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The Super Secrets of Smart Schedulers

smartscheduler.jpg"For mothers, it's incredibly important to be smart schedulers. If they aren't, they are not going to get anything accomplished," says Jackie Hale, founder of the Web site Between Friends: Time Tips for Busy Moms, which has been helping the time-crunched since 1999.

To be savvy at scheduling, Hale says you must first define your personality type. "Remember the fable of the 'Tortoise and the Hare,' and their race to the finish line?" asks Hale. Which are you? "How much you accomplish in a day is really about your energy level and the manner in which you expend it."

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By Linda Frahm

"For mothers of young children, it's incredibly important to be smart schedulers. If they aren't, they are not going to get anything accomplished," says Jackie Hale, founder of the Web site Between Friends: Time Tips for Busy Moms, www.betweenfriends.org, which has been helping the time crunched since 1999.

To be savvy at scheduling, Hale says you must first define your personality type. "Remember the fable of the 'Tortoise and the Hare,' and their race to the finish line?" asks Hale. Which are you? "How much you accomplish in a day is really about your energy level and the manner in which you expend it." If you are a hare, you probably get a lot done in a day. The good news is that tortoises can be productive, too. "I'm a tortoise," admits Hale. "Thinking about all I should do overwhelms me and leads me to do not much at all. I know if I schedule every moment of my day from sun up to sun down, I'm not going to follow that schedule for very long." Add young children to that equation and the daily agenda gets really dicey, because there are so many distractions.

After figuring out your personality type, the next step is to decide what you want to accomplish. For a tortoise to be successful, you may need to break down bigger tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. "Instead of promising to clean all of your kitchen cupboards, plan to clean out one at a time. In just a few weeks, your entire kitchen will be completed," says Hale. She also advises keeping the to-do list short to avoid burn out. "What's important is that you find your own rhythms and function within them," she says. "Regardless of whether you see yourself as the hare or the tortoise, remember that at the end of the story, both of them finished the race and ultimately that's all that matters."
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