How many times have I said, “I wish there were more hours in a day,” or “I wish I had as many arms as an octopus”? You probably have too. So for those who, like me, seem to be constantly running out of time, a little planning can make life a whole lot easier and less stressful.
Wake up half an hour earlier in the morning. It may be difficult dragging yourself out of bed half an hour earlier than usual, but it can make all the difference. With those extra thirty minutes you do not have to rush and you can start your day in a relaxed way.
If you are one of those people who have a difficult time deciding that to wear for the day, pick out an outfit the night before. Accessories can also be layed out and shoes can be given a quick cleaning if necessary.
Bags and schoolcases can be packed in advance. This will prevent having to look for this or that item at the last minute and loosing precious time. Lunches can be stored in the refridgerator.
Another time saving strategy is folding the laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Experience has taught me that if laundry is left in the basket, towels and T-shirts crease, but if they are folded while still warm, no ironing is needed. The same applies for shirts, blouses and other garments. If put on coat hangers while still warm from the dryer, they iron so much easier than if left in a heap.
Next, I draw up a lunch and dinner menu. The first advantage is that I know exactly what I need and the second is that no food goes to waste.
I am also a firm believer in Post-It notes. At any given time there are at least four or five of these colorful squares at my desk. Whether it is to remind me of keyboard shortcuts or the deadline of a particular project, the yellow, green or red squares give my memory a boost.
Finally, and this is an important time saver and stress reliever: Do not try to do everything by yourself! Whether at home or at work, do not be afraid to ask for help.
At work, if you’re under a deadline, ask a colleague to pitch-in if they have some extra time. In my experience people are quite willing and able to help, all you have to do is ask.