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Need More Time In Your Day? Here’s How To Get Some!

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You get home from work and you want to relax, right?  But dinner has to be made, laundry is piled up, bills have to be paid; the list goes on and on.  Healthy Woman has put together a list of how to save time (and in some cases money).  I’ve added a couple tips of my own, too.

1. Make Fridays leftover night.
Clean out the fridge and save time and money.

2. When you’re watching TV.
use the commercial breaks to sort laundry, start the washer, vacuum a room, unload the dishwasher or clean off the kitchen counter.

3. Sign up for free automatic bill-paying services.
Do this for all recurring bills such as utility bills and the mortgage. Then set up an online bank account for free, one-click payment of all other bills. This not only saves time, but also postage and gas.

4. Combine as many errands as you can into one outing.
Group them by location and reducing travel time.

5. Ask for help!
Keep a list of your errands and delegate to your spouse, relative or friend if one of them is headed to the same place.

6. Ride your bike.
Or walk or run to run local errands, eliminating the need to take time to exercise later.

7. Set a schedule and establish boundaries throughout the day.
for example, at the beginning of each conversation, tell others how much time you have available. It’s as easy as saying, “I’m glad you called, but I’ve only got about 10 minutes to chat…”

8. Make e-mail more efficient.
Unsubscribe from all the junk e-mails so the only ones that appear in your inbox are the ones you want.

9. Take public transportation to work.
And use that time to read, update your to-do list or answer personal e-mails.

10. Set your clothes out the night before.
Women who don’t can waste time trying on different outfits or having to iron at the busiest time of the day.

My tips:

Make a few dinners for the week and freeze them.  When it’s time to eat, just pop them in the microwave.

Pick up as you go.  When glasses, plates or clothes are left around the house, pick them up as you do other things (like make a bathroom trip).  This way, the piles don’t get out of control.

Now that you’ve got time…… relax!!

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