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Seven time savers

Are you feeling that there just aren't enough hours in a day to do everything. Here are some small changes that you can make to add time ...

 

1. Get Organised

Having to look for things is the number one time waster; it’s amazing how much time is wasted looking for keys, sunglasses, socks, remotes, tools, CDs, shoes and so on and all this adds up. Getting yourself organised will definitely give you more time back with less frustration.

2. Using two laundry baskets

Buy two laundry baskets one for dark washing and one for white washing. Make sure they are either different colours (like blue for dark washing & white for white) or make a label for each one, and then show each member of the family which basket to throw their own dirty laundry into.

3. Not allowing the dishes to pile up

Have a designated spot in the kitchen for used glasses so that they can be reused throughout the day. Make a coaster for each member of the family with their name on and place it on a tray for these glasses or buy each member of the family a unique glass of their own. Try and clean as you cook as we all feel a little lazy after we have eaten, have hot soapy water ready in the sink as you prepare then wash up as you go along.

4. Get Things Ready the Night Before

Prepare as much as you can the night before to make your mornings stress free. Prepare your lunch, fill the kettle and put out breakfast cereals. Lay out your clothes for the next day and put together everything you will be taking with you (laptop bag, returns, grocery list, library books, radio face, keys etc).

5. Get a good night’s sleep and plenty of exercise

A good nights rest and the daily exercise requirement of 30 minutes or more, at least 5 days each week with an activity that is strenuous enough to raise your heart and breathing rate will give you more energy and help you to be more focussed, efficient and productive.

6. Limit grocery shopping to once a week

Plan your meals for the weak ahead so you only need to go to the store once a week, use a grocery list instead of just walking up and down the aisles trying to decide what you need or going cook.

7. Don’t watch too much TV

Limit your TV viewing – go through the TV guide and set reminders for the shows you are interested in watching or better yet record them so you can forward through the adverts (if you don’t get a TV guide look online, in the newspaper or in certain magazines) This way you can watch what you want when you want too.

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