How much time did you waste today looking for an ink pen? If you will just stash an ink pen in every purse, one near the phone, one in your check book and place an ink pen in any other location where you usually need one, you will save time.
That’s just one of the many ways to save time everyday. Maybe it wasn’t an ink pen you were searching, it may have been your car keys, your eye glasses or your bus token. Whatever it was you had to spend time searching for, that time could have been saved if only you would have a specific place to put everything. My mother always told me; there’s a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Those words of wisdom that I viewed as trite when I was a child have saved me countless hours of searching for things in my adulthood. That’s the second way to save time everyday-put it back where it belongs when you are done it, whatever the ‘it’ may be.
When you are getting dressed and a button pops off or you notice your hem is coming undone, do you have to spend time looking for a needle, thread, scissors or maybe a replacement button? Store basic sewing items together and keep a needle threaded with white thread at all times for a quick fix to a sewing emergency. Store your button in a see-through container like a baby food jar so you can instantly see what you have.
Storing a pair of scissors in each room will save time when you need to open a package, remove a tag or the countless other things you need to snip. A pair of small children’s scissors will handle most household snipping jobs and you’ll save time by not having to go and get the ‘big scissors’.
Stash an inexpensive lint roller next to the scissors in each room of your house and you’ll save time by not having to search for that item as well. Placing a lint roller in the glove compartment of your car, your desk drawer and in your laundry room will also save time and get you well groomed in an instant.
When you find a number in the phone book that is useful, highlight it so you will save time the next time you need that number.
Keep basic stationery and mailing items in a small Ziploc storage bag inside of your purse so any time you find yourself waiting, you can dash off a thank-you card, invitations or birthday cards. A small assortment of cards, a writing pad, envelopes, stamps and address labels (along with the ink pen I already told you to stash in every purse) can turn you wasted waiting time into productive time and you’ll save time by not having to catch up on correspondence later.
Save time by avoiding playing the waiting game whenever possible. Make reservations and print tickets for events online so you’ll limit the amount of time spent standing in line.
Have a designated place in your purse, wallet and/or home to store receipts, product owner’s manual, warranties and the like so if you should need to return a purchase or have a problem with a purchase, all the information will be at your finger tips.
And the last time saving tip I have for you today is to keep some projects near your easy chair to work on during the commercials of your favorite TV show. Read mail, clip coupons, repair small items, replace batteries, etc., all from the comfort of your easy chair. Keep a small trash can near your chair and save time on cleaning the mess you’ll make too.
You can save time everyday with a little organization and pre-planning.