5 Ways to Get an ‘Extra Hour’ in Your Day

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These 5 simple tricks will save tons of time at the end of the day.

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” is a common refrain moms everywhere are all too familiar with.

As soon as the alarm goes off, the day unravels into a non-stop flurry of activity, from getting yourself and the kids ready for the day, to returning home, cooking dinner and preparing to start the whole crazy process all over again.

And then there are those people who seem to have found a way to freeze time to fit in that extra errand, or take that spin class first thing in the morning while you’re hitting the snooze button for the umpteenth time.

What’s their secret?

They probably create a routine that relies on time and expectation management. By knocking out a few micro tasks in one fell swoop and being realistic about how much you can expect to get done in a day, you’ll be able to get more done every day.

1. Plan Your Outfits the Night Before
Save yourself some time by laying out the outfit you plan to wear for work before you go to bed, down to your accessories. The less time you spend digging through your closet and drawers in the morning, the more time you have to leave your home (maybe with a few minutes to spare).

Time saved: 10 minutes

2. Write Three Things You Want to Finish
You can’t get everything done in one day. However, you can try to complete at least three important tasks each day. Identify what those important tasks are and focus your energy on making sure those get done as expertly as possible.

Not only will you feel great about knocking out those major tasks — anything you can do after those high-priority tasks will make you feel even more productive.

Time saved: up to an hour

3. Start up Your Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are a gift to busy parents everywhere. Since they use a low wattage to safely cook your meals, manufacturers say they are safe to leave unattended for up to 10 hours — as long as you take proper precautions such as cooking on a level and sturdy surface.

Find a great slow cooker recipe, toss the ingredients in in the morning, leave it on low heat throughout the day and come home to a savoury meal that’s ready to be served to your family.

Time saved: up to two hours in food preparation

4. Clear out Your Inbox Clutter
We all know that managing your email can take up a huge chunk of your workday, but how many of those emails are really worthy of that time? Take control of your inbox and your time by using filters that allow you to keep what’s unimportant out of your email.

Time saved: up to 30 minutes

5. Wash Dishes as You Cook
It’s tempting to let the dishes pile up as you prepare dinner with promises that you’ll get to them later, But save yourself time by washing every utensil, pot and plate that ends up in your sink as you’re cooking — it will leave you with less to clean after dinner is done.

You can even make clean-up into a family affair by tapping into your kids’ competitive side to see how fast they can wash and put away dishes as you cook.

If you’re using your dishwasher, eliminate the need to prewashing.

Time saved: 15-20 minutes

Do you have any favourite time saving tips? Please share in the comments!

Source : P&G Everyday Website, by Anthonia Akitunde, May 23rd, 2014.

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