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?
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?