How to find more time in your day

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This is not meant to be another gimmicky ‘how to find more hours in the day’ post here. But I do have a few tips that might help claw back some of the 24 hours in a day you do have. Alright.. so maybe it is a bit gimmicky!

Two things I’ve found that eat up your time are decisions and devices!

Two decisions that take up a lot of time everyday are, what to wear, and what to eat. You might have heard about decision fatigue before. Have you ever got to the end of the day and after dealing with kids or work all day having to decide what to have for dinner is just too hard? The struggle is real!

In what I now refer to as “the good old days” when we were in Melbourne, we lived literally around the corner from a supermarket. We went there every night after work to get stuff for dinner, it seems crazy now I think about it! Of course we were time rich then!

Now we meal plan a week at a time. I work Monday to Wednesday so we try and cook a two night meal on a Sunday that will work for two of the three nights so when we come home from work we just have to heat dinner up. On the nights we don’t have something already prepared we already know what we are eating and just have to put it together. If its something like a stirfry or curry then the vegies are prepped in the morning before work or even the night before.

Point being, the less decisions you have to make, the more time you will have (and you’ll probably eat better too!)

So, what to wear then.

Lots of clever people have blogged about ‘capsule wardrobes’, in fact Smaggle is doing a smashing job of writing about hers at the moment.

I can’t say I’m on board with a capsule wardrobe (yet!) but I work in an office three days a week at my ‘day job’ so I have three outfits that I know I feel good in and are suited to a professional office environment. The night before I get everything I need ready as mornings are extremely hectic getting everyone out the door for work and daycare. Not having to decide what to wear saves me a huge amount of time!

There are tons of other decisions or actions you are making all the time that you can simplify. Keep losing things? Put them away in the same place every time! So simple it is ridiculous but it works. 

The other thing that takes up a lot of time is devices. You’re probably reading this on one. I am hyper-aware of just how connected I am to my phone. It annoys me a lot, and I sometimes feel guilty about how much I am on my phone. But I also own it and if I am scrolling mindlessly through Instagram then I own that and recognise that I am actually wasting time. Time that I could be using to work on my business, write awesome blog posts, do some stretches, watch Designated Survivor (seriously how good is that show?) or even ..chat to my husband.

As I am so aware of how much I use my phone there are some strategies I have been testing over the past 12 months that I use to remind me that the life outside your phone is so much more important than any notification on social media. The first is deactivating Facebook. That little blue icon that you tap all the time without even realising it! Its easy to deactivate it and just ‘take a break’. You can choose to still be able to access Messenger, so you are hardly uncontactable to your Facebook “friends” but you just get a break from being so exposed to ‘everything’. When you are ready your account is auto-magically reactivated simply by signing back in. 

Have you ever opened Facebook and read something that has actually changed your mood? As in, "wow if I hadn't opened Facebook I wouldn't be feeling like this?". When that happens to me I know it’s time to take a break. You can take a break for as long as you like. Sometimes I switch off for a month, sometimes just a week or so.

If you’re like me and you use Facebook for work (to admin pages or the like) and its harder to switch off completely, another good trick is to make Facebook as boring as possible! I unlike pages that keep posting click bait and have unfollowed a lot of friends so Facebook just isn’t that interesting to me anymore on a personal level. 

Another strategy is to leave your phone behind when you go out. Seriously. Try it, it is liberating. I promise it will still be there when you get back (unless you leave it on a bus) Ah-mazing. 

There you have it, just a couple of tips to free up a little bit of extra time in your day. You can do a lot with an extra 5 or 10 minutes! (like prep your dinner for tomorrow night!).

Thoughts, comments, questions??  Do you ever go out and not take your phone?

- Jen

The Drop In.

This is one of the posts I've had written down in the notes section in my phone of 'random things to blog about one day'. 

So, the drop in. Maybe its one of those 'Aussie' things but a "drop in" is where you just randomly turn up to someone's house without notice. Apparently (and I say this somewhat incredulously) people used to do this all the time, and no-one ever gave two hoots about it. It was just what you did. "Let's go and drop in on Marge for a cuppa". Poor unsuspecting Marge.

The very idea of a 'drop-in' horrifies me right down to my little introvert core. Alongside phone calls from 'unnamed numbers', or actually maybe make that all phone calls.

I tried to work out what it is I don't like about it. I'm not some kind of nudist who might get sprung with no clothes on, or anything perverted or even just sleeping. We have kids so we're never doing anything other than playing trains, watching ABC2 or screaming at each other. Nope its definitely just the not knowing. Also, what if we had no milk for cups of tea.

But the thing that kills me is that some people actually LIKE being dropped in on. So when they say "come by anytime" - they actually mean, come by ANYTIME. Like anytime. Brrrrr. 

The only thing worse than someone dropping in on me is the thought of me having to go to someone else's house when they aren't expecting me. I tried it once and I'm still not over it. They took FOREVER to answer the door and it was clear that I'd woken them up despite them denying it (the bleary eyes and the lines from the sheets on their face was a clear giveaway). 

Once they'd woken up properly they seemed to be happy to see me, but it had put me off dropping in on people forever. Also, it was 3pm on a Saturday so hardly bedtime. 

My theory is, back in the day they didn't have any social media. So they had to talk to real people (I know, the horror). The only way to do that was go over to someone else's house. But not everyone had phones or they were out the back when you called and they didn't hear it ring so you just - dropped in. Everyone baked, and everyone ate real sugar and drank full fat milk in their tea so there was always food at home.

That might be how it came about, but times have changed people! Lets vote to outlaw the drop in once and for all!

So, are you for or against the drop in? 

- Jen

 

On writing again.

I used to blog - a lot, and then a little bit and then not at all. I still read a lot of blogs, and every now and then I feel like writing again, but kids - and life.

With a new website, and a new business I'm keen to start writing. 

I'm not entirely sure what direction the blog will take yet. Certainly some musing on social media and marketing, but there will be some wellness, productivity, positivity and nutrition pondering too. As well as my general life posts as well. I refuse to maintain two blogs so follow along on this mixed bag mashup of a blog. 

We'll just see how we go.

Signing out - Jen