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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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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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scheduleOut of time? Is this a familiar situation for you? Are you trying to squeeze a little bit of extra time out of a schedule that seems to make your daily planner look like a Rosetta Stone? In that case, you might benefit from taking a little time to plan ahead.

Plan ahead? You’re widening your eyes with disbelief. How is thinking about something you’re going to do able to save you time? Doesn’t that really extend the length of the activity you had planned by adding the amount of time you thought about doing it too?

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