Time saving tips eh I hear you cry, what can we do to get more time? Well, nothing is the answer to that one unfortunately. I fall in to that category of someone who is always hopelessly chasing their tail and forever busy. Despite what it looks like from the outside in, this is not a place I like to be in, but with a full time professional job, family commitments, running a house and trying to spend time with my besties and bf, you have to juggle things in to your every day routine to free up a bit of space. Some of these tips may be a bit obvious to some of you, but these are just the ways I personally try and save time every day throughout the week…
Time Saving Tips – Leave at the right time to get somewhere
This is something I’m still working on but I like to think I have moved from being the ‘person who is always late’ to the person who is on time. I don’t think I’ll ever be the person that gets there early, but one of the things I do now is leave the right amount of time for my journey with 5 minutes wiggle room. This doesn’t work if you get stuck in traffic, but leaving the right amount of time does give you more time before you leave the house. To do this I always check google maps to see how long it’s going to take me to get there. To save even more time I plug in the destination at the end of my previous journey. For example, if I have somewhere to be on Saturday morning, I put it in the Sat Nav on Friday evening when I get home and then when I turn on my car we are already to go and I don’t waste another 5 minutes frustratingly faffing around with the Sat Nav. Another thing I do if I haven’t been somewhere before or it’s difficult to find (especially for work meetings) is look at the location on google street view before I go, so when I get there I will recognise where I need to be and not end up in a panic trying to figure out where I should be and trying to do a dangerous turn in a gateway… We’ve all been there.
Time Saving Tips – Shop online
Don’t get me wrong – I like a stroll round some nice shops as a day out with a nice lunch, but when it comes to buying things I actually need, I despise shopping. I do 99% of my shopping online. For everything. If you buy groceries then have a look at my post about how I do my grocery shopping here. I also buy most of my clothes online. I love a good online browse and then I order lots of things in lots of sizes and try them on at home, which is super quick. The only slow side of this is the returns, namely the Post Office. My tip for that would be, buy from stores that do Collect Plus returns, you can literally drop these off at all the easy places, our local ones are the co-op and BP garage which are open all the time.
Time Saving Tips – Keep Lists
I use the app ‘Notebook’ which I discovered through Sheerluxe I think. It’s great, you can have lots of lists on the go all at once and you can have nice covers for your lists. Download the app and you’ll know what I mean. It’s totally free which is awesome! I keep my lists in sections like – shopping, housework, TV to watch, Books to read etc… In my shopping one I keep a grocery checklist which I add to as soon as we run out of something and then when I come to do my online shop I just go through the list and see what we actually need- saves money too!
Time Saving Tips – Do errands during the week
I love to spend my weekends doing the things that I want to do, so I try and get out the way all my errands during the week if I can. I am no domestic goddess and inevitably changing the bed and hoovering are not something I can face after work during the week. But I like to keep on top of the kitchen and the washing during the week. Usually I’ll put on a load of washing when I go to bed and quickly hang it out in the morning before work.
The other errands I do are at lunchtime. Most of you are probably like me in that you don’t actually get paid for your lunch hour but you just end up sitting at your desk anyway. What I try and do is any in town jobs that need doing. So, most weeks I will carve out a lunch hour for – filling up with fuel (usually on a Monday), taking my returns to the post office, dry cleaning, nipping to the bank – you get the picture. I think at least 2 lunchtimes per week I run errands and that frees up my weekend time. Who wants to stand in the queue at the Post Office on Saturday morning?
Time Saving Tips – Schedule your time
It may not seem it by this post, but by nature I am quite lazy, as in, if I have nothing to do my number one past time is laying on the sofa, watching Netflix and eating nachos. But I am pretty organised, I push as much as I can in to my time so I can have spare time on the sofa. I have a great planner (read more about that here) which I keep super organised and I schedule in things like- what I will do on my lunch breaks during the week, keep a note of my chores or errands to do that day and also schedule in me time / exercise / laying on the sofa – because we all need a break!
What are your best time saving tips?
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