We're all busy and now with the holidays it's about to get busier. My system for getting things done has got to be simple and convenient or I won't stick to it.
Here are four easy tips to help manage your time.
Write it Down:
The older I get and the busier I get, the more I forget. I keep a small spiral notebook with me and I keep it simple. Having scraps of paper here
and there gets lost, so this keep everything in one spot. Because if I
don't write it down when I think of it...I'll forget. Plus it feels good
to cross off those to-do's. I
keep sections: "HBG" (HollyByGollie), "Grocery Shopping", "Notes",
"Ideas", "Everything Else". It travels with me in my purse, to my day
job and sits on my beading table so I can jot down what supplies I need
to reorder. If it can wait, put it at the bottom of the list.
Crock-Pot is my best friend. It is probably one of the best investments
I've made in my kitchen. I'm up at 4:30 during the week and before I
leave for my day job, that night's dinner goes into the crock-pot. There
are thousands of recipes on the internet. When it comes to my lunch, I eat the same
thing each day... pretty much. On Monday I take my lunch for the entire week in a lunch sack. I bring a bag or two of salad, tomatoes,
avocados, dressing and a bag of frozen precooked chicken I keep in the
office fridge/freezer. I assemble my salad each day and I don't have to
scramble each morning to figure out what I'm going take for lunch. I
also keep a few cans of soup and crackers at the office.
hate cleaning, who doesn't? My house is not spotless or well organized.
We have busy lives and I do the best I can. But I like the house to
look at least half way decent. I've discovered it's easier to clean as I
go rather than doing it all on Saturday. I keep a small refillable
spray bottle full of Windex Multipurpose cleaner. Each morning when I'm
done in the bathroom I spray down the counter and sink and wipe it down
with the washcloth I used earlier then throw it in the hamper. I also keep a
bottle in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, if there are dishes
in the sink I will wash whatever I have time to do before I leave for
work and finish up later. Every little bit helps.
experts say only check email twice a day, morning and afternoon. That
doesn't work for me. Email is my primary communication. However, things
that can wait but do need to be addressed I mark with a red star
(depending on your email program) or mark as "unread". Stop saving
those emails that you won't use within the next two weeks: Offers,
updates, etc. Experts will also tell you to save emails you want to read
for a later date. I find if I haven't read it within two weeks, I'm
probably not going to.
These are just four areas of our lives, there are many many more, but this is a good start.