4 Simple Steps to Save Time through Better Organization
One of the things that I hear most often is how life would be simpler with a little more time in the day. Well, I can’t extend the day any longer than the 24 hours it already is. I can give you some thoughts about making the most of the time in that day to give the feeling of having more time.
Get yourself on a schedule or into a routine
If you enjoy watching the news or relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning, work that into your schedule. This will set the tone for your entire day.
If mornings are busy in your home, start by looking at some of the things you may be able to move to the night before. One time saver may be to prepare lunches the night before or pick out your clothes the night before. This will give you a sense of order and help reduce the feeling of having too much to do in the morning.
Learn that the list is your best friend
Along with a schedule comes a list. If you have several tasks to do that day, write them down. You may find that you can complete your entire list of errands at one time by mapping them out. Working smarter will “add” time to your day.
Having a “to do” list will also ensure that you don’t forget anything important and have to make a last minute dash to get it done. Lists aren’t full proof and priorities can change during the day. Having a list will allow you to know where you can fit in those unexpected tasks that come up during the day.
Don’t keep what you don’t need
Part of living a simpler life is to eliminate the things that you don’t need. De-clutter regularly and know where to discard or donate items. De-cluttering should be incorporated into your routine. If you keep up with it you’re not left with the overwhelming task of cleaning out that all purpose dumping spot. The key is to deal with the item when you first touch it and don’t allow the dumping spot to exist. Make sure everything has its place. Not only will it keep the clutter at bay, but it will make things easier to find when you need them.
If the items are still good donate them so that you can reduce waste and benefit someone else in the process.
Know when to multi-task
There are some tasks that you will need to devote your full attention to in order to do them effectively. Multi tasking at this point may actually add time to what you’re trying to do. An effective way to multi task is to do similar tasks at the same time. For example, it will save time if you go out once and do all your errands then. Going out several times during the day will add to the total time it takes to complete your errands.
Remember that the reason we multi task is to save time. Let’s say you have two tasks that will take 30 minutes each to complete. If they will take 45 minute total to do them together it’s worth combining. If it will still take 60 minute to complete both tasks then it’s best to finish one before starting the other.
These are some simple tips to get you on your way to living the life you want to live.