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Time Saving Rules

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Why do some people get more done in the same amount of time?

Free up more time to do the things you want to do.

Time marches relentlessly on.  You cannot stop, capture or save time.  No matter who you are, what you do or what era you come from, there are only 24 hours in a day.  So why do some people get much more done in the same amount of time?  Tips for using time effectively fall into two main rules.  When you develop your own time saving tips under each of these rules will you start fitting more things into your day.  The two rules are: “Do more than one thing at a time” and “Use downtime effectively”.  Here are some of the ways you can put these rules into action.

Rule 1 - Do more than one thing at a time

Talk on the Telephone while doing Mundane Chores.  Hands free telephony can be achieved by mobile phones with ear pieces or land lines with head sets.  While talking on the phone, chores such as hanging or folding the washing, sorting your cupboards, washing the dishes or mopping the floor can be completed.  As these mundane chores require little concentration, you will be able to give the telephone conversation your full attention.  Time is saved by doing two things at once.  You have caught up with your telephone conversations and finished the chores all at the same time.

Make the Lunches while Cooking Dinner.  For health and finance reasons, many of us take a homemade lunch to work or school.  Save time and energy by preparing both meals at the same time.  It seems a waste of energy to clean up the dinner dishes then start making a new mess to prepare the lunches for the next day.  For instance, some of the ingredients may be the same for both meals, so handle each ingredient only once.  You save time by creating only one preparation and one clean up time for two meals.

Rule 2 - Use Downtime Effectively

Tidy your House while you are waiting for your Ride.  Chances are that while you were getting ready for that special occasion, you have made a mess in your house.  If you are waiting for a ride from somebody else, make good use of the time by tidying up your bedroom.  Hang up clothes, put shoes away and fold tops and jumpers.  Make your bed and if there is time, tidy the bathroom as well.  Whether your wait is long, or just a moment, you have used your downtime effectively, thus saving time in the future when the clean up inevitably has to occur.

Do Computer and Non-Computer jobs together.  File downloading and uploading, DVD burning, and program installation all take processing time on your computer.  If you continue working on your computer while it’s processing, it slows even more and runs the risk of crashing.  The point is, if you want to stay at your desk, don’t waste time watching the progress bar updating on the screen.  Do jobs that don’t require the computer such as filing, making a phone call, tidying your drawer or even reading a book.  Using this downtime effectively means that you get more completed in less time. 

“Doing more than one thing at a time” and “using downtime effectively” are the two rules to saving time.  Identify the “cracks of time” between the things you do and then find quick and easy essential tasks to fill these cracks.  Remember, efficient people have no more time than you do.  It is only how they use their time that sets them apart.  You may be starting to form some ideas about saving time under these two rules.  The instant these rules are learnt and applied to your own life, you will free up more time to do the things you want to do.



May 12, 2011 9:25am
In my mid thirties, I realized I had to make adjustments to my schedule, chores and time and it was a challenge in the beginning. Making changes usually is a challenge in the beginning. I like the picture of the clock and pennies. A little adds up to a lot.
May 26, 2011 6:42am
Time is money when you have your own business. Good luck making your changes! I hope it goes well!
May 12, 2011 3:30pm
I have always been a multitasker but still have problems fitting everything into my day. Thanks for the tips.
May 26, 2011 6:39am
I think women are naturally good at multi tasking!
May 13, 2011 11:53pm
Good advice - easily understandable and readily applicable. Thank you for writing so clearly!
May 26, 2011 6:38am
Good luck getting organised and fitting more into your day!
May 14, 2011 6:31pm
Some handy tips - I never seem to have enough time to do all I want to do. Drives me nuts.
May 26, 2011 6:37am
Your welcome
May 22, 2011 9:41pm
This article is right on and "timely" for me. I am always late in getting things done or being somewhere and have been striving to correct that behavior. Thank you for the tips and congratulations on the Front Page!
May 26, 2011 6:29am
Thanks Venetia. Your comment has inspired my next article which I will write very soon. Thanks for the congratulations also. I was very excited to get the front page. A big thrill and very nice to think I am inspiring others get organised.
May 23, 2011 4:57pm
Some great tips. Like a time and motion study
May 26, 2011 6:37am
Yes - it is a little. The main goal is to free up more time for the fun activities of life.
May 24, 2011 9:01am
very nice tips I like most is
Do more than one thing at a time
May 25, 2011 2:41pm
Great tips. Another tip: prioritize, you'll get the same amount done, but you'll feel like you've done more.
May 26, 2011 6:35am
Thanks for the tip. You have inspired me to write about prioritizing in a future article.
May 25, 2011 7:29pm
Thanks for this article. I believe that most of us need to free up time to do the things we need to do. We usually seem to find time to do the things we like to do. :)
May 26, 2011 6:32am
You are so right. It is the everyday chores that are the hardest to fit in.
May 25, 2011 9:57pm
Here is some great tips. Thank you very much.
May 26, 2011 6:31am
You are very welcome - good luck getting organised!
May 27, 2011 10:05am
You can add cooking extra dinner so next day's packed lunch will be ready. I agree women seem to be great multi-taskers! Good article idea.
May 28, 2011 12:33am
Excellent addition. The cooked lunches are an excellent idea for the cooler weather.
May 29, 2011 12:59pm
I have to say, I do that a lot especially in office and it gets tasks done in a shorter space of time, but it can also be quite tiring. But at the end of the day, its worth it
May 31, 2011 8:24am
I have to agree. While multi tasking gets things done quicker, it also wears you out quicker too.
May 31, 2011 3:32am
Thanks for the lunch and dinner tip, I'll give that a go.
May 31, 2011 8:26am
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May 31, 2011 8:29am
It works expecially well in the hot weather when you have all the summer vegetables out like tomatoes, capsicum or peppers, celery, lettuce and carrots. All great ingredients for dinners and salad lunches
May 31, 2011 7:19am
Lovely article... time is a very important aspect of life. Thanx
May 31, 2011 8:28am
Life is not a dress rehearsal, every minute is the real thing.
May 31, 2011 1:39pm
Very good article!
May 31, 2011 7:07pm
Good article~ I'm afraid the older I get, the less multi tasking I seem to be doing.
Jun 1, 2011 9:47am
xloran i guess thats because the younger people will be doing the multi-tasking for you
Jun 2, 2011 6:08am
Time beeing money, combining chores whether at home or in office is commendable. In my opinion, I think young brains are more well placed for these tips than the old ones.
Jun 2, 2011 6:09am
Time beeing money, combining chores whether at home or in office is commendable. In my opinion, I think young brains are more well placed for these tips than the old ones.
Jun 8, 2011 3:04pm
Thanks for the advice. Hopefully this helps me in doing a few more things each day!
Jun 10, 2011 1:02am
another thign you forgot to add is to get otehrs to do thigns for you in order to save more time ;) It requires some good negotiation nonetheless!
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