Daylight savings comes to an end this Sunday, November 5, when clocks are rolled back an hour at 2 AM. Whether it’s time to fall back of spring forward, it seems that the change always comes with its adjustment challenges. Why not use the shift as an opportunity to brush up on your time-efficiency skills? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Morning Timesaving Hacks:
- Get organized the night before. Even though this does steal a few minutes from your evening, it’ll make things much easier in the morning when you’re groggy. Lay out your clothes, pack your bag, prepare lunches, and take care of anything else that adds to your frantic mornings.
- Go to sleep on time. We all tend to procrastinate on bedtime, and it makes mornings that much harder to face. Set a bedtime and stick to it for a sunnier AM outlook.
- Simplify morning beauty. Keep morning skincare simple. We’re partial to Actifirm Morning Cleanser followed by Actimoist Booster for moisture. On to makeup: Do you really need lip liner, lipstick, and gloss, or would a simple lip stain suffice? Streamlining your cosmetics routine will save you precious minutes.
- Rethink your morning rituals. Is it mandatory to spend 15 minutes in the Starbucks drive through each morning? If it brings joy to your day, by all means continue. But if you’d be just as happy with a warm cup of Joe from a programmable coffee maker at home, make the change and take back your time.
Home Timesaving Hacks:
- Consolidate Errands. Here’s where a little planning can go a long way. Rather than running to the store every day, keep a running list and make a weekly trip for groceries and essentials. You’ll save valuable driving and checkout time.
- Keep Up with Cleaning. Don’t devote an entire Saturday to scouring the house – do it bit by bit. For instance, rinse the bathroom sink after you’ve used it, and wipe kitchen counters and sweep the floor after dinner. Your home will stay cleaner overall without devoting a huge chunk of time.
- Skip TV. Choose one night a week to turn off the TV and do something productive instead. Reruns are highly overrated, and you can always record can’t-miss shows.
Work Timesaving Hacks:
- Have an email strategy. Commit to checking email at designated intervals – try for twice a day. Set a time limit – start with 20 minutes and see how it goes – and address all emails during this period. File or delete emails immediately after responding rather than letting them clutter your inbox.
- Become a better typist. If you hunt and peck on the keyboard, this is one area where your can gain valuable minutes. com offers a free way to brush up on your skills with just a few minutes of practice each day.
- Work in focused bursts. Focus has its limits, so give yourself a timeframe for knocking out each task. When you’ve met your goal, take a short break – yes, breaks are proven to aid rather than hinder efficiency!
Making the most of your minutes isn’t generally about big changes – it’s about small tweaks throughout your day that cumulate into substantial time savings. Make a few modifications to your routine today, and enjoy the stress-easing benefits of better time management.
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