What would you do with an extra hour every day? Would you sleep more, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends? In today’s do-more society it seems that every minute is scheduled, but time hacks are available to help you maximize your most valuable asset – time. The time hacks below may even help you save seven hours (or more) per week. Invest those hours wisely!
How much time do you spend on lawn maintenance, mowing, weed-eating, trimming shrubs, maintaining mowers and other lawn equipment, showering when done? Add up all the time spent mowing, trimming, getting gas and oil, sharpening blades, cleaning up after, and you will find a 2-3 hour per week investment during warmer months. Quality yard service starts around $30 in many areas. Post on Facebook and ask your friends for recommendations.
A useful tip for visiting National Parks is to arrive early and avoid crowds at the entrance gate and popular attractions. It is rewarding begin a mountain hike at 8am, then look down at the lengthy line of cars waiting to enter at 10am. This logic can be applied to other areas. Instead of getting oil changes at noon or 5pm, go first thing on Saturday morning. Go to the grocery store Tuesday evening at 8pm instead of Friday night or Saturday morning. Time saved = 2-3 hours per month.
Plan your drive. Do you need to pick up shirts from the cleaners, take Tommy to swim lessons, pick up a prescription, buy a card for your mom’s birthday, and stock up on dog food? Instead of rushing back and forth from one side of town to the other, plan your drive so you go in one big circle. You may be able to cut 10-15 minutes of driving for each errand on your list (and save gas $). Time saved = 1-2 hours per errand day.
Do you go to the grocery store every day? It takes 20-30 minutes to drive to/from a grocery store, then about 30 minutes to select your items and checkout. One hour per day adds up to seven hours per week. Instead, keep a list on your refrigerator, jot items on the list when your stock runs low, plan meals for the next week, and save up to 6 hours per week.
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