Crunched for time? Stressed to the max? Need more hours in a day? Don't we all! You can improve your time management skills by doing the following:
Meal planning. If you plan your meals each week (or each month), you could save yourself hours of time – and lots of money! Sit down one day each week to plan out your meals and your shopping list. Making just one trip to the store is going to save you a lot compared to making several last minute trips because you didn't plan well. You can also utilize leftovers better when you have lists of what you're going to cook. The best part? You can match up the ads with the meal plans and save even more!
Freezer cooking. Whether you use Pinterest or Google to gather the best tips for freezer cooking, do a little research and you'll find that freezer cooking – much like meal planning – will save you time and money! (Don't forget to check out my entire series on freezer to crockpot cooking!)
Budgeting. Having a budget isn't really a time saving tool in itself, but making sure that your bills are paid on time is. How do we do that? By having a budget! Ensuring that everything is paid on time will save you money in late fees, and will save you the headache of junk mail and phone calls if you accidentally forget to pay one of the bills. Less mail to go through = more time. Amazing, right?
Strict scheduling. If you have a “loosey goosey” schedule, you're going to find time gaps where you think you have nothing to do. So, you're going to get excited an wander off into cyber space, only to realize you forgot to meal plan for the week and two hours of time has been sucked away! Much like a budget, every block of time should be accounted for – even if it's down time.
Prioritizing. Eat that frog early in the day! Stop procrastinating, and make a list of things from most important to least important. Put the most dreaded task at the top of the list, and get it completed first. If you eat the frog first thing in the morning, the rest of the day will be yours to conquer without any fear!
Saying “no”. There are only 24 hours in a day, so sometimes you'll have to say “no” when people ask you to do this or that. Many will ask for favors more often than they should, and still others will take advantage if you seem like you have some “free time”. They'd have free time, too, if they worked on their time management skills. Don't feel guilty when you turn someone down – you have to make sure your tasks get completed before farming yourself out to others.
Multitasking. The easiest time management tip? Multitask! Work on more than one thing at once, and they'll all get done faster. Sometimes there are things we can't multitask with, but for the most part we can. So, figure out what it is you can work on at the same time, and tackle both things on your “to do” list with pleasure!