouts, made for some dream life. Textbook examples often don’t take real life into account. My response to most “systems” would be a quiet, internal, “You are not me.”

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That being said, tips and thoughts from people whose lives have closely mirrored mine, in at least some aspects, have been generally welcome. I like stories. I like knowing how people make their lives work. If ideas are presented to me that way, I feel the flexibility of personalities and lifestyles blending, and that makes suggestions sound less like demands that I “shape up” and act like other people. I can then assimilate the story, take what works for me and ignore the restóguilt free.

So, please take my suggestions in that manner. I’ve discussed some ideas with other caregivers, including those who care for elders and one man who cares for a child with disabilities. Our time management techniques aren’t that different. When we care for vulnerable people, we are all much alike.

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Time Management Strategies for Caregivers originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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8:33PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Lots of good points. Thanks.

7:26AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Well written article this. I think it can be summarised down to a much briefer concept, as seen in the way the most successful people are that way: Manage your activities, because you cannot manage time!
For more help on this, let me know how you need helping.

Cheers, John Holder _ profitgrowthmarketingacademy

5:01AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I love the "can do" attitude of the people on this website. I agree 101% percent with what was said in this article. No system will ever suit one person, because each and everyone is unique. There's no personal life taken into account when they make these kind of systems.

It all boils down to how well you can manage your time yourself, no help from outside. You know yourself better than everyone else, so there's obviously, no one better that that to tell you how you should organize your time.

I warmly recommend this article as well: http://www.thinkbasis.com/blog/2011/design/two-secrets-to-liberate-your-time-and-life.html. I'm on a "time-management diet" so to speak, as well.

I feel like 24 hours per day are never enough, and even when I look back on how they were spent, I can't say for sure that I made all the right decisions...but I'll eventually get better at it.

Thanks very much for the article.

4:35AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

xx

12:31AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Appreciate the pep talk but I hope you didn't really toss out food or make up. Please take to a homeless or disabled shelter, thrift shop, church, fundraising garage sale, or .... If you don't have time and energy, please ask a community-minded friend or neighbor to do it. Or call the shelter/thrift store and request a pick up.

Also there are pharmacies that deliver - which can be really helpful during crunch times.

If there are times I an tempted to not take care of myself, I just rememenber the lecture they give before every plane takes-off--put on your own oxygen mask first, then help your child or traveling companion. Doing things to keep myself healthy and sane is "putting on my oxygen mask first", so I can keep helping others into the future.

11:56PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thank you for this article.

9:43PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks--appreciated

9:01PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:26PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Tia

1:50PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thanks. This is great info.

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