For a lot of people, life has slowed down in 2020. Long commutes and crowded offices have been replaced with working from home. Busy social schedules and back-to-back activities have been replaced with hanging out at home with immediate family.
Somehow, for me though, the change has been in the opposite direction. Instead of working from home alone like I had been over the last couple of years, I’m now accompanied by my husband and three kids all day every day. And beyond those circumstances that are wholly beyond my control, I’ve also been intentionally “busyfying” my life a bit over the last couple of months. After a long period of hermiting while recovering from burnout, I’m now to a point where I’m welcoming just a tad more stimulation.
So in addition to being a wife and mother and working on Solutions To All Your Problems, I’m now also building a second website, enrolled in a life coach certification program, aaand preparing for a transatlantic move.
My life is full.
But I have zero intention of getting burned out again, so fitting in adequate time for recharging is still VERY high on my priority list.
If you, too, are wanting to kick butt in the getting stuff done department but also enjoy plentiful space for R&R, here are my six favorite time saving hacks.
6 Time Saving Hacks I Use To Leave More Time For Recharging
1. I Take Time To Recharge
This may sound counterintuitive, but I firmly believe that the best way to boost productivity is …drumroll please… doing nothing.
When I used to pack my schedule way too full for an introvert HSP, the results were exhaustion, foggy brain, and procrastination. I would try to do a ton of stuff, but none of it got done particularly efficiently so it would end up spreading over an annoyingly long stretch of time.
When I’m well rested though, the urge to procrastinate goes away and I’m able to focus and whizz through stuff much quicker.
2. I Plan My Schedule According To Energy Fluctuations
Another thing that helps me accomplish tasks much faster is planning my schedule so that I work on things that require the most focus or willpower when I’m typically at my most energetic. Mornings are a high energy time for me – late afternoons and evenings are not. So if I schedule my writing time in the morning, I’m going to complete an article in probably half the time it would take me if I tried to write at night after dinner.
3. I Multi-Task
As a mother of three, various household chores are a huge time sink for me. But I’m almost never just doing chores. Whenever I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing laundry, I’m typically also doing one of three things:
- Listening to audiobooks or video recordings for learning or for pleasure.
- “Writing” – ie. composing articles or scripting videos in my mind, so that when I actually sit down to type, the ideas are ready to flow.
- Talking to someone.
4. I Order Online
True story: I went to the dentist last week and it was the first time I had stepped foot in any kind of business establishment for more than SIX months.
And it’s not like I had another household member running errands for me either. My husband has picked up some larger construction items from the hardware store a couple of times, but otherwise our family of five has been able to have all of our needs met by ordering online and having all essentials and even not so essentials delivered to our door.
Think about how many hours get saved over time by not driving to go shopping!
5. I Keep Detailed Task Lists
Do you ever find yourself feeling really busy and scrambling to find enough time for everything you want to do, but then when a pocket of time opens up, you actually have no idea what to do?
This used to happen to me all the time.
But eventually I figured out that if I kept a detailed lists of things I wanted to do and tasks I wanted to accomplish, then I could just consult my list and immediately have my memory refreshed rather than spending 15 minutes trying to gather myself and remember all those things I had meant to do when I found the time.
I keep my lists in google sheets so I can easily access them on my phone.
6. I Don’t Do Things Unless I Totally Want To Or Absolutely Have To
Last but not least, I have another twist on the “do nothing” front. My favorite way to save time is simply to say no to more things.
Since I started distancing myself from other people’s “shoulds” and expectations, I’ve been able to find so much more time for things I genuinely want to do, including plenty of time to recharge.
Guys, this is the freedom that awaits when you let go of people pleasing and start living intentionally aligned with your own values! 🙂
Do YOU have any good time saving hacks?
Please share your favorite time saving hacks in the comments so we can all benefit!