When things are going somewhat normal, that is the time to plan and implement.
Here are five ways to help you utilize your valuable time best:
- Multi-task. Throw in a load of laundry that can be washing while you do something else. In fact, get the dishes loaded up in the dishwasher, too. Now you’ll be getting three things done at the same time!
- Do things ahead. Rethink your habits. Do you do something, such as grocery shopping, every week that can be done less often? You can gain 2 or more hours a week by consolidating your efforts and doing it fewer times.
- Make a list and check it twice! Being prepared can save time. Grocery lists are a great example. Check expiration dates on regularly used items before you go. I learned this one the hard way. Certain that my shopping trip would cover two weeks of meals, I wrote my list. We had a nearly full gallon of milk in the frig. What I didn’t know is that it was one day away from expiration. So, I was back at the store only a day later! Having learned the hard way, I now check the longevity of our food before I go to the store.
- Reschedule your life.* Have things changed? What worked well before may not work at all today.
- Do it now. Certain tasks will be harder to complete if you put them off. Like what? How about opening the mail. If I don’t open, sort and toss the moment it comes into the house, it piles up and even gets lost. Another example is the laundry, which also can pile up quickly. Make a decision to take the clean clothes from the dryer and put it all away immediately.