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#16 – AUTOMATE
Along with #15 (DELEGATE), automation can be a really effective way to save time each week.
Whether you start paying bills by direct debit, record your TV, use a slow cooker, or automate in some other way – you will save loads of time without even trying!
#17 – DECLUTTER YOUR SCHEDULE
We tend to carry on doing things week in week out because that’s what we’ve always done. We start to become blind to what can be changed.
Simply take a look at your diary and be critical. Can you get rid of anything completely, can you reduce the frequency of what you are doing?
#18 – PLAN CLOTHES THE NIGHT BEFORE
It can be a waste of valuable time in the morning to pick what to wear then. What makes it worse is when you need something that actually needs ironing or washing!
If you plan what to wear the night before, you can save lots of time each morning as a result.
#19 – PLAN YOUR DAY
If you sit down the night before and plan out the following day, you can see what time you have and what you need to get done, and plan your day accordingly.
#20 – SAY ‘NO’ MORE
Often we find it easier to say Yes to someone as we don’t want to offend or seem unhelpful. But it really can be useful to learn to say NO even just a little more.
It’s not selfish to protect your time – you only get a set amount each week so you want to make the most of it!
#21 – SHARE LIFTS FOR THE KIDS
Your children may have lots of after school activities, which can be time draining to say the least.
Why not look to share the load with other parents? If you are both doing the same trip, then you may as well alternate taking the children and save time each week as a result.
#22 – SET A TIMER
We always tend to take the time we have to do a job – whether that be a minute or an hour! – so why not maximise this by setting a timer and racing yourself to get things done!
#23 – SHOP ONLINE
I’ve mentioned shopping for food as a separate point, but most of your shopping can now be done online.
You can buy homeware, beauty products, tickets, holidays etc…. without leaving your sofa – and save a LOT of time walking around the shops as a result.
#24 – QUESTION WHAT YOU ARE DOING
When doing anything – start to question whether you really need to be doing it at all – or is it just habit?
#25 – ONE POT MEALS SAVE WASHING UP TIME
They are easy to prepare, and save a lot of clearing up time as well
#26 – GROUP FRIENDS TOGETHER
It’s always so nice to meet up with friends, but meeting each one takes time. As such, why not go out with a group of friends instead – it saves time as you get to see everyone at once, and you may have even more fun!
#27 – BUY PRESENTS WHEN YOU SEE THEM
How many times have you been at the shops or shopped online only to see the PERFECT gift for someone and think you’ll come back and get that nearer their birthday?
Why not just buy things there and then – you’ll save so much time as you’re already there, and you don’t have to think it all through again when the time comes.
#28 – AVOID RUSH HOUR
Wherever possible try and schedule things so that you don’t have to travel in rush hour. This alone can save time queueing each day.
#29 – CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
Make your mornings habit with a routine and you’ll be able to run on autopilot and get things done more quickly – which leads me on nicely to…
#30 – CREATE AN EVENING ROUTINE
… saves time in exactly the same way as your morning routine does!
Halfway there now – have you seen any tips that you hadn’t thought of before? Do you have any tips that you haven’t seen as yet?
Maybe they’ll appear very soon…..