Every year your schedule seems to get more and more packed. And despite swearing, you’ll find a job that allows you a better work-life balance, you continue to have an unbalanced schedule. Fortunately a little schedule and routine adjusting will help you find pockets of time to take back control of your hectic schedule.
At some point, you’re not going to be able to keep going at that speed. Instead of burning out, look for opportunities to to maximize your time and shift priorities.
6 ways to find time in your hectic schedule
Start with taking a pause for a moment to write down an inventory of all of the things you do each workday and over the weekend. When you’re running on a busy schedule it’s hard to realize where you could optimize your time to be more efficient.
Reduce the steps in your morning routine
How long does it take you to get out of the house in the morning? Are you running back and forth from room to room, or worse, between floors?
Stop for a moment and look at everything you do in the morning and the order in which you do them. Rearrange your morning tasks so that you’re saving yourself steps.
Instead of running between rooms try to complete a few tasks together before changing location. Each step adds to how long it’s going to take you to get out the door.
And you may need to remove some tasks from your morning as well.
For example, instead of spending time standing in front of the closet thinking about what you want to wear, make that decision the night or even weekend before when you’re not rushed.
Choose what you wear based on what you can wash together
Maybe this will sound silly but the last thing you want to do on weekends is spend hours waiting for each wash cycle to be done. The fewer loads of laundry the better.
You still need to wear clothes every day but if you choose your outfits based on what you wash together you’ll speed up some of your weekend chores. And fewer loads of laundry are Earthy-friendly too.
During the week maybe you want to focus on wearing all darks or medium color clothes. Or if you have enough clothes you can mix things up and do laundry every other week.
The key is to find ways to be efficient washing fewer, larger loads of laundry.
Automate your money management as much as you can
Paying bills can be annoying, and missed payments are bad for your credit score.
Considering setting up autopay for some of your bills as long as there are no extra fees.
And the same goes for your direct deposit. If you’re trying to reach a few savings goals while managing a hectic schedule splitting your paycheck takes work out the process.
Going paperless will also help reduce the amount of clutter you need to deal with each week.
Reorganize your chores
Similar to reducing your steps in the morning, take another look at what chores you do when. Make a list of all of the chores you do over the course of the week, along with some of those tasks you’ve been putting off.
Can those tasks be done at night instead of squeezed into the morning rush? Or maybe shift some of those things to the weekend rather than stumble through them after a long day at work.
Figure out if you shift things to a more convenient time or possibly group tasks together as that will usually make them faster to do.
Writing down all of your chores will also help you from forgetting to do something.
Set up a chore schedule and post it somewhere you will see it every day to help keep you on track.
Start doing meal prep to ensure you’re eating well
One of the biggest things that will make it harder for you to keep up with a hectic schedule is not eating well. If you don’t fuel your body and mind for the challenge, you will feel worse about the whole situation.
Having food ready to eat when you get home will keep you on track for eating healthy. Think about how many times you’ve come home and grabbed either junk food or just simply skipped dinner.
Simplifying your meal planning and prep also saves you time when it comes to cleaning. The fewer times you need to repeat the same chore the better.
Make the most out of your weekends
It’s easy to simply want to sit in one place and not move on weekends. It’s been a long week and it feels like time to slow down.
And while you need downtime, weekends are likely your best time to take of your chores so you’re weekday nights feel less stressful.
Take another look at the ideas above.
If you can switch up what you wear, your laundry chores will go faster. And meal prep may sound overwhelming but with a few shortcuts and simplifying what you eat that can get done quickly too.
How else are you finding time in your hectic schedule?
You’re stuck in a busy season and feel like you can’t keep up much longer. Take a pause for a moment to look at all of the things you do each week.
By shifting around a few tasks and making a few different decisions, you can find time in your schedule.
Two things that seem to go to the wayside when you’re stuck in a hectic schedule is eating healthy and exercise. With the extra time you find, make sure to focus on your health and wellness.
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