Your caregiving task list may feel completely out of control and that can leave you feeling even more frustrated. Getting that list under control can be easier than you think, though.
Get All Your Tasks out of Your Head
The first step in prioritizing your list is to get all the tasks out of your head and onto some paper. Write everything down, no matter how small the task is. If your brain is using up processing power thinking about the task often, it needs to be written down.
Determine Some Categories
Categories are going to help you to see quickly how important a task is. You might pick the traditional “urgent and important,” “urgent but not important,” and “not important and not urgent,” or you might pick different ones according to your situation. You might also want to pick a “delegated” category. The point is to go ahead and choose categories that work for you.
Location Can Matter, Too
Some of the tasks on your list might be ones you need to do in a certain place. For instance, there might be tasks you need to do online or the next time that you run errands. Having subcategories can help you to determine when is the best time to deal with certain tasks.
Match Tasks to Categories
Once you’ve got your categories, it’s time to start matching up tasks with each category. Tasks that you know you’re going to delegate then only need to be matched up with someone who can handle them for you. Tasks that are urgent and important, or similar according to your category system, need to be handled right away.
Pick Three Tasks
People tend to think that they can do a lot more in a day than they really are able to do. This is something that caregivers especially wrestle with, though, because there’s so much to do. When you go to your list to pick tasks to do, limit yourself to three at first. If you finish those three tasks, you can grab another from the list. You can’t try to finish everything in one day without running yourself ragged.
Taking the time to prioritize your list is going to make you a much more efficient caregiver. You’ll be able to delegate tasks and see at a glance what still needs to be done. This is an especially helpful process if you believe you’re one of those people who can never get organized.
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Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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