Wednesday, March 17, 2010

little ways to save time

Are you always looking for some time to sit down and read that latest book from the library, or watch a special program on TV? If so, here are a few hints to help you arrange that time.

1. When preparing your meals, clean up as you go, washing by hand or putting appropriate items right into the dishwasher. Put away ingredients that need to be stored in the refrigerator or pantry immediately after you use them.

2. Take out your clothes the night before work or school. This way you don't waste valuable time in the morning looking for the right thing to wear.

3. Fill up your gas tank when it hits the quarter of a tank level. In case of an unexpected appointment, you won't have to worry about running out of gas.

4. Cook some meats ahead of time and store in the freezer. For those nights you are too busy to start from scratch, this will help you get a quick dinner on the table.

5. Pick a regular day each week to do your bills or any desk-related items. If you don't have bills that week, work on your budget or bank statement. When it comes to finances, just a bit of disorganization can lead to overdraft and other fees.

6. If you are comfortable having bills paid online, sign up for this service. Mark your calendar on what particular day the bills will be paid so you can keep track of what's happening.

7. When making appointments, mark your calendar right away--along with any necessary contact information.

8. Have the family work on planning the weekly agenda, so that there is no one left in the rain waiting for a ride. Try and arrange car pools with other family members and friends whenever possible.

9. Have colors for each family member for towels, toothbrushes, hair care items and more. It can save a lot of time and prevent confusion. Even match the hampers and baskets if possible.

If you do some or all of these items you will be finding that extra time to do the things you enjoy. You will also feel like you are more in control.

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OpenID theassistant said...

Great ideas Andrea! Love your blog :) One thing I started doing is only buying white towels. That way I can always bleach them as need be and they can go into any room. I wish I had done that years ago!

March 23, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

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