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We are often heard saying we wish we had more time. But when you lead a busy lifestyle with family, friends, work and more, it isn’t easy. It’s not necessarily having more time, but it’s all about being able to manage your time effectively. Some people seem to be born able to implement ways to save time effortlessly. Me? Nope! The rest of us need a little help in that area.
Do you find yourself looking for more time – panicking and rushing around more often than not? Then some ways to save time tips may help you get it together. Have more time to be able to do the things that you enjoy rather than chores and tasks that aren’t so much fun. First tip, an excellent way to start this is to reward yourself when you have ticked off some items on your to-do list. Quite often, we can get distracted by the things we enjoy. If you use an incentive for completing a task, you feel much better about yourself and should be much more productive.
When we think about shopping, some of us think about the fun type of shopping where You have all the time in the world, and can browse the shops as you please. But not all of us enjoy shopping when it comes to essential items. A weekly grocery shop can become a real chore. By the time you get yourself ready to go to the shop, get there, and get back, it takes a lot of time. There are plenty of supermarkets that offer delivery services, and for the cost of delivery versus the time and energy it takes to do the shop, it’s well worth your while. Don’t want to pay the delivery fee? There are a couple groceries stores in my town that offer online ordering and select a pickup time. It still takes time to drive to the store but is much faster to select my groceries online than having to walk through the entire store hunting for the items on my list. This helps avoiding the extra stress and time it takes to do the shopping. Of course, it isn’t for everyone. Some people really enjoy shopping for food every week and want to check things like produce in person. But if you are looking to save a bit of time, and you really don’t enjoy shopping, this is a great way to allocate your time for other things. Online shopping isn’t usually about groceries though, right? There are sites such as Amazon, where you can pick up pretty much anything you need to be delivered to your door, usually within a day or two. There are sites that are dedicated to specific products as well such as pet supplies, office supplies, and more. You can even source your vape supplies online now. You really hardly ever need to visit a shop(although I do like shopping in store for certain things).
Avoid social media
Social media is a drain on your time, you log in just to check on a friend, and you find yourself 35 Memes and 25 videos later wondering where that hour went. It’s like a time warp, right?! Social media can be an excellent tool for entertainment and keeping in touch with people you love. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get distracted, especially when you have other things that you should be doing. Wait until you’ve ticked your to-do list off before picking up Facebook or Twitter. Or take a tea/coffee break occasionally and keep to those times for checking on social media what’s going on. It’s also easy to get into long drawn out discussions in Facebook groups that really doesn’t serve you and might cause anxiety. Try and cut back on wasting time in this way. You could even set yourself some constraints around social media. Try only using social media when you have finished all morning chores for example. Another option is allow yourself to use social media only at certain times of the day. There are also some apps that limit the amount of time that you are allowed to use social media. Whatever works for you is the right way to go about not being hooked on social media and letting it suck up all the 1440 minutes of your day.
Routine is the leading path to good organization, staying on top of things and ways to save time. Get yourself into an excellent habit that you find it easy to follow and work for you. Then you will find you have a lot more available time on your hands. This even boils down to when you shower, what times you cook meals, and who in the household is responsible for which jobs. This is quite a big one if there’s more than one of you in your home, then you have extra pairs of hands to help you work through the chores. My kids know that every day they have to put away dishes and weekly we have a house cleaning day. I even make them bring all of their dirty clothes to the laundry room. It doesn’t take much time at all but somehow seems to save me an hour each day. They know if they don’t bring clothes to the laundry room they won’t have clean cloths. It’s a great incentive for them. You can incentivise specific tasks in other ways too like chore charts and rewarding points each time one is completed each day or week. You may find that if you have children, they will want the prize for completing the jobs on the list. There is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, and reward charts and incentives work well in this. Plus, this helps cut down them asking for everything at the store because now they can use their chore money to purchase items. Teamwork is always the way to success both for you and other people in your household.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. That’s precisely true for so many things in life big and small. If you know that you need sandwiches made for work tomorrow, then get them done at night and have ready to save you time in the morning. This is something that is easily achieved while cooking dinner, for example. You can multitask and end up with extra time further down the line. Even ironing your clothes the night before or batch cooking at the beginning of the work week, will find you valuable hours that you might not have had otherwise. Don’t be afraid to over-prepare, because you will thank yourself further down the line when you’re running out of time, and you find you have prepared everything you need.
Most people tend to manage their money in different ways, and some people do prefer to sit and pay the bills manually every month or week. On the other hand, having a direct debit set up, or a standing order, will help you save time and keep track of your finances, and save you having to call up once you’ve received a bill. Quite often, setting up your payments this way will save you money as many companies give discounts on direct debit payments. It’s a simple but effective time saving tip that will keep you sane occasionally so you will not miss payments which will also save you money.
Of course, these are only some small tips for ways to save time. There are so many ways to save minutes here and there through your day. It can add up over time. Do you have any tips or tricks for this? I’d love to hear them(I need all the help I can get! LOL) Comment below with any time saving times below.