|What Kills Your Time?|
They say time flies and it's true for people are always heard complaining how they don't have time to do things.
Here are some tips for those who feel there are so many things to do and little time.
In theory your smartphone should save your time. But those time-saving devices can end up being major time killers. Checking your email while grocery shopping (or cooking or any other task that requires even the slightest bit of concentration) will actually slow you down-at both tasks.
While you are reading and responding to the flurry of emails you are not focusing on the grocery list. A quick 10-minute grocery run turns into a 20-minute excursion, followed by a nine minute fight with your significant other for forgetting half the stuff on the list, followed by a second 20 minute trip to retrieve said items...and suddenly, there goes an hour of your time.
Save the checking and sending emails for the time when you commute but not while driving or while you're waiting in the checkout line.
Looking For Things
The five minutes you spent searching for the warranty for the mixer you just broke, the seven minutes you wasted emptying your purse in search of something, the 10 minutes it took you to find your cell phone stuck in between the couch cushions-it all adds up in a big way.
Designate a place for your keys and cell phone. Have a box where you keep any receipts you want to save, and toss the rest instead of crumpling them in your wallet.
Those little spats over whose turn it is to clean up the puppy's puddle or who forgot to put the toilet seat down for the 100th time? They're not just annoying-they are a waste of time. A small little tiff about the dishes can magically transform into an all-out brawl over how you do everything and your partner takes you for granted-which, depending on how much ammo you have got stored up, could last anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 days.
To avoid clashes over the stupid stuff that nonetheless, still gets to you both, sit down together and come up with practical solution for your most common arguments. Make a list of all the household tasks and how often each should be done, and then divide them up. If you're always arguing about how much you spend on groceries, devise a budget together.