Ten suggested ways to save time
Here are some helpful suggestions that will help you to easily shave minutes – maybe hours – off your day. With that extra time you could kick back and relax, sleep more, go for a walk or do anything your mind can dream of! These ten tips aren’t be mind-blowing, but when you add them all up, you’ll see an increase of free time that could have a big impact. So without further ado, let’s get going!
1. Ask for help and hire a Virtual Assistant
Check out your business worries, review your to-do list, keep an eye on the hours you work. Hiring an experienced Business Support Assistant (VA) helps you run your business in a better time managed way. Ask yourself what are you happy handing over, build on this relationship . . . . let go and give it a go.
2. Squeeze in a magic extra fifteen minutes
Chances are you’re not as busy as you think you are, all it takes is a few small modifications to turn a seemingly packed day into something you can work with. Fifteen minutes a day isn’t much, but after a few days this starts to add up. You really can achieve a lot when you really focus. Use this time to catch up on emails, do some research or catch up on reading.
3. Get a workout in, no matter how busy you are
You don’t need to waste hours a day at the gym to stay fit. Depending on your goals, you can often get in a good workout in 30 minutes or less, whether its interval training, bodyweight exercises or a little combination of everything. Regular workouts keep you motivated.
4. Pay your bills by direct debit or standing order
If you’re sick of taking time out of your day to slog through all your bills, you can make your life a lot easier with automatic recurring payments. With direct debits, standing orders and a good budgeting program, you can make the process a lot easier.
5. Keep cleaner home
When we start feeling too busy, cleaning is one of the first things to go. But keeping your house clean doesn’t have to take any time, as long as you remember to do it! When you need to, you can clean your whole house in 15 minutes—but a better solution is to just clean for 15 minutes a day. Even if the house isn’t clean after those 15 minutes, over time, it will be.
6. Sleep bette without sleeping longer
If your sleep is suffering, you might need more sleep—or you might just need better sleep. If your sleep pattern is a mess, you may need to give it a full reboot before you figure out how much is right for you. But once you do, giving yourself the right environment, preparation, and timing will get you to sleep better. And if that isn’t enough you could always grab a scientifically sound power nap too.
7. Stress free shopping
Somewhat related to cooking, shopping—particularly grocery shopping—is one of those time-consuming activities we never want to do, but have to. Ordering shopping online is a great stress free way to cut down on time and money.
8. Cook better food in less time
If the idea of cooking a proper honest meal fills you with dread (whether because you hate cooking or you just don’t have the time) you can overcome this with better planning. Write a weekly food planner and keep it on display in the kitchen, write a shopping list based on those items and get a good selection tried and tested meals under you belt. If you have time at the weekend, cook and freeze healthy meals for another time. Make a batch of soup for work. Make your lunch before you go to bed. Get up 10 minutes earlier so you have time for breakfast.
9. Learn to read faster
Whether you’re reading for pleasure or have mountains of textbooks to wade through, reading is one of those things we never feel like we have time for. But wait, it is possible with a bit of effort! You can easily fit more reading into your busy schedule by reading more frequently for 15 minute bursts, not seeing reading as a chore and by not saying the words in your head as you read. These tricks will help you read faster and get through those books.
10. Improve your long boring commute
Your commute doesn’t have to be a boring trek down the motorway full of traffic or a bored train journey. Not only is there an art to finding a better route, but there’s an art to using that time wisely, too. You can outsmart your commute with a few apps and beat your boredom with something like podcasts and audiobooks; you could even learn a new language while you commute.
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