I’m looking forward to this weekend. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been looking for that hour that disappeared last March when we started Daylight Savings Time! Changing the clock back is one of my favorite times of the year because I finally get that hour back! Yes, it gets dark early, and I know a lot of you hate that, but for a few weeks after we “fall back” it’s light when I wake up and I’ll take that any day over a little extra daylight in the evening.
I also can’t wait to reclaim that lost hour! I’m pretty sure I’ll celebrate by enjoying an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning, but since time is so precious, I’d like to make the most of it all through the year. Wouldn’t you love some tips for doing that, too? Here are time time-saving hacks I’ve scrounged up that should help you make the most of your time:
- Make your bed right away. Making my bed has actually always been one of the first things I do every morning because it make the bedroom looks neat and helps me feel like I’ve already done an important daily chore. But I recently discovered this video that shows how you can make your bed while you’re still in it! Watch it to learn how to be super-efficient with your time.
- Presort your laundry. Instead of one hamper for all the dirty laundry, which then has to be sorted before going into the washing machine, designate a separate mesh bag for whites, colors, and darks, and you’ll be all ready to go at laundry time, saving yourself some precious minutes.
- Be organized. Organization is the key to being most efficient. Regularly make to-do lists so that you can plan ahead. Prioritize and do the most important things first so that you get them out of the way. You’ll also be able to relax a bit if you know that the most important items on your list are done, so don’t allow yourself to stress if you don’t get to the things at the bottom.
- Consolidate errands. If you can, group errands together. If you need to do a few things in the same area, schedule those errands for roughly the same time to save on gas and travel time. If you can accomplish more than one thing in the same place, take advantage of that. There’s nothing like one-stop shopping!
- Pay your bills online. This is a widely available option and not having to write checks, stamp and address envelopes, and get them to the mailbox is a huge time saver.
- Don’t multi-task. Sounds strange, I know, when you’re trying to save time, but the truth is that trying to do too much at one time can often mess you up. You can be most efficient by letting your brain focus on one task, doing it right, and then moving on.
- Designate a spot for things you need. Like car keys, for example. You won’t waste time looking for things like that as you rush out of the house if there’s a designated space for them.
- Style your hair while you sleep. Here’s some multi-tasking that will save you some time in the morning. Shower at night and apply your usual products to wet hair. Then wrap your hair into a bun on top of your head and go to sleep! In morning, let it loose and finish it off with some styling products and you’re good to go!
- Make time for yourself. Set aside time to do something for you, like exercise, reading, or whatever you like to do for downtime. Schedule it as though it’s an appointment and make sure you keep it!