Everyday we are faced with hundreds of decisions, most are simple whereas others are a little bit more difficult to choose. Sometimes little things that are ok take up more time than stuff that would better fill our time. Time is such a precious commodity that it’s been one of the things I’ve been focusing on as I try to blog, be a mom and the host of other things that come along in life. So here are some of the things I’ve learned in how to maximize your time.
1. Get Organized. This can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming because when we think get organized, it usually means that everything in our home has a place and everything is spotless. When I say get organized, I mean find a way that works for you. If you have to have a physical planner to know when everything needs to happen, do it. If you have an app or a calendar on your phone, use them. And this isn’t only important for blogging but also for knowing when you need to get things done or if you need to pick up something for a birthday party. Planning ahead creates a little less stress than realizing last minute that you need to do something. Plus you won’t waste a ton of time trying to decide what the next thing is that you need to get done.
2. Use a timer. I know, I know. This is what everyone says. But you would be amazed at how much you really can get done in 15 minutes when you have a focused goal. Plus it’s universal for everything, i.e. housecleaning, time on the computer, exercise, etc. I like to use a timer when I am on Facebook, Twitter, etc. because I’m more focused on knowing what I need to get done rather than mindlessly surfing through everything. I get more done and I don’t have to feel guilty that I was on there too long.
3. Plan errands together. There are a lot of bonuses to this. A) You save gas which saves money. B) You save a ton of time. I have also found that if I get things done in the morning, as soon as stores open, I spend less time waiting in lines and am able to get to all the stores I need in a fraction of the time. Plus, with Little Roper, he doesn’t get as wiggly because we are only in stores for a few minutes. Part of this is affected by your organization too because if you know of all the things that you need for the day/week/month, you can save yourself on return trips by getting it all done at once.
4. Call ahead. Whether it’s your favorite restaurant or a prescription, call ahead if possible. The lines for these can always be longer than we want to spend so anything you can do to minimize that time will help you get to the things you would rather be doing.
5. Podcasts/Audiobooks. If you think you don’t have time to read, you’re wrong. Smartphones are equipped with all kinds of possibilities and one of the best things I’ve found is to use a Podcast app as well as an audiobook site. No matter what I’m doing I can be learning through these different methods which is a whole lot better than having a show on in the background (which is what I always did before). You can have it on in the car, when you work out and so many other instances.
These are just a few but make sure to come back soon as we feature ways to maximize craft time, cleaning time, and a few others!
How do you maximize your time everyday?
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