11 Amazing Time Savers to Start Using Now
These days, we don’t have a lot of time to waste. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for places to save time so you can do stuff you actually like. And since you’re here looking for ways to do just this, I’ll spare you a speech about saving time and just get to the tips already!
Use a timer - Parkinson's Law says a task will take us exactly as long as we give ourselves to complete it. If you don't have a hard stop time, something as easy as simple as deciding what's for dinner can take you 30 minutes if you let it. In the age of unlimited choices - Pinterest, Netflix… I often find my self scrolling… and scrolling… and scrolling… not because I can’t find anything I like, I’m finding TOO many things I like and I can’t decide. I’m paralyzed by the seemingly infinite number of choices. By putting a time limit on it, I make the best decision in the time window I’m given and then I move on. Everything else gets pinned or added to my queue for a later date.
Put your phone down - Social media is a total time suck. You may not even realize how much time you're spending on your phone, scrolling through your feed. Apple’s come out with the new screen time report. GAH, that was eye-opening! I’m a lot more mindful of how much I’m on the phone now!
Plan your meals ahead of time - If you’re waiting until dinner time to figure out what to cook, you’re making a lot of extra work for yourself. By planning ahead, you could have meats defrosted, vegetables chopped, and maybe even the whole meal already cooked if you’d tossed in the slow cooker before running out the door this morning!
Meal planning prevents you from eating a lot of the same meals over and over again, or stuck with meals you can make quickly, or WORSE - ordering take-out or hitting up drive-thrus on the regular. Yeah, meal planning is probably the #1 thing you can do to save yourself time every single day. Read this post if you need help getting started.
Stop worrying - this is literally the biggest waste of time. Worrying accomplishes nothing and it expends a lot of mental energy. “Worrying is like praying for stuff you don’t want.” -Jen Sincero
If you're concerned about something specific, try this: Consider the WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO and plan for what you'll do if that happens. Odds are, it won't be anything remotely what you imagine but you'll rest easy knowing you're prepared to handle it if things go badly.
**Remember a lot of things are out of your control and that is OKAY.
Set your clothes out ahead of time - Better yet, create a capsule wardrobe and you'll know a month in advance what you'll be wearing when. You'll save yourself time getting ready and you won't be wandering around the closet wondering which shirt goes with those pants! Need more info on creating a capsule wardrobe to save time AND money? Click here.
Put things where you use them - Sure it might look neat to have all your toiletries organized in the bathroom, or your towels in the hallway linen closet. But think of the time you take walking back and forth between where you USE something and where you KEEP it. Put cleaning products near the items they're used on, including rolls of paper towels or cleaning cloths.
Plan the night before - Know exactly what you need to get accomplished for the day and you won't waste time trying to remember what you needed to do. Keep a notepad by the bed and write down your top to-do items that you need to accomplish and you’ll sleep better knowing you’ve prioritized your next day.
Quit being extra - how many things are on your calendar that you signed up for out of guilt, a feeling of obligation, or just to feel 'busy'? Next thing you know, you're signed up to host a bake sale, a book club, and bunco but you barely have time to yourself anymore.
Take a look at everything you're involved in and pare down your activities to the one or two you're most passionate about.
Think like a baker - Nah, I’m not telling you to take your stress out in the kitchen, I want you start putting like tasks together. Bakers don’t go in the kitchen and make 1 cookie, right? They make a whole batch. Or 2. They consolidate their efforts in the kitchen and do a whole bunch of the same thing at one time. Why this is helpful - context switching. Content switching is the time and energy it takes to go from doing one type of task to another.
When you multitask, and you’re trying to do a bunch of different things in a row, your brain has to keep moving from one mental checklist to another.
Unless you’re a computer with a powerful processor, multitasking is not what you were meant to do. Pick one task type, do as much of it for the foreseeable future as you’re able, and then move on. Laundry, vacuuming, lunch packing, emailing, outfit selecting (Need tips on batching your outfit selections? Or just need general help looking put together? Click HERE)
Automate everything you can - Use autoship (Like amazon's Subscribe and Save service) to automatically have them send you things you buy on a regular basis. (Paper towels, dog food, medications, toothpaste, shampoo). Autopay your bills, too as this not only saves time, it saves money on late fees as you won't forget to pay it!
Make a routine - The best way to save time is to get into a habit. Doing something automatically means you never have to stop and think about doing it. Because then you start thinking about NOT doing it. And then you start debating whether you should or you shouldn't. Meanwhile, if you'd just done it you'd be finished already! When it's a habit it gets done with no time wasted debating whether you should do it now or later, if at all!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or Registered Dietitian. The information presented is purely to share my experience and for entertainment purposes. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site.