There are day, weeks and sometimes whole months when you feel like you are always running out of time. A day of 24 hours seems to be far from enough for you to manage to deal with all the things in your to-do list. This is why it is a good idea to have a plan for optimising your days when you find yourself in such a period. Read the following tips:
Commuting – traveling from and to work can take quite a while. If you use public transport you should dedicate this time to do something productive- you can catch up with some reading related to your work, or prepare or review your tasks for the day or use a notebook to write down any ideas for work or anything else that would normally take up of your time at home. However, if you use your own car to get to work, you should be very careful – getting distracted while you are driving is never wise.
Shopping – make sure you get all of your weekly supplies of food over the weekend. Going to the grocery store after work can waste a lot of your time especially if you go to one of those big supermarkets. Even if you need just one thing, it is very likely that you will walk out having bought at least 3 more items and having wasted an hour (or even more as there are a lot of people that decide to go through the store on their way back from work and the queue can be quite long).
Weekly household chores – in order to avoid making a big mess that you will have to take care of on Saturday or Sunday, make an effort to take something away every time you go from one room to another- for instance if you go to the kitchen for water, take away with you the cup from your afternoon tea. As for the daily dish-washing – deal with the dishes as soon as you have finished eating. Dedicate 5-10 minutes to regular domestic cleaning each evening, otherwise your kitchen will turn into a chaotic place and you will need much more time to put everything back into order at the end of the week.
As you can see there are plenty of small changes you can introduce to your daily routine that can make a huge difference for your life and help you to avoid at least a part of the stress when the going gets tough.