Time Management – How to Squeeze More Out of Your 24-hour Day


I just love Daylight Saving Time. Somehow, that extra daylight in the evening makes me feel like I gained more hours in the day. Isn’t that something we all could use? A few more hours in the day to get stuff done?

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Sometimes I feel like I have more than 24 hours in the day. And that’s what I want to share with you.

How to Squeeze More Out of Your 24-Hour Day

How much stuff do you have to do each day? Are you getting everything done, or are some things getting neglected – like time for yourself?

When I tell people what I do each day, they often wonder how I manage to squish so much stuff into 24 hours.

For instance, this is what I did yesterday:

  • washed/dried/folded/put away two full loads of laundry;
  • ran the dishwasher; put the dishes away;
  • prepped two 3-yard lengths of fabric for upcoming sewing jobs (separate loads of wash/dry/fold) ;
  • cooked a pound of bacon;
  • baked a loaf of bread;
  • made a pot of jambalaya;
  • scrubbed the bathroom and washed the floor;
  • vacuumed the entire house;
  • had a cup of coffee and hung out with my friend;
  • cleaned half of the garage;
  • did some knitting on a cardigan I’m designing;
  • probably a few other things that I forgot; and
  • still got 8 hours of sleep.

So now that it’s Daylight Saving Time, it got me thinking about time management, and sharing what works for me. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Part 1 – Calculate your hourly wage

Give some thought to how much your time is worth. I use the hourly rate I was getting at my 9-5 job. This will help determine if paying someone else to do the chore or errand is a better choice. The concept really hit home for me one day when I was starching and ironing men’s dress shirts. Each one took 20 – 30 minutes. Yipes! When I checked the dry cleaner’s prices, I found out that they did shirts for under $2.00 each. Guess what chore suddenly disappeared from my Sunday!

Some chores to consider farming out:

  • lawn mowing – my lawn takes me an hour and a half just to mow. Trimming with the weed-whacker adds an extra hour or more. For two summers, this chore got farmed out to a neighbour who is a landscaper. It took him a half hour – including weed-whacking AND blowing off the patio, driveway and walkway, and cost me $40. Bonus – it gave me 2+ hours to something else! For me, the $40 was well worth the hours I gained. (Your mileage may vary.)
  • housekeeping – this could be another time-saver. Even if you have someone come in every two weeks and do the major stuff. I tried this when I was juggling a f/t job and running the family construction business. It worked out great back then, but I eventually went back to doing it myself. I like housecleaning (yes, I’m weird.)
  • grocery delivery – OMG this was such a huge help when the house was being remodeled! A round trip to the grocery store and back takes me a little over an hour and a half. I used a service that has an online form to fill out, and had the groceries delivered while I was busy priming, painting and doing demolishing work on the house. The prices were the same as in the store, and delivery was an average of $8.00.

So, what’s your time worth? Can you think of any chores that you are doing where it would be more cost-effective to hire someone else to do?

How many hours would you get back?


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6 thoughts on “Time Management – How to Squeeze More Out of Your 24-hour Day

  • Ann Stoll

    Time management is something everyone should learn. This time of year, I struggle with getting stuff done because i tend to get the blahs. I wish I could have groceries delivered, but we live too far away, I’m afraid. I might need to check into this.

  • Meredith

    Great tips! I am not a fan of ironing – so I usually buy clothing items that don’t require it! My friend and I sometimes do our big weekend grocery shopping together — nice to catch up with a friend and makes the task less tedious!

    • Donna Post author

      Grocery shopping with a friend is a great idea and something I used to do a while back. We would get HUGE packages of meat and split them between us. Good way to save money AND catch up with a friend. 🙂

  • Donna DeRosa

    We all get 24 hours in a day but somehow we don’t all achieve the same amount of things. I would love to “outsource” my cleaning. But I actually don’t mind food shopping or cooking.

    • Donna Post author

      Maybe we should do a swap. I’d rather scrub the kitchen floor than go to the grocery store!