How many of you feel like time literally vanishes every day? Maybe you have a big chunk of free time and you hope to cross off a lot of items on your to-do list and before you know it dinner rolls around and you have no idea where the entire day just went. I can definitely relate to this more and more often and it gets extremely frustrating when you aren’t accomplishing what you should be in a set amount of time. Now with technology surrounding our every move, from computers to Ipads to cell phones and tablets, it is really hard to focus on one task at a time without being disrupted. There are definitely time-saving tips everywhere you look, but it is a matter of being committed and more mindful of your time. Sometimes it is simply a matter of reminding yourself regularly to stay focused on one task at a time and tracking your time day by day. Do you have any idea what takes up the majority of your time? Are you aware of time zappers when they creep up on you? This week is all about being more mindful with your time and finding time where you think there isn’t any.
1.Using social media sites
I am sure many of you have experienced going on to Facebook to check a status update and then looking up and realizing 45 minutes have passed. Social media sites have a way of pulling you in and not letting go. Create a rule for yourself that you will go to a site for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the end of the day. This will save you a lot of wasted time.
2. Grocery shopping
I remember growing up my Mom used to go to the store every single day to shop for that evenings dinner. That took up a lot of her time! Many times you might find yourself running to the store 2-3 times a week to get items you simply forgot the first time. If you want to save yourself time every week, plan ahead. Over the week-end, get out recipe cards or go on-line and print out recipes for the entire week with a grocery list attached. You will then shop once a week and be prepared for meals every night instead of stressing last minute about what you are going to cook.
3. Cleaning the house
Did you ever start to scrub the sink which then turned into a 3 hour long cleaning frenzy? Or you clean a little every day throughout the week? Cleaning will fill your time if you allow it. My husband and I have a method that we have been doing for years. We pick a set time, which for us is early Sunday mornings, we each have our specialties (yes for me it is cleaning bathrooms) and we get to work. The laundry, floors, dusting, bathrooms and kitchen is clean within an hours time. Our kids are old enough to pitch in now and so it is a family affair. We get it done and we don’t have to worry about it during the week. Huge time saver.
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