Great Time Savers To Help You
You may be wondering why time savers are important. It's because time is one thing that everyone always has and always will have the same amount of. You have 24 hours just like everyone else. How you choose to use it however, can really set you apart.
The key to good time management is planning. Learn to be the proactive type instead of reacting to problems as they come up. Check out these time savers to make the most of the 24 hours you have each day.
- Prepare the night before. This is one of the best time savers out there. Especially if you’re not a morning person. Although you may take the same amount of time to do this at night as in the morning, it’s usually less stressful when you’re not on a schedule.
Go through your morning routine and pick things that can be done ahead of time. Things like choosing your outfit complete with accessories, setting out grooming items, preparing dry goods for breakfast or at least planning what you’ll have and getting the coffee maker ready to go.
If you like to sleep later, you could even shower the night before and save that time in the morning.
- Move the alarm clock across the room. If you’re prone to hitting the snooze button repeatedly this will help. Since you’ll have to get up to turn it off, you’ll save those few extra minutes you would have spent lying in bed thinking about getting up.
- Listen to the weather and traffic reports. Getting the weather report the night before allows you to plan ahead and allow extra commute time if it’s rainy. Listening to the traffic reports before you leave and on your way to work or school will allow you to plan your route according.
These time savers can not only reduce your stress but will cause your commute to be safer as well.
- Make deposits and pay bills only twice per month. When you receive most bills, you’ll usually have at least two weeks before they’re due. This will save time waiting in bank lines or at the post office.
Even better time savers are setting up direct deposit with your employer and paying your bills online. Since there’s no cost to do this, not only will this save lots of time but it’ll save postage expenses as well.
- If you work during the day, shop on your lunch hour. You can pick up any non-perishable items during this time and avoid have to stop on your way home when stores tend to be busier. If you pack your lunch the night before, you’ll save even more time by not having to stop and eat.
- If your schedule allows, shop during the morning. Most stores tend to be slowest during these times and gradually getting busier throughout the day. You can be in and out in a fraction of the time.
- Keep a running grocery and supply list. Place a dry erase board on your refrigerator and list items that are running low. This way you won’t waste time wandering the supermarket aisles. Only go down the aisles you need to.
Also try to consolidate your shopping trips to once or twice per week. If you keep a list and replace items before they run out this shouldn’t be a problem.
- Combine errands into one trip. If you have an appointment, try to schedule other errands before or after. This way you’re not constantly driving to and from home.
- Have two hampers to sort laundry. This is one of the great time savers. Train everyone in your home to place clothes in the correct hamper. Then, when it’s time to do laundry, simple empty the hamper and wash.
You can also save time by loading the machine and washing clothes before you prepare dinner. By the time you’re finished eating, they’ll be ready to dry.
- Cook large meals and eat leftovers. This way you won’t have to cook every night. Buying and cooking in bulk will also save money.
- Get plenty of sleep. This may sound like more of a waste of time but when you get proper rest, you operate more efficiently. Of all the time savers, this is the most easily overlooked.
Everyone needs different amounts of sleep. Obviously children and teenagers need more than adults. However, the average adult needs between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of sleep each day. Most teens need between 8.5 and 9 hours and children typically need anywhere from 15.5 to 16.5 hours for newborns to 10 to 11 hours for older kids.
Hopefully these time savers can help you make more efficient use of one of your most precious commodities – your time. By learning to use your time wisely you’ll find you’re less stressed and much happier overall allowing you to make better decisions about your life.
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