You’re exhausted and ready for bed. You start the dishwasher, check the coffee pot for the morning, and call it a night. As you brush your teeth, your brain goes through the list of things you did not get done at work or home today. All those small chores and tasks keep piling up on your to-do list.
What if you could find an extra five minutes several times a day? Impossible? Not with a few easy life hacks we’ve discovered that could give you up to an hour back to focus on the things that really matter the most to you. For example, how about spending more time with the people you love, cooking that incredible recipe you found, or maybe just taking a hot bath.
We’ve all had one of those mornings where we didn’t prepare the night before and are scrambling to get ready for the day. Set your day up for success by preparing the night before. Lay your clothes and bag out for the next day, do a quick meal prep, and preview your calendar. You perform all of these tasks the night before. That way, you aren’t rushing to figure out what’s for lunch as you realize you’re late for a meeting you didn’t even know you had.
Time blocking your day is extremely beneficial if you have a lot to do in a short amount of time. It also makes it easier to plan your day and take breaks. Designate time in your day for your most important tasks and put it in your calendar. Work on it for 50 to 60 minutes, take a break, and then get started on the next thing on your to-do list. Only work on one task at a time. Time blocking allows you to increase your productivity, focus, and knock another thing off of your to-do list. Also, put buffer time in your calendar to think, analyze, take a walk, or just read an interesting article.
Every 15 minutes or less, you receive a text, Signal, Whatsapp, TikTok alert, email notification, chat notification, Website notices, and more. If you allow yourself to get distracted by one or all of those, you spend your entire day ping-ponging without ever finishing any one task. Alternatively, if you turn off your notifications, you focus on the task at hand. When you’re done focusing on that single task, then take 15 minutes to read and respond to all of your notifications and texts. with this easy life hack, you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are and how much time you unnecessarily spend on your phone, devices, and content. The same practice goes for email btw. Do not let email distract you throughout the day. Pick specific times to respond to and create emails, so you focus on that one task at that time.
How many of you waste your precious day off cleaning your house, doing laundry, and catching up with dirty dishes in the sink? You put off these tasks but then end up losing your day off. Instead, use your time more efficiently by cleaning a little every single day. Make one day a laundry day, dust your room after work on Tuesdays, or clean the kitchen on Wednesdays. The main goal is to do a little here and there, so you enjoy your weekends without worrying about cleaning the whole house. And for goodness sake, just wash the dishes after each meal. Five minutes, and you’re done! While you’re at it, make your bed as soon as you get up. You’ll love having a clean, put-together bedroom to start your day.
All good leaders know the key to success is delegation! It’s time you delegated some of YOUR work to people who are experts. When you are having a busy day or week, use services designed to help you save time and gain productivity, such as Instacart, Doordash, and Hello Fresh. Find services that work for you and your routine and use them to your advantage. If you order groceries once a month, it will save you about 30 minutes to an hour that week.
Life gets busy but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy free time and high productivity. We’ve given you a few ideas on some easy life hacks for home to give you back some of your precious time. Just imagine spending more time with your family, exploring a museum you have always wanted to visit, or taking your dog for a long walk. It’s 2022! Let’s get some time back to ourselves. What ideas or tricks have you learned or used in your life?