Time is our most precious resource and it always feels like we don’t have enough of it. However, it is possible to free up extra time in your day to do the things that matter to you and that you love.
To help you, here are my top 15 time-saving tricks that will give you extra time to do whatever you want with it!
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- 15 time-saving tricks you need to try
- A place for everything
- Create routines and stick to them
- Prepare your clothes the night before
- Think a meal ahead
- Meal plan for the week
- Food delivery service
- Turn off your phone
- Use lockout apps
- Ditch the TV
- Plan your week on Sunday
- Automate as much as possible
- Don’t double back
- Say no
- Learn while you’re doing something else
- Do your shopping online
Do you go to bed after a long day and feel like you didn’t have enough time to do everything you wanted to do? Do you wish an extra hour would appear at the end of your day to the things you love?
Well, you’re not alone!
We live in a fast-paced society and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like time is slipping through our fingers. Successful people seem to be able to get three times as many things done as regular people. Is it because they’re superhuman? No (at least, I don’t think so!). It’s because they’ve become masters at managing their time.
So how can you save time during the day to get more done, feel more productive, and have extra time to spend on things you love?
The answer is simple: you must maximize the time you have. To free up extra time and give you space to breathe, here are my top 15 time-saving tips you need to try today!
15 time-saving tricks you need to try
A place for everything
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably constantly looking for your keys. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted doing this, especially in the morning as I’m trying to get out of the house as fast as possible because I’m late for work!
The easiest way around this is to have a place for everything. That way, you know exactly where everything is! You don’t have to waste time and energy searching for whatever it is that you usually misplace.
Create routines and stick to them
Having a set routine you stick to every day is such a great way to save precious time. It enables you to go through the motions without having to think about anything.
For example, you can create a morning routine with all of the tasks you want to get done before you leave for work in the morning and dedicate a specific amount of time for each of them.
Having a morning or evening routine prevents decision fatigue and saves tons of time! Check out: 7 benefits of having a morning routine
Prepare your clothes the night before
Before you go to bed, prepare your workout clothes (if you exercise in the morning, which you should!) and the clothes you’ll wear the next day. That way, you don’t have to spend any time looking through your closet to decide what to wear.
For example, Steve Jobs wore the same outfit (not the same clothes!) every day to simplify his decision-making process and free up time to do more meaningful work. You don’t have to go to this extreme but choose your clothes the night before so you don’t have to do it in the morning.
Think a meal ahead
One of my favorite time-saving tricks is to double batch my dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day. That way, I don’t have to think about what to eat for lunch and spend time cooking (or waste time and money by going out to eat!). I only have to cook once for two meals!
You can also cook even larger quantities and freeze whatever you don’t eat!
Meal plan for the week
On Sunday, think of the meals you want to prepare for the week, write them down in your meal planner, and put together a grocery list. This does take some time initially but it’s so worth it in the end.
Planning your meals for the week enables you to save time by:
- Reducing the number of trips you need to make to the grocery store during the week
- Eliminating the time you spend wandering the aisles deciding what to buy (and therefore eliminating impulse purchases as well!)
- Getting rid of the time spent looking in your fridge, trying to decide what to make for lunch or dinner
Food delivery service
No, I’m not talking about Uber Eats or Deliveroo! I’m talking about meal delivery services that deliver all of the ingredients for you to cook delicious, healthy meals, right to your door. This way, you don’t have to go to the grocery store, which is a bonus in my opinion!
There are so many options to choose from these days that cater to all types of dietary needs and restrictions, I’m sure you’ll find one that you’ll love.
Turn off your phone
How many times have you said to yourself “I’m just going to check Facebook for 5 minutes” and 30 minutes later, you’re still scrolling through the feed?
Whenever you need to focus on something important, put your phone away or turn it off! It is so distracting to hear all of the notifications while you’re trying to concentrate. If you’re checking your phone every 5 minutes, think of all the time you’re wasting!
If looking at your phone has become a bad habit you’re having trouble breaking, check my post on How to permanently break bad habits!
Use lockout apps
So you’ ve put away your phone but you’re still very tempted to check social media on your computer? Try using a lockout app. These apps let you block your own access to distracting websites for a specific amount of time.
If you’re using a Mac, check out Self control.
If you feel you’re spending too much time doing anything but distracting things, you might be procrastinating! If you’re looking for ways to fight your procrastinating urges, check out How to finally stop procrastinating
Ditch the TV
I don’t mean throw out the TV and never watch it again. I mean that you should be more intentional with the time you spend in front of the TV.
How many hours do you spend watching TV on average a week? Be honest and answer the question, you’ll be surprised by the answer. If you’re coming home from work and sitting in front of the TV to watch just one episode of your favorite Netflix show, and 2 hours later you’re still at it, you got trapped in the TV void! To change this, decide ahead of time when you’re going to watch TV and stick to it! Don’t mindlessly turn on the TV and scroll through Netflix’s homepage looking for something to watch.
Plan your week on Sunday
Take a look at your calendar and see what meetings, events, and obligations you already have scheduled for the week. Make sure that each of them bring value to you and others. If some of them don’t, cancel them.
Then, block time for tasks that you want to do and get done by the end of the week. Scheduling them ahead of time increases the likelihood that you’ll actually do them. Don’t forget to add personal downtime in there too!
Automate as much as possible
Look at tasks you do on a regular basis and see if you can automate them. For example, a lot of utility companies offer the option of paying bills online by direct deposit. You can also invest in a slow cooker to make cooking easier. You just throw in all of the ingredients, turn on the cooker and go on with your day!
I’m sure there are tons of other ways you can automate!
Don’t double back
This is something my mom would tell my brother and me all of the time when we were growing up. I used to think she was just nagging us but now I completely understand!
If you’re going outside and passing by the trash cans, grab the trash bags out of the kitchen and throw them out when you leave. That way you won’t have to go back outside to throw them out later in the day. This is a great way to save time!
Don’t feel bad about saying no more often. Say no to invitations, to events you don’t want to go to, and to requests made by others. It’s not selfish to be more conscious of how you spend your time.
Learn while you’re doing something else
Listening to podcasts or audiobooks to learn new things while doing other tasks is another one of my favorite time-saving tricks.
I love reading and learning but I don’t have a lot of time during the day to spend on it and I’m usually dead tired when I get to bed at night. My solution? Audiobooks! They’re a perfect way to squeeze “reading” time in my day while I’m doing something else (like cleaning or walking the dog). Every time I’m doing something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration, I put my headphones on and get to learning!
Do your shopping online
I love shopping online for all of my bulk and heavy grocery items (like milk, flour, rice,…). It takes just a few minutes to fill up my cart, pay, and move on! Plus, I created an online shopping list for all of my recurring items which saves me even more time! I didn’t have to drive to the grocery store, pick out my items, stand in line at the cash register, and drive home. Everything is done at the click of a button! I also save money doing this because I’m not tempted to buy other items I don’t need!
There you have it, 15 brilliant time-saving tricks to maximize your time, increase your productivity and have more time to spend on things you really want to do!
Time management can be difficult but using these techniques can be a huge help!
I’d love to hear what time-saving tricks you’ve tried and what works for you! Let me know in the comments below!
Till next time,