Are you looking to save some time in your schedule?
Would a bit of creativity help you to take action?
When it comes to managing your time, it helps to expand your horizons and think outside of the box.
In this post, I offer five creative ways you can save time in your schedule.
Get an early start.
If you’re up and ready to go a couple of hours before everyone else, either on the weekday or weekend, you’ve got a golden opportunity.
There will be fewer people in stores, less traffic on the road, and less of a chance of long lines and delays.
Does this sound wonderful, or what? Believe me, it is!
In some situations, even a mere five or fifteen minutes can make a world of difference.
Make it easy to get dressed.
These tip is all about getting down to details. You may have some pieces in your wardrobe that are not-so obvious time suckers: a shirt that takes a long time to iron, a blouse with a long row of several tiny buttons, a pair of boots with extremely long laces.
If you’re pressed for time in the morning, consider sorting work or school outfits into low- and high-maintenance outfits.
Low-maintenance outfits would be ones where you can literally throw on clothes and head out the door (such as slacks and a pullover blouse or shirt with no buttons), while high-maintenance outfits would require more of your time and attention to get dressed.
Finish a task today, and schedule it again for tomorrow.
For those of you who use paper planners, get into the habit of pre-scheduling tasks for yourself. As soon as you complete a recurring daily, weekly, or monthly task, immediately add to your schedule for the next occurrence.
You won’t have to backtrack or figure out what to do next. When you get into the habit, you’ll always be one step ahead.
If you use a digital planner, set recurring task reminders for yourself.
Bulk up your routines.
Do you work on similar tasks at different times of the day throughout the week, such as scheduling appointments, preparing menus or running reports? Try consolidating tasks into bulk session during the week.
By combining tasks, you’ll be able to work more efficiently. You’ll spare yourself from having to stop, think about, and take care of many single tasks during the week.
Pay someone to complete a task.
Time is money. If you can afford it, consider paying someone to complete a job or task for you. Removing rote or routine tasks from your schedule can give you back some time.
For example, you could hire a teen neighbor to walk your dog when you have a long day at work, or pay a college student to clean your home while you organize your home office.
How about you? What are some other creative ways that could save you some time? What has been your experience using any of the above tips? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!