Thursday, November 04, 2010

Time-Saving Tips from HealthyWomen and Busy Women Like You!

What would you do if you had more time in your schedule? HealthyWomen, the nation’s leading health information source for women, asked that question of more than 1000 women. Here are the top three answers:
  • Entertainment activities, primarily reading
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Engaging in physical activities or spending time outdoors
My answers would fall in the above categories, too. Well, guess what? In most areas of the country, you’ll be getting an extra hour this weekend as Daylight Savings Time ends! So, spend that time doing one of the things on your list of things you rarely have time to do. I think I’ll use the extra hour to read with my boys.

Thanks to their survey (and a grant from Instead Softcup), HealthyWomen also has some great time-saving tips to help you stay stress-free. Check them out!

Domestic Duties

1. Make Fridays left-over night -- you will clean out the fridge, and save time and money.

2. We know you want to be watching TV, but how about making that personal time a bit more productive? Use commercial breaks to squeeze in some of the end-of-day chores -- sort laundry, start the washer, vacuum a room, unload the dishwasher, organize the kitchen counter.

3. Sign up for free automatic bill-paying services for all recurring bills such as utility bills, etc. Then set up an online bank account for free, one-click payment of all other bills -- saves time, postage, and gas!

Running Errands

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

5. Ask for help! Keep a list of your errands and an ear open in case your spouse, relative or friend is headed to the same place.

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

Communicating with Others

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 email more efficient -- spending the time to unsubscribe for all the junk emails will give you an inbox with just the information you want, and less time deleting the stuff you don’t.

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

Health and Beauty

10. Reconsider your definition of clean and don't shampoo every day -- your hair will be healthier and shinier and your shower will be shorter.

11. Keep your period light -- at least packing for it. Wear a menstrual cup all day and save time packing up other protection.

12. Tried and true -- 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.

These are all fantastic tips. Here’s one of my favorite time-saving strategies: I always keep reading materials (magazines, my nook, etc.) in my car so I can catch up on reading during unexpected delays, such as at doctor’s appointments or waiting out rain delays at sporting events. You’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish this way! With the switch to “regular” time this weekend, I hope you’ll spend a few moments thinking about how you can also save time in your life! It will lower your stress level and help you stay better organized.

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and Softcup and received a $30 gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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