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Managing Other People's Time in Your Home Life

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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If you know how to communicate well there will be little that you won’t be able to get others to do. Understanding the importance of building good relationships with the people you share your life with will help you improve your time management and achieve impressive results. Working with others to achieve shared goals will create a time management structure that can work for everyone involved.

There are many ways of influencing other people to take more control of the way they manage time doing chores and tasks in the home. Suggesting a timetable, reward system or similar may help to coax children to help around the home more readily. Adults will be more able to understand the rewards of free time that will suddenly become available, once jobs are prioritised. Clearly communicating your desires will set the ball rolling.

Relationship Building

Good communication is a vital element every relationship should possess. It requires time and effort to build a relationship but having an open, honest communication exchange will enable your relationship to go from strength to strength. Listening, sharing and working together can help you resolve any issues, problems or dilemmas. Hearing what is said is not the same as listening however, so make sure you know the difference.

How to Build a Relationship

  • Listen
  • Communicate openly.
  • Share and work together to achieve resolution or shared goal.


Knowing how to prioritise and plan will enable you to take charge of your day. Encouraging others to do the same may be easier said than done however. With a little perseverance working to a timetable or an agenda will become second nature to those who generally muddle their way through the day. Supporting them through the change will enable them to see the value in your way of thinking, as well as the difference it makes to the chores, jobs and tasks that have to be regularly dealt with. Clear communication will define your goal and help others achieve positive results.

How To Prioritise

  • Plan your day, task or chores in the order of importance.
  • When it comes to asking others for help a little perseverance goes a long way.
  • Communicate clearly.


To delegate well you must be willing to relinquish complete control of the task you are about to give someone else to do. It will do you no favours to keep checking the task is being done in the manner you would do it. All that does is create further work for you and less for the person you have given the responsibility to. Letting others take charge of certain tasks shows you have belief in their abilities, and frees up some of your valuable time.

How to Delegate

  • Communicate your request and relinquish control of the task.
  • Stand back and allow others to complete the task you have requested.
  • Offer support and understanding.

Getting Your Own Way

Visualising the outcome of an event will help you focus on the resolution your want to achieve – whether that is asking someone for help, support or something in particular. Feeling positive about the way you communicate this message will ensure your delivery of the request is accepted with good grace. Asking in a polite, expectant manner will engage the other person in open communication, and will leave room for negotiation, should you need it.

How to Get Your Own Way

  • Visualise a positive outcome.
  • Feel positive and communicate clearly.
  • Engage in open communication and await your desired result.

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