I don’t know about you, but since becoming an adult I feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day. How are we supposed to fit everything we need to do in one day? After a day at work, going to the gym (or other activity), cooking dinner, preparing our lunch for the next day and some of us dealing with the little ones… when do we have time to do other things and still get a good night’s sleep? Like reading a book, drawing, meeting up with friends, watching a new series… Wouldn’t it be great if could just get 2 or 3 extra hours?! What if I told you there is a way we can get those extra hours!
Time management is probably the hardest type of management out there. Unlike other things we can manage, therefore “control”, time will not just sit around and wait for us. If we don’t hop on the Time Management wagon and do what it takes to stay on it, it will leave without us. In other words, once time has gone by, we can’t get it back. But there is a way of making the most of it. Today I’m teaming up with Jord Watches, that kindly sent me this gorgeous wooden watch, to give you all my time saving tips.
Get up early
If you have a 9 to 5 job, you might think you already get up early enough. However, getting up a little earlier will allow you to get some things done before you go to work. Things you will no longer have to do when you get home. Giving you extra time for other things. For instance getting up 1h to 30mins before your usual waking up time will allow you to put those clean clothes away, do the dishes, work out or tidy up. I’m not saying this is easy, but it can be done. And you will get used to it!
There are many thing we get prepare ahead to same time. For instance some swear by main preping for instance. If preparing all your meals for the week on a Sunday is a bit over the top for me, it could suit you. What I like to do though is preparing meals in large quantities so I have enough left over for at least 3 lunchs. This way all my meals are already ready for when I go to work.
Another thing that can save you time, especially if you get up really early, is preparing your clothes, makeup and accessories the night before. That way you don’t waste time in the morning looking for something to wear.
If you are still going to school, this also works with your bag. Put everything you need for the next day in your bag before you go to bed. This way you can double check and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything important.
Schedule, schedule, schedule
I couldn’t recommend this enough… If you have more than one thing to do on your to-do list, you need to schedule. Scheduling helps us see all we need to get done and how much time we have to do all those things. If we think we won’t have enough time, we can put things off to the next day. On the contrary, if we have time left, we can look at the next thing on the list and cross extra things off the said list. Leaving us more time to do other things another day. Or we can just enjoy the extra time off and do something spontaneous.
Group tasks together
I’m not saying you should multi-task, I’m just saying you should group tasks together when possible. For instance if you know you have to send a letter, buy some groceries and see a friend, group these tasks. In whatever order you like, but the idea is that if you need to go out, do all the things you need to do outside the house in one go. Or if you need to do specific things, see if you can do all of them in the same part of town instead of running around all day.
You can also apply this to tasks you need to do around the house. For instance when cooking, you can do the washing up while your food is in the oven. Or put a load in the washing machine, by the time you’ve finished eating it will be ready to be dried.
You get the idea, grouping tasks is one of the most important things to do when it comes to saving time. And this is only possible if you schedule your days out.
Take public transport
Now this one is probably not the most common one on the list, but it can really make a difference. When driving you cannot do anything else. Once you arrive, you also have to think about parking. Two things that can be time consuming. When taking public transport (in the case that they are on time) the only thing you have to think about is getting on the right bus, and getting off at the right stop. While on the bus (or train) you can do things you want/need to do. You can read a book, send emails you need to send or start a new blogpost. Once you arrive you also just need to focus on where you need to go. Obviously in some situations, taking your car can be the best option, but it’s good to check out if taking public transport can make a difference or not.
Keep track of time
Not keeping an eye on the time can really be counter productive, even at work. When you have tasks you need to do on a specific day, it’s important to keep track of time. If you need to go grocery shopping, give yourself a determined amount of time. Same goes for other things like lunch breaks or housework. With these tasks it’s easy to let time slip through our hands and end up not having enough time left to do other things that need to be done.
Jord Watches is an American watch brand. They create timeless and quality wooden watches. Their watches are made with different types of wooden to suit everyone. Watches are also tailored to your wrist to ensure maximum confort.
The people at Jord Watches really know how to take care of their customers. I mean, look at that packaging! The box is as gorgeous as the watch. It also comes with extra links, some oil and a cloth to take care of your watch properly, that you can store un the little draw in the box.
Organising our days in order to do the things we really want to do isn’t easy. It does take some will power and energy. But like everything, if we really want it to work out it will, and we get used to it. In the end it becomes natural and effortless (ish).
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What is your number one tip to save time on a daily basis?
See you soon, love