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Time is a precious commodity right now. Well, let’s face it, it always has been, but especially now with two kids, a full-time job and blogging. I’ve been focusing on finding ways to spend my time more intentionally lately and I want to share some of what’s been working for me.
Ways to save time:
- Sign up for subscriptions for things you buy all the time, especially if there’s a discount. I have a subscription for diapers that I set to ship every four weeks so that I don’t even need to think about it.
- Prioritize and then use time blocking for similar tasks. I do this for cleaning and blogging, but it can work for any aspect of your life. I put off cleaning certain parts of the house until I have a free window of time and try not to stress about not it.
- Declutter and shop less. The less stuff you have, the less time you spend maintaining, cleaning and organizing it. Too much of our time is spent putting things away or trying to find our stuff.
- Simplify your time commitments. Analyze whether you can cut back on activities. Is there anything you can cancel?
- Outsource tasks if you can afford it. Or divide and conquer with time blocking or with other people in your household. Graham and I do this with household tasks or even with taking care of both girls. He might get V ready for bed, for example, while I get A to sleep.
- Meal plan or cook easy meals. I am not a meal planner but of course it can save time during the week. I choose to save time by simplifying my meals so I’m not spending more than 20 minutes preparing dinner. I have tried a meal delivery service in the past and enjoyed it.
- Use services like Shipt when needed. Maybe shopping this week is the task you need to outsource. I’ve recently been using Shipt to order essentials from stores like Target. You can order from other stores as well. I have used Shipt several times in the past months and it’s been a life saver, especially when Graham would take the car to work but I needed some things from the store. (We are a single car household.) You can search for the items you need or put in a spcial request if you don’t see it online. Once your cart is complete, you select an available one-hour time window for delivery. A shopper then claims your delivery and you receive a text from him/her. While shopping, he or she might send a text if an item is not in stock. The shopper can select a substitution with your permission, or you can skip that item. Then he or she checks out and lets you know he or she is on the way. Easy! My drivers have been courteous and so friendly. I was carrying the baby, so they set my items on my table or counter for me. A tip is not required but is always appreciated. (You can add it online once you rate the shopper afterward.) By the way, Shipt is available in 170 cities and counting. Also, my membership was free for six months with a promotion at a store and shipping is free with orders over $35. I only order if I need that much.
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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