Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible.
We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. Here are eight tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life.
Decide what you really want to spend your time on
The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want.
Organise that private life
Most of us are very organised at work but fail to plan our private life. Make a daily list of tasks for the house, including chores, meal prepping and grocery shopping. Doing all the chores over a weekend can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list to help you plan and save time.
Do a little everyday
Don’t try to spring clean the entire house on a Monday evening, but also don’t leave the dishes lying in the sink for three days. Do a little every day to save up for the weekend.
Instead of heading in the shops with an idea of what you need, create a comprehensive list. This will save you time and money with less impulse buys! Try to groups products together that are often in the same aisle, like meat and yogurt. This will keep you from running up and down and reduce the chances of getting distracted and buying that three packs of chips.
You can also divide the list into a weekly list for expiring items, such as vegetables and fruits, and a monthly list for the rest. Buying in bulk once a month also offers you the opportunity to save time on daily trips to the corner shop.
Take advantage of packaged goods
While you’re making your shopping list, be sure to include a good variety of packaged goods. Not only can they help keep your food safe for much longer but can make life so much easier. Packaged tomato puree, peeled garlic, canned pineapples – the list is endless. Some can even save you when you suddenly have to go out by providing a quick snack on the go. Milk and juice boxes for school runs are simple and convenient.
YouTube and Pinterest have no end of helpful ways to cook food in batches so that meals last you the whole week, which effectively translates to less time preparing meals and more time for you. Even if you don’t want to cook for the entire week on a Monday, cook a little extra and take the leftovers to work or eat it the following night. You can spend the Tuesday in the tub with a book.
Exercise anytime, anywhere
Health and fitness are major concerns these days as we lead healthier lives to protect what’s good. Yet, we don’t always seem to find that hour a day to work out. Try and fit in a little exercise where ever you can.
Walk to the corner shop, do squats, lunges or stretches at the desk in your office or take the stairs in the morning instead of the elevator. It frees up time, makes it fun, and healthy bodies are healthy minds that help us work smarter.
Take help where you can
It may seem like an easy way out, but don’t be shy to ask for help. The online explosion means there are all kinds of services that may help us plan events, fetch or deliver packages, or get the weekly shop delivered right to your door or have it waiting for you when you arrive at the retailer. It’s smart and it saves tension and hours of research.