BECOME A MULTI-TASKING MARVEL
Use every minute of your time in the best way – with these tips from women, and the Simply Her team’s pick of products that you can use in different ways.
Make use of products and ideas that help you save time, space and money.
“I’m meticulous about recording all my tasks, appointments and dates on my phone calendar. That way, I don’t have to worry that I might forget something. I also stick post-it notes on my wallet – where I won’t miss them – for really important things.” – May Poh, 44, systems analyst
“I do what I call ‘the fiveminute things’ first. These are small tasks that take less than half an hour, like working on my claims. Getting them out of the way allows me to focus on more important tasks. I also
give myself a buffer for interruptions. If I need four hours for a task at work, I’ll add a day to the schedule so I can rework it before submitting the
final copy.” – Deborah Nanayakara, 28, PR manager “My weekdays are packed with school runs, work, my Postgraduate Diploma in Education correspondence course, preparing lunch, and thrice-weekly touch training
sessions (similar to league rugby). Doing so many things means that not everything will meet my expectations, but I’ve learnt to let go and not
sweat the small stuff.” – Louise Lee, 28, teacher “I never let work and personal time eat into each other. At work, I focus wholly on work. When I teach zumba classes in the evenings, I focus on that. At home, my time belongs to my three kids. When they’re in bed, I fill out school forms, check their schoolwork, plan meals, and schedule therapy sessions for my middle child – who is mildly autistic. I focus on the task at hand.” – Eunice Lim, 39, marketing manager “When I’ve many things to tackle at once, I change my mindset to cope with, and even enjoy, the things I need to do. I often have to take my dad to hospital for his routine eye checkups or ferry my mum to her shopping. But I see it as a meaningful way to spend my time.” – Grace
Seet, 26, student “I use pockets of my time wisely. During lunch breaks on Mondays and Thursdays,
I teach pole dancing; on Wednesdays and Fridays, I run errands. After work, I head home to spend time with my two daughters until their bedtime at 9pm. Then, I leave to train with my
fellow pole-dance instructors.” – Valerie Teo,
39, marketing manager “Besides working, I study two nights a week. As I have no helper, I also look after my daughter and do
household chores. But multi-tasking doesn’t mean having to do everything myself – there’s nothing wrong in asking for help when I’m overwhelmed, so I can concentrate on what I’m working on.” – Polly Tan, 35, assistant manager