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5 Quick Tips to Save You An Hour Every Day… Really

Want more hours in your day? Life as MOM contributor Prerna offers some suggestions to nab an extra 60 minutes every day.

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Let’s be honest here. We, all, wish for more time in the day. we wish we had a few extra minutes to drink that cup of coffee in peace. We wish we had 30 minutes to catch a nap. We crave for an hour of pampering. A mani-pedi, anyone?

While I can’t give you an extra hour in the day, I can show you how to save an hour to do what YOU want, every day.

Nice, isn’t it?

Here are 5 quick and easy ways in which I get in an extra hour every day or whenever I need it:

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1. Eat My Frog… Early.

One of the easiest ways for me to get my extra hour is by eating my frog right at the start of the day. Before I open my emails, log into Facebook or waffle on Pinterest, I cross off my major to-do for the day. It can be one thing or three.

Knocking it off early helps me to have a window to do what I would want to do later on in the day.

2. Focus and Finish.

You know what saves me the maximum amount of time? Just putting my head down and getting to it. I resist the temptation to check Twitter, set my timer and just get to work.

Focusing on something, whether it is work project or a household chore, gets it done that much faster and voila, I have more time!

3. Save Time on Hunting and Looking.

Keeping things where they belong and knowing where to find them is another time-saving tactic that works wonders. I don’t waste time looking for the stapler because I know where it is. I don’t spend an hour hunting for my daughter’s grey stockings because I kept them where they belong.

This habit took me the longest time to develop but it has very good returns.

4. Use Technology Wisely.

I am a self-confessed traditionalist in many ways. I like paper-and-pen lists. I cook from scratch. I even make my own yogurt and cottage cheese.

However, I love technology because it helps me save time.

I cut down on personal meetings by chatting over Skype instead or eliminate a meeting altogether by answering everything via email. I read online or on my iPad Mini while I’m waiting in the parent line at school. I use Mindmeister to help me mind map blog posts and projects for clients and Evernote for clipping interesting reads or eye-catching visuals for inspiration.

Yes, I use technology to save me time wherever I can. But I don’t get bogged down in the shiniest app syndrome and more often than not, stick with what I’ve got.

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5. Write Things Down.

Finally, I save an hour every day, but not committing things to memory. It is the worst waste of time when you can’t remember what you had to do. Writing things or noting them down in a journal, notepad, planner is what saves my sanity and my time.

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So, now that you know how to get an extra hour every day, time to share with me what would YOU do with it?

What would YOU do with an extra hour?

– Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Check out her free eBooks on organizing and productivity to get literally, hundreds of ideas on how to get organized on a shoestring budget, right now.

Disclosure: Jessica from Life as MOM is an affiliate for Productivity 2.0. If you make a purchase through that link, she receives a small percentage of the sale.

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  1. Just this week I thought of several important things for the blog, didn’t bother to write them down, and they were gone from my memory just like that. Ahhhh…I got myself a small notebook for my kitchen. Hopefully that will help me as I can easily jot things down as I remember them!

  2. I do some of my best thinking in the car while I’m driving. So I open the Notes app on my phone and use the voice text function to get the main idea across. This way, when I go to write my blog posts or grocery list I know what I need. It’s also great for those little reminders, ie – to look for certain paperwork/receipts etc.

  3. Leslie M.P. says:

    Thank you for the good advice! I’m interested in the planner you have pictured with this article. Is it something from your book or somewhere else?

  4. Eat my frog early is one I’m working on. I prefer doing my blog posts in the afternoon but I’ve been finding that bad things happen in the afternoon, I don’t get it done, and then I’m working on tomorrow’s post at 8:30 PM. Not good. So I’ve been trying to do those top things first thing in the morning and it is working really well. I’m amazed at how much less stress I feel the rest of the day.

    But I’d still rather do blog posts in the afternoon. Oh, well.

    • Hi Patty.. It isn’t just about eating your frog.. it is also about knowing your productive times.. So, I’m glad you’ve figured out that afternoons may not be your best “work” time.. Good for you!!

  5. Elizabeth Kane says:

    If I had one extra hour in the day, it would be to rest and allow myself to do absolutely nothing if I wanted.

    Usually I’d give an answer like, “work, clean, exercise,” you know, the be more “productive” way of thinking. But I’ve found when I have the space to breathe, and a calm mind, I end up using my time in a better way. Which works out to better quality work, quicker cleaning, and exercise I actually enjoy. Go figure :)

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