Doesn't it sometimes seem like the day is way shorter then twenty-four hours? Well, you are not alone. A heavy schedule can make the bright part of your day feel like it's no longer than the blink of an eye. And if that sounds quite familiar to you, then you might find some practical solutions in the following list of time-saving tips.
Win some time in the morning. You can achieve this by waking up 10 to 30 minutes earlier than usual. And not only that, but you have to actually get out of the bed earlier – otherwise it makes no sense. Leave the warm bed and crack on with your day!
Talking about meal times, there are a couple of clever things you can do. First of all, why not try to prepare a double amount of the food you would usually make? That would take roughly the same time, but you will end up having a few extra portions. You can freeze them, so that you're ready for when you don't have the time (or the mood) to cook. You can also put together a menu in the beginning of the week and you won't have to worry about meals every single day. And and if all else fails, you can simply order food online (choose a healthy option here, no fast food).
2. Pay utility bills online.
Additionally, you can make other payments using your computer or smartphone as well. Try to use any opportunity to pay for things online versus cash. This will also help you be your own accountant and keep all of the payment details together in your online banking account.
3. Be a realist when it comes to timing.
In many cases, your poor time-management skills can ruin your whole day, or at least a significant part of it. Stop flying high in the sky and learn how to be realistic about your busy schedule – just test different approaches until you're happy with the final result. And always leave some buffer time between meetings and errands.
4. Plan what clothes you'll wear each day of the week.
This may sound like an overkill at first, but it can be quite useful – just try it.
5. Ask for help.
Don't feel guilty or even worse – ashamed, when you're simply running out of time and need some assistance. Delegate one or more of your daily tasks to children and others family members.
6. Call professional cleaners.
Cleaning a double oven, barbecue and the whole kitchen can be a tremendous, time-consuming procedure. Moreover, you need to do this regularly for long hours if you want to maintain a proper hygiene at home. Let cleaning specialists take care of the kitchen chores and make some time for the truly important things in life.
7. Learn to say “no”.
Saying no is essential in terms of managing time. Unless it's an important family gathering or celebration for the anniversary of a close friend, you should feel free to give a negative answer to an invitation.