This is my most important step in time management. Get your family on board and stop over committing yourselves.
If you have an Iphone, share your “home” calendar with your spouse and kids.
How to make an iCloud calendar public on your iPhone or iPad
Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on the Calendars button on the bottom navigation.
Tap on the Info button to the right of the calendar that you'd like to make public.
Scroll down and turn On the option for Public Calendar.
Tap on Share Link... to share the calendar with others.
Once you do this, you can schedule events such as birthday parties, soccer games, school plays, etc. They show up in your shared calendar, once you start doing this your spouse can see what is going on, from there you can plan your weeks accordingly without over committing or double booking. This has been life changing for my family, so start doing this ASAP!
The family schedule is just the beginning of managing your time effectively. Once you figure this out, you can then start using your phone calendar to schedule your “sticky note” items with an actual day and time. The trick here is to allot enough time to get whatever it is done. For example: if you have to go to the vet on Tuesday at 2pm, but you also have to meet with your accountant that day, don’t schedule your second meeting at 2:30pm, you know that the vet will take longer than 30 minutes, not to mention the drive time to get from the vet to your accountants office.
Notice in my example schedules below that I have planned my workouts, also notice the different colors of events ( Green events= clients, Blue events= errands, Red events= shared calendar). Your schedule may look different than mine but the concept is the same, after all, we all have the same amount of hours in the day.