My tip for saving time is get up early and go to bed late. I know that sounds smart-assy, but I mean it. I am a very organized and efficient person, but it seems there still are not enough hours in the day. I think my problem is that I have my fingers in too many pies. The hardest thing for me to do is eliminate activities. It’s painful.
In addition, I take a long time to get started in the morning. I work at home, so I can get up when I want and go to bed when I want after years and years of getting up early, rushing around like a madperson to get myself out the door and to work on time (always 5 min. late). So I take my time. I need to figure out a way to stay up til 2 AM (I’m a night person) like I used to, to make up for the hours in the morning. Still working on it.
I feel I should contribute a time-saving strategy after all the griping I’ve done. This one is obvious, but may be useful to someone who hasn’t got it figured out yet. Even though I work at home, I still do my housekeeping on the weekends. If you want to get a lot done in one day, start the jobs that will take the longest before your first cup of coffee (laundry, for example, or cooking something that takes a long time). Then you can relax, have coffee, etc., and keep the laundry going or let the soup cook as you take on the other tasks you need to do.
Here’s another one. If you are a bookworm like I am, DO NOT sit down to read until you have your work done. You won’t get anything done. Your book can be a reward for having been so efficient.
Here’s another one: don’t waste time drying your dishes. I know, you have a dishwasher; so do I. But sometimes there are things you wash by hand. Put them away wet. I learned this many years ago from a very enterprising woman.
Here’s one more. Do your most strenuous jobs first thing in the morning. You will feel so relieved that you will think you have saved hours of time.
And after saving all that time, you will be able to party all night.