It's a rare day that I don't fall into bed thinking about how busy the day was. I sometimes ask, what am I doing wrong? But when I talk to friends, they all say the same thing: life is busy, it's impossible to get everything done!
I refuse to accept this. There must be ways to save time and still enjoy life without it running us all ragged. So I polled some friends and got some great ideas. Then I tried them out. Read on to find out which tips worked for me - and can work for you too!
How do you save time? Tell us for the chance to win a $50 gift card to either Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts (winner's choice!) and a cute kitchen timer. Plus, submit an easy recipe for a bonus prize. If we use your recipe in an upcoming blog post, we'll send you a $25 Amazon gift card to say thanks!
Most experts say that if you are doing two things at the same time, you are not doing either of them well. I beg to differ. On tasks when my brain runs on autopilot, I'm much more efficient when I multitask. For example...
Make a boring chore fun and you'll want to get to it, like ironing while binge-watching TV or cleaning the bathroom while listening to a podcast.
Exercise with a friend: you'll be getting healthier and finding out the latest gossip. Schedule in a weekly time on your calendar and you'll be more likely to stick with it.
Use waiting time, like your train-commute or your kid's gymnastics class, to cross a few things off your to-do list, That quiet time is perfect for finding dinner recipes, ordering groceries online, or doing vacation research. Alternatively, save that time to catch up on social media, and then resist checking your Facebook feed the rest of the day.
Plan for the unpacking while you are shopping: When unloading groceries from your cart to the conveyor belt at checkout, group them in order of where they go in the house, so they get bagged in that order (dairy together, fruit together etc). Then the groceries are easier to unpack when you get home.
Reminder: My kitchen timer gets a lot of use, but not just for cooking. It's the perfect way to remind me to get things done. For example, I put it on when I throw in a load of laundry so I don't forget to put the wet clothes in the dryer.
Deadline: Timers are also a good way to create an artificial deadline, like when I'm going through the pile of papers my kids brought home from school. I just put on the timer and try to get it all done in 5 minutes - it forces me to make decisions more quickly and keep me focused.
Note: Make sure the timer is in another room and doesn't stop beeping until you manually turn it off. Is it annoying? Definitely. But does it force me to stop what I am doing and change the laundry? Yes.
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I TOTALLY get the writing it down. I have to make a new list of things I have to do every time I do something on the list otherwise I can't concentrate. My friends say I have OCD i say I'm just organized. I've tried writing different things in different colors but that just makes me really nervous for some reason. I don't know, but I really liked this post.
Make a to do list and make the last thing a reward. The only way to get to the reward, (ie bottle of wine, snack) is to finish the to do list.
I save time by planning my days as much in advance as possible to make sure all chores get done as needed
I write down the night before what I need to do the next day. When I make dinner I make more than we need for the night and then I freeze the rest for another dinner.
Always use a calendar or reminder app on your phone. It is a big help to remember appt and events.
make a to do list for tomorrows things to get done and in list them in order of when you have time to accomplish. It may be 3 10 minute things you can do while the coffee makes etc.
I need to write everything down or I will most likely forget 😂
I try to combine tasks.
Easy recipe--grab some chopped veggies from the salad bar or last. Ights leftovers and add it to scrambled eggs. Sprinkle some cheese on top.
Make life easier buy buying a pack of good pens in cute colors (mine are inkjoy gel). No more trying five before you find one that works! Plus they are fun to use so signing the kids papers feels a little more fun.
Share the chores instead of trying to do too much myself.
My tip is save money by using resources around the home. I made a new desk for my business from my flat screen Tv box and it works great.
Create reminders on my phone!
Life is easier when I'm organized! I keep a calendar, keep papers filed so I don't waste time looking for them, and always try to keep good time management!