Who among us is not running low on time? In this fast-paced, hectic and chaotic world in which we live today, there are always too many things to do, too many places to be and too little time to do it all in one. If you’re anything like me, you resent chores and running errands because they pull you away from doing things that are more meaningful to you like spending time with family and friends, working, writing, and dreaming up new ideas.
As a working women, I'm always on the lookout for time-saving tips and life hacks that can make the ride a little bit smoother by saving your little pocket of time on days when pulling off the balancing act between professional and health commitments successfully can seem like an impossible dream. So I took my question, "How do you save time?" to colleagues, family, and friends to find out what helps them do more of what they love. Here are five life hacks that can help you in little ways every single day:
1. Learn to say 'no'
Too many of us struggle with saying no to people because of which we're burdened with time and energy-draining tasks and responsibilities. Learning how to say a no that too politely but firmly is the single most important life skill to save time and be able to prioritise what's truly important and what not.
2. Buy a portable charger
It's a pain when your phone decides to blink with the annoying sign of a low battery at the precise minute when you're supposed to be on your way to attend a meeting. Save yourself from some serious heartache by investing in a powerful battery pack for your phone on safe side.
3. Limit Time on Emails and Social Media
Answering emails and perusing social media is a significant source of frustration for many. Unless you work in an industry that requires immediate responses and action to emails, limit your email tracking to a couple of times a day. As it takes away from more engaging, productive activities. So what you can do is you can turn off your phone’s notifications or delete social media apps when you needs to concentrate as you can always add them back.
4. Prepare Meals Ahead of Time
Don't wait till you're starving to put food in your body. Planning the meals for the week not only helps with grocery shopping but also with prep work (defrosting, marinating, etc.). You can usually make the meals that could last 3-4 days to minimize time spent cooking during the week or you can cook a bigger meal on Sunday or Monday in case the week gets busy. So its like you still have something that you can eat that is already made.
5. Plan Your Schedule a Week at a Time
Knowing what the next week will look like was another popular timesaving strategy. You can use Google calendar to plan your schedule hour by hour and you can estimate how long each task on your to-do list will take. Since you may find that your lists tend to get unrealistic if you don't approximate expected time to complete. That way every item that week gets a day and a time.
What are your go-to life hacks? Tell us in the comments below.
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