- self-trust with regard to their own decision-making skills
- interpersonal trust with family members.
It can be difficult to move forward if you don’t trust yourself or the people who matter most to you. Change is not easy, but stagnation is neither energizing nor motivating. It is time to break the cycle of mistrust.
Five trust-building steps
- Be consistent: Make the commitment to be consistent when you establish an organizing or time-management system. If something has to be done on a daily basis, do it. Routines are habit forming when you are consistent. And when you are consistent, you are reliable and your family will learn to trust your decisions because they know that you will follow through on your promises.
- Set an example: Being a leader in your family means setting an example, no matter how hard is.
- Tell the truth: Admit to yourself and to your family when things are not going as planned with new systems. Just because you started with plan A doesn’t mean you can’t make adjustments or changes. It’s OK for children to see that grown-ups are comfortable making mistakes and are willing to make changes to improve things.
- Find value in each family member: Identify each family member’s organizing and time-management strengths. Be open to asking for and accepting help and advice. Family unity and trust is built when everyone feel valued.
- Untie the apron strings: Be there to guide and help when an organizing or time-management system is set up and avoid micromanaging once everything is running as smoothly as possible. Trust that you have instilled in your children the ability to trust themselves and their decision-making and execution skills.
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[This article, Family Organization and Time Management: 5 Steps to Build Trust, was originally published by Time Timer.]
Stress, frustration, disillusionment, and disappointment are the costs of inconsistency that people pay when they say, “I’ll do it later,” “I’ll do it when I can,” “It’s too much to do now,” and “I don’t have time to do it.”
As a professional organizer and productivity consultant, I am quickly able to assess a space and organize it for maximum usage and efficiency. I can identify and recommend the most appropriate storage and organizing solutions based on functionality and a client’s needs. However, the true test of my success in a space comes when clients are easily able to implement the time-management strategies that are an integral part of maintaining newly organized spaces and systems.
In the home: A large laundry hamper overflowing with clothes and clothes in various stages of dirty and clean in piles all over the house.
Client’s time-management challenge: Never enough time to do laundry.
- A smaller laundry hamper that holds only one load of laundry.
- A timer that the client sets when she starts the washing process. The washer and dryer are at the back of the house and the timer reminds her when it is time to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer or to take the clothes out of the dryer.
Why these solutions work for this client:
When the client sees the laundry hamper is full, she puts the laundry into the washing machine. When the laundry has been washed and dried, she is quickly able to put the clothes away as there is not a dauntingly large mountain of clothing.
Client’s review: “I had no idea that replacing my large laundry hamper with one that holds a single load of laundry would solve my time-management and laundry problems!”
Time management take-aways
- Use visual reminders: The client has a visual reminder of when the laundry has to be done: when she sees the new hamper is full, she knows it is time to do the laundry. Her organizing rule is “No overflowing hampers allowed!” The client isn’t overwhelmed by having to do multiple loads of laundry that were previously contained in the large hamper.Break tasks into smaller manageable chunks of time. The client can put the laundry into the washer/dryer when she gets home from work and by the time she has put her children to bed, she can quickly fold and put away
- Break tasks into smaller manageable chunks of time. The client can put the laundry into the washer/dryer when she gets home from work and by the time she has put her children to bed, she can quickly fold and put away the load of clothing. Doing the laundry is broken up into a chunk of time for each step.Set a timer. Timers help you keep track of time. When things are busy at home or at work and you are distracted, a visual and auditory reminders help you keep on task.
- Set a timer. Timers help you keep track of time. When things are busy at home or at work and you are distracted, a visual and auditory reminders help you keep on task.