There is a LOT going on around here.
A lot of family.
A lot of things to get done.
A lot of balls in the air.
I’m always racing myself. Trying to get things done faster. Trying to get things done more efficiently. Trying to get things done while I sleep.
And along the way?
I’ve discovered so many time-saving tips and tricks and ideas that can save you minutes in a day. And I know that minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but what if you saved 10 minutes every day? It doesn’t seem like that much until you add it all up. 10 minutes x 365 days =3650 minutes. And can someone please check my multiplication because I ran from higher math in high school?
(total aside: This is one of my favorite topics to discuss on the planet and the list was getting LENGTHY. So to save even more time, I’m only sharing the top ones. See? We are already saving time and we haven’t even started.)
In no particular order (spoiler alert—this list is SUPER random), here are my top 25 ways to add time to your day.
1. Do the hardest thing first.
(total aside: you could just stop here. If you do the thing you don’t want to do first, you’ve already added an hour or two of time and not worrying to your day).
2. Control Z on your keyboard. If you make a mistake or mistype or lose part of your document? Just CTRL Z on your keyboard (Command Z on your mac).
3. Empty the dishwasher as SOON as you think of it. Do NOT walk by it 41 times. Just empty it and in two minutes you’ll be done.
4. When you go from room to room, before you leave, look around and see if you need to take anything from room to room. Then pick it up and move it. You are already making the trip. Why not bring some stuff with you. I’ve trained myself on this over the years and have it down to a fine art. It’s like a time muscle. The more you exercise it, the better you get.
5. Number 4 works even better if you have a two-story house. Heading downstairs? Look around and see if anything needs to go with you. Heading upstairs? Look around and see if anything needs to go up.
And if you put a pile of stuff at the bottom of the stairs?
DO NOT WALK BY IT.
Take it up with you.
(total aside Number 4 and 5 not only save time, but help ELIMINATE CLUTTER. Win and win.)
6. Make a list. Yep. I know, right? Totally old school. And then? WAIT FOR IT.
Check. It. Off.
7. Here is another Captain Obvious idea. When you use something? Put it back in its place. When I film a craft? I take all this stuff out and it sits all over the table. Once I’m done filming, I walk around and put it all back before I do my next thing on my list. Having it sit out only makes me nervous with all that stuff out of place.
And if it needs to go downstairs? I refer to number 5.
8. Put your shoes on when you get up. It helps if you get dressed, too, but when all else fails? The shoes are the go-to.
9. Walk away from your phone. All those little alerts can be the biggest time-waster. For example, I’m writing a post right now. It takes me about 45 minutes. If I stopped and looked at my phone? I would take me 57 minutes. Time saved without phone? 12 minutes.
10. Audiobooks (see I told you the list was random). I LOVE to read. But it’s so hard to set aside time to sit down and read (and then I get caught up in the book and don’t get anything done). The answer? Audiobooks. You can read and do other things at the same time.
11. Use your waiting time wisely. I have a list of things I save for when I’m waiting. The list is in my notes app on my phone (this is a time when your phone is your friend, not your distractor). I take care of those tasks when I’m waiting and save time. The key for success with this? Decide what you want to do BEFORE you ever start waiting.
12. Say no. I know that this is hard. I get it. Let me help you.
When someone asks you to do something that you don’t want to do? Just tell them that you “are overwhelmed.” Those words work in almost every situation.
They have gotten me out of more time-wasting things than I can count.
13. Display your dishes and silverware you use every day. I know this seems like a random addition to our time-saving list, but when you empty the dishwasher, I just add them to the display instead of taking the time to put them all away.
14. Shop online. This is my current best time-saver. Here are my best online shopping tips.
15. Use a crockpot. It only requires a little bit of planning and will save you SO MUCH time with meal prep. Here are some amazing (and easy) crockpot meals.
16. Have a morning routine. I could do an entire post on this because it’s something I’m embracing this year. But here’s the Reader’s Digest version.
Stay off your phone, stretch and have coffee.
17. Have a laundry sorter. We have a laundry sorter with three compartments. There’s one for darks. One for lights and one for cold water and delicates.
18. And while we’re on the subject of laundry? Teach children how to do laundry. Their future spouses will thank you one day.
19. Buy bigger trash cans with lids and pedals that you step on. It looks so much cuter and there are less trips to the trash.
20. Hang a shopping list on the wall in the kitchen (or a chalkboard works, too). Then when you (or someone in the family) realizes you are out of something? Add it to the list.
Take a picture of the list on your phone before you go to the store.
21. Have a place for everything in your home. Clutter is just stuff you haven’t figured out where it goes yet. (Remember tips 4 and 5? This works because you know where everything goes).
22. If you pick it up, PUT IT AWAY. Do you know how much wasted time is spent, picking things up, looking at them, and then PUTTING THEM RIGHT BACK WHERE YOU PICKED THEM UP FROM?
23. Use a wrinkle release spray instead of ironing.
24. Turn off notifications on your phone. In most cases, those notifications are nothing but stress. You are the boss of your phone. Don’t let it tell you what to do.
25. And my favorite (I know I said I didn’t have favorites at the beginning—but number 1 and number 25 are game-changers).
MAKE YOUR BED.
I know you are going to get back into that bed 14 hours later, but here’s the thing.
With feet in your shoes and pillows on your bed?
You can rule the world.
One minute at a time.
PS I realize as I was reading back over this list, that I sound SUPER bossy in places. I can’t help it. I’m a mom. 🙂
PPS All the photo credits for this post go to the amazing Kenna Lynn Photography.