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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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.

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yogaIf you would love to workout out everyday but don’t have the time or energy then why not try a more moderate exercise like yoga?

Yoga is the perfect physical activity for anyone who just doesn’t have the time. Yoga can be done from your home, you can design your own routine to meet your time requirements and it costs a lot less than gym membership or at home gym equipment.

Now if you’re a beginner I don’t recommend practicing for the first few times on your own. You should take a few classes so that an expert can adjust your poses and you learn the pace and whether you are doing the poses correctly. But there are plenty of beginner podcasts and DVDs out there that can also gently familiarize you with the different poses.

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lunch-bagMy favorite time saving tip is to take premade lunches to work instead of purchasing my meal. I have found this makes me be more productive during the day, and I eat more healthy as well.

The first step is to create a shopping list for the week. Purchase all of the items you will need for the week.

The next step is to make the menu. When making your menu, think about what ingredients you need to use sooner so you do not lose any to spoiling. 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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closetThis may not seem like something that is going to save a lot of time, but believe me, if you try it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of doing it yourself a long time ago. My biggest and most effective time saving tip has to do with the way I organized the clothes in my bedroom closet.

It was a perpetual mess and I could never find the article of clothing I was looking for. It finally got out of hand a year ago Christmas, when I couldn’t find a favorite holiday vest that I knew was in there … somewhere!

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food-prep1My favorite time saving tip is to prepare most of my meals and snacks ahead of time. I grocery shop early in the morning on Saturdays. As soon as I get home, I start preparing most of the food my family will consume during the rest of the week.

I use a whole box of mix and freeze pancakes in individual stacks of three. I cut carrot and celery sticks and package them with small cups (available at any party supply store) of peanut butter and cream cheese. Read the rest of this entry »

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whiteboardWhether you are at work or home you’re probably a multi-tasker and need a system to track progress and prioritize: here’s the system I worked out based on years of working in book publishing.

I use a large, plain whiteboard as my monthly task canvas which is available for anyone on staff to see. In the margin I have color-coded Post-It notes and use a magic market to name the task: just name it at first such as “Annual Report for CEO”. The colors correspond to a general work area category. Green in “finance”, yellow is “manufacturing”, pink is “copywriting” and so forth. Nearly all Post-It notes start at the bottom of the whiteboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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crockpotA big time saver when it comes to cooking meals is using a crock pot. After working all day, no one really wants to fix a meal from scratch and frozen alternatives are often not the healthiest choices.

If you put 2-4 chicken breasts in a crock pot set on low, along with some carrots and potatoes and a little water or broth, you can come home to a nice, home cooked meal seasoned the way you like. You’ll also have leftovers for the next night, or lunch the next day.

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