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10 Ways to Save 10 Minutes in Your Day

by Nataly  |  5659 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Have one place for your keys, wallet, bag, and phone. How much time do you spend looking for one of these items each day? Create one space to keep all of these items and get in the habit of only putting them there.

When chopping veggies for a salad, make enough for 2 days. No, they will not be as fresh the second day, but you'll have saved time and made sure there is something healthy to eat.

What to do with your 10 extra daily minutes:

Meditate. Go into a quiet room (if you can), sit cross-legged on the floor, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. If you get distracted, try to stay focused on your breath and avoid letting your mind wonder. For other meditation ideas, check out this article from Body and Soul.

Write a nice card to a friend. I've talked to so many working moms who say that staying in touch with friends is something they often neglect to do because of lack of time. Sending a nice card letting your friend know you're thinking of her is a great way to keep the relationship going when you can't invest more time or energy.

Get silly with your kids. Five minutes is all you need to have some crazy fun - and it will probably de-stress you enough to make you more productive with the next item on your to-do list.

 

Have a suggestion to add to the list? Post your favorite way to save time during your day!

About the Author

I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!, a freshly minted entrepreneur, and an amateur writer.

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2 comments so far...

  • You had me at "10 minutes"! I am a firm believer in the value of small chunks of time (my website, GiveMe10.info, gives members a place to capture their goals and work at them 10 minutes at a time).

    I love your suggestions, especially the one about designating time for phone calls. This is a huge time saver and keeps you from losing momentum (I don't know how my daughter gets any homework done with all those texting interruptions).

    In tandem with designating time for calls, I keep a list of things I'll do while I'm on the phone (if it's a call that doesn't need too much concentration). Things like: folding the laundry, tidying a room, wiping down light switches (maybe that's just me -- maybe other people's kids don't have shmootzy hands!). This way, I'm not using valuable quiet time to do those things -- I know I'll do them while I'm on the phone.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by LauraGiveMe10 on 22nd April 2013

  • What fabulous tips Nataly! I already have some of them in place, but it's always a great reminder for those of us who multi-task to the nth degree and do let that ugly junk mail pile up!
    Oooaaammmmmmmmmm

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Rosanne Rust on 1st November 2007

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