To figure out where you may be wasting the most time, first think about your daily routine and habits. Keep track of how long you spend completing everyday tasks. Do you check your personal e-mail and/or texts multiple times each day? Or does time slip away while you’re organizing and/or cleaning different rooms in your house? By organizing your day, eliminating distractions and “outsourcing” household tasks to your family you can eliminate stress and gain valuable work time.
Create a To-Do List
Making a to-do list is a great tool to help keep your day on track. If your list is too long, however, it may actually prevent you from crossing things off. Instead of moving on to the next item, we tend to get overwhelmed by everything that’s still left to do. Try creating a shorter list for each day of the week and include only your top three work and family priorities each day. You’ll get a major self-esteem boost when you can cross off all three tasks, day after day, motivating you to do more in the same amount of time.
Group Tasks Together
Also, you can knock off routine tasks by batching them together. Don’t file each piece of paperwork as it comes; instead keep everything together so that you file at least five items at once, turning a five-minute everyday job into a five-minute weekly one. (I assign all of my filing to my 16 year old daughter and pay her hourly.)
If your morning routine revolves around the kitchen (lol!) take care of everything at once so you don’t have to make trips back later in the day to empty a dishwasher, make a lunch for school or prepare dinner for later in the day.
Grocery Shopping (*ugh!*)
Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite chores (right after emptying the dishwasher and laundry!) and it can be a major time waster for a busy home based business owner. But, I’m happy to say that I found a solution.
My favorite new time saving tip for eliminating the hassle of grocery shopping is a service called Fresh Direct. You simply go online to their site, order your groceries and chose your delivery date and time. So simple! Rather than spending hours planning meals for my family each week, grocery shopping and then unloading my packages (only to discover that I forgot to buy something!) I do all of my shopping online. They keep track of my previous purchases so I don’t waste time finding the items I need every week. They also suggest meals for your family and have wonderful homemade dinners which are perfect for the nights I don’t have time to cook!
Give Your Kids (and spouse!) Jobs Around The House
Just because you’re the person home all day, doesn’t mean that you should be responsible for all of the household chores. Imagine how much time you would save if your children made their beds every day? Did their own laundry? Emptied the dishwasher or cooked one meal per night? Not only are these time savers for you but they are also good life lessons on how to be more self sufficient and responsible adults.
In order to operate a home based business successfully, you need to work efficiently and you need support. Try to incorporate at least one of these tips into your day and see how much more productive you can be!
What are some of your favorite time saving household tips?