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Make Your Life A Little Easier

January 04, 2011

Do you feel like you have more on your "to do" list than you have time?  Here are some shortcuts to help you improve the quality of your life and free up some time for what you really want to be doing.

Handle things once.  When it comes to email, voicemail, or paperwork, take instant action (read, delete, file) so you don’t have to come back to it. This can actually save you up to ten hours a month.

Try not to listen to the news first thing in the morning.  Depressing reports can distract you from efficiently accomplishing your morning routine (getting ready for work, feeding the kids, mentally preparing yourself for the day, etc).  If there is something you like to watch in the morning, tape it.

Take advantage of waiting time.  If you are going to the doctor, take something to do (work papers to read, stamped notecards to catch up on correspondence, etc).

Carpool.  Arrange a carpool for your child’s after school activities, this way you can cut driving time in half.  

Utilizing time at home.  Wear a wireless headset so you can water plants or pick up toys as you talk on the phone. Whether you are cooking things like sauce or chili, or baking cookies, make a double batch and freeze what you don’t use.

Monitor your "side-tracking" addictions.
According to the latest American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. citizen watches 2.6 hours of television a day. Reducing your television-watching time by five hours a week adds up to 11 extra days a year.  If possible, try and reduce your Internet surfing time too.  

Turn off technology during your high-energy time. Pinpoint the time of day when you are at your freshest, and remove all distractions (such as emails).  This way you will be more productive.

Write it down. Constantly cycling through a to-do list in your mind hinders productivity and creativity. Carry a pad or BlackBerry and jot down what’s got to get done, clearing your mind so you can come up with work solutions and new ideas more quickly.

Lighten up on your cleaning standards.  Aiming for "dirt removal" versus "perfectly spotless" can free up a lot of time. Wipe down the stall after showering instead of doing a big thorough scrub every week.  Consider washable throw rugs rather than carpets that need constant steam-cleaning.  Change the heating and cooling system filters quarterly to cut down on dust.

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