1. Pre-Cook Meals
It might sound like an overwhelmingly big job, but pre-cooking meals in advance really does save time in the long run. For starters, you only have to pull ingredients out and clean up once rather than every day/time. Set aside some time each weekend to plan your meals, buy groceries accordingly, cook, and store your food. Trust me, you’ll be so glad you’ve done this when you’re running late one morning and all you have to do is reach in the freezer and pull out your pre-made lunch! Check out Frugalitygal for a sample menu of one week’s worth of meals. New Leaf Wellness also offers 30 recipes for those interested in meals aligned with the Whole 30 lifestyle.
2. Plan Your Outfits
You’ll love how much smoother mornings go when you take just a few minutes each night to pick out an outfit for the next day. I don’t know that I could plan an entire week’s worth of outfits in advance, but planning the night before sure is more realistic and such a huge time-saver! The Crazy Organized Blog shares ideas for how to create a closet just for pre-planned outfits.
3. Cards In Advance
Take advantage of January sales and buy all the birthday and greeting cards you’ll need for the entire year. It may sound like a lot in the moment, but think of all those times you’ve had to make special trips to the store just for a birthday or thank you card. You’ll save so much time and money with just this one time saving idea. You can also consider an ecard subscription. We love Hallmark ecards (many are actually free)!
4. Schedule Social Media
It’s time for a serious check-in with yourself… how much time did you spend last week with social media and emails? Last month? Just yesterday alone? We all know how easy it is to get lost scrolling through all of our friends’ posts, pictures, and blogs. And don’t even get me started on emails! Set limits to your time spent on social media by setting aside a dedicated time each day. Hold yourself to it and don’t exceed those times! You’re going to be shocked at how much “extra” time you have again. Find some great social media scheduling tips here.
5. Delgate Tasks
The most successful organizations are those in which leaders know how to best utilize their own skills and how to also delegate tasks to other capable people. Drop the belief that you have to do everything yourself! Learn how to delegate tasks and turn your home and professional lives into well-oiled machines over at Talented Ladies Club.
6. Tidy Up As You Go
Make it a habit to tidy up as you go. Grab what you can as you go about your morning and put items away along your way. If you’re already walking into your bedroom, why not grab the shoes that were left out last night and put them away as you’re in the closet already? So easy!
7. Set and KEEP A Sleep Schedule
Being tired and groggy can really slow productivity! Set a regular sleeping schedule and stick to it! When your life and circadian rhythm line up, you’re much more capable of productive focus and task completion. Read more about the effectiveness of regular sleep patterns here.
8. Just Say NO!
Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by tasks put on you by others. You have the right and ability to say no when saying yes just isn’t in your best interest. For you people pleasers like me, check this article out about learning to say no. Life Hacker also share 9 tips for saying no without sounding like a jerk.