Archive for the “Daily Routine” Category

fast-foodDo you need to try to set the new Guiness World Record for most McDonald’s Apple Pies in 1 minute? Not really, you can still enjoy your food normally and still get a bit of your time back.

Most individuals receive a 30 minute or 1 hour lunch during the course of a workday. This can easily be eaten up in the commute to a restaurant or while waiting for food to arrive.

Select locations that are close to where you work or with relatively fast preparation times (like fast food restaurants).

Another way to save time and possibly some money is to pack a lunch from home. Not exactly glamorous to brownbag it, but when you have an extra 15-45 minutes for your lunch break, you can find other activities to enjoy besides eating

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watching-clock-tallEach of us has three basic resources: time, energy, and money.

One thing that helps me save time is to become more conscious of time. There are a number of ways to do this:

1) Work on budgeting your time, just as you would budget your money. Try tracking your time for a while. If you are easily distracted, then, start writing down the time whenever you go into “distraction mode.” (This can be web-surfing, calling friends, watching TV, whatever your escape is.) Then write down the time when you stop.

You can use a timer for this, too, but the extra step of writing down your starting and stopping times is important.

Then see if you can find ways to cut down the amount of time you spend being distracted. Read the rest of this entry »

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procedureThe best time saving advice I can think of is to create small systems for all of the mundane things you have to do.

These systems should suit your personality. For example, if you are a person who is easily distracted by clutter (who isn’t) and the most important thing for you to do to stay away from stress is to clear the clutter, then make a list of clutter rules for yourself. They can be prioritized so you can make a snap decision on the go!

A First Priority might be dirty dish clutter, because of the leftover food, whereas laundry in someone’s bedroom might be a Third Priority. If you only have ten minutes you have the decision made for you; all of the First Priority stuff goes ahead of anything else.

This kind of thinking will help you use your time wisely and lower your stress level by taking the decision making part and making it simple. Don’t worry, it will all get done when the time is right. The point is to be able to walk by, make a split decision and do the work so that you can move on to some that you really like to do.

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drivingIt is possible to save yourself a great deal of time when you are driving if you just take a bit of time earlier to do the right planning and analyzing.

First of all, you can use online mapping programs or regular print maps to determine the shortest routes to the places that you wish to drive to. This will remove a lot of guesswork from the process. Also, it might not hurt to do a dry run ahead of time if you can possibly manage it. Read the rest of this entry »

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planningTime saving is something that every one is interested in, and believe it or not with simple planning ahead you can save more time than you imagined. I know that not everyone is into planning or making lists, however if you do both of these not only will you save time you will also save money.

I plan all of my meals for the week ahead of time, make a list for the grocery store in the order of the store layout and sort my coupons the same way. This helps me to spend less time in the grocery store and results in me not purchasing things I do not need. Planning my meals also saves time every night when I am preparing them, I do not have to think about what I am going to cook, as it has already been planned out, all I need to do is to get the items together that I need in order to make the meal. Read the rest of this entry »

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morning-routineIf you and your sweetie have to both be up and out early in the morning every day, don’t crowd each other.

Take turns in the bathroom. While you’re in the shower he can be preparing breakfast and coffee for the two of you, and while he’s touching up his shave you can be preparing your lunches.

You can both come out ahead if you double up on the things you do to help each other out working as a team. If you have school age children, take a few minutes to pack lunches and gather books the night before.

Remember to take turns so that you both save time rather than one of you saving time and the other always ending up rushed and late!

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cashierA lot of students or people in the work force often need to go to a photocopy center (Kinkos, for exmaple), to get presentations/projects/personal work done in a short period of time. However, a lot of these places are a complete frenzy during the day and it’s often hard to get the attention you need. Once you factor in traffic, and parking, you end up wasting a lot of time on what could be efficient work time.

Here’s a tip that I love: Read the rest of this entry »

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errandsWhen gas prices were so high last fall, I found that I could cluster all of my weekend errands by geography. I have kept that up even as prices have come down because I found it so efficient. Here is a short summary of the process …

Think about the typical places you go – grocery, dry cleaning, post office, the local Hallmark store, pharmacy, bank, etc. Make sure that all of these locations are located in close proximity to your home and to each other. For example, I was still going to a pharmacy near my daughter’s middle school but she’s now in high school; I have no other reason to be near the middle school.

I then started to stock up and to plan for making that grocery trip just once per week. Read the rest of this entry »

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clothes-on-bedSaving time calls for organization. I fix my lunch and prepare my child’s lunch the night before so there is more time in the morning to prepare breakfast and get my child and myself ready for the day.

I organize my bag and paperwork to take to the office the night before as well as lay out my child’s bag and anything she needs to take to school the night before. I lay out my clothes including undergarments as well as my child’s clothes and undergarments so there is no time wasted on trying to decide what to wear. Read the rest of this entry »

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morningI am the queen of multi-tasking. Being a stay-at-home mom of two children, it is sometimes a challenge to find time to even do something as mundane as taking a shower. I do whatever I can to save a few minutes every day.

First of all, the greatest time saver for me is to get up before everybody else. I can usually load the dishwasher, get coffee brewing, and pack my husband’s lunch in about five minutes’ time—something which would take fifteen to twenty minutes during the day when the kids are up and about. Read the rest of this entry »

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