Tuesday, November 2, 2010

HealthyWomen Time-Saving Tips...What are yours?

With Daylight Savings Time approaching this weekend I have some tips for helping save time. The time-related challenge I always struggle with is dinner but I have a few of tips that have helped make dinner time a lot less stressful and save me time. I hope they might help some of you out as well.

1. I shop for all my groceries for the week on Sunday. I make a list of what I will be making for dinner the entire week. Then I go through and list the ingredients I don't already have that I will need to buy. Then I shop for it all in one trip so I have everything on hand and ready for the whole week.

2. I do as much as I can to get what I can ready the night before. So if I can make a marinade or defrost meat or make ahead the whole casserole so its ready to go in the oven. Whatever I can get done the night before.

3. I use my crock pot a lot. Recipes using the crock pot are usually so much easier because usually you just dump everything in turn it on and go about you day. Hours later you have a yummy meal. I try really hard to use my crock pot at least twice a week to free up time to get other things done.

Also I ask for help from my family. I give my son things to do while at the grocery store. Like ask him to pick out fruit etc. As far as my husband sometimes If I run out of or forget things and he runs to the store on lunch. He is very helpful with vacuuming and throwing clothes in the dryer before he leaves for work in the AM.

Recently, HealthyWomen ( http://www.healthywomen.org) conducted a survey of over 1000 women to uncover their busiest hours as well as tips to help cope with the crunch. Their survey revealed that most women feel most pressed for time in the early morning hours of their day, from 6am to 9am and many report the biggest time pressures during early evening, from 5pm to 8pm., when many families are preparing for and eating dinner, as well as finishing up tasks from the day.

HealthyWomen compiled a list of the top 12 time- saving tips

Domestic Duties
1. Make Fridays left over night – you will clean out the fridge and save time and money.
2. We know you want to be watching TV, but how about making that personal time a bit more productive? Use commercial breaks to squeeze in some of the end-of-day chores – sort laundry, start the washer, vacuum a room, unload the dishwasher, organize the kitchen counter.
3. Sign up for free automatic bill-paying services for all recurring bills such as utility bills, etc. Then set up an online bank account for free, one-click payment of all other bills - saves time, postage, and gas!

Running Errands
4. Combine as many errands as you can into one outing – grouping them by location and reducing travel time.
5. Ask for help! Keep a list of your errands and an ear open in case your spouse, relative or friend is headed to the same place.
6. Ride your bike, walk or run to run local errands – eliminating the need to take time to exercise later.

Communicating with Others
7. Set a schedule and establish boundaries throughout the day. For example, at the beginning of each conversation, tell others how much time you have available. It’s as easy as saying, “I’m glad you called, but I’ve only got about 10 minutes to chat…”
8. Make email more efficient – spending the time to unsubscribe for all the junk emails will give you an inbox with just the information you want, and less time deleting the stuff you don’t.
9. Take public transportation to work, and use that time to read, update your to-do list, or answer personal emails.

Health and Beauty
10. Reconsider your definition of clean and don't shampoo every day - your hair will be healthier and shinier and your shower will be shorter.
11. Keep your period light – at least packing for it. Wear a menstrual cup all day and save time packing up other protection.
12. Tried and true – set your clothes out the night before. Women who don’t can waste time trying on different outfits or having to iron at the busiest time of the day.

What are your time saving tips?

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and Softcup and received a $30 gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


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