Here’s a few more ideas in my time saving tips series that you can use to help you lose pregnancy weight by giving you more time to spend on yourself. Unfortunately there is and will only ever be 24 hours in a day and of those hours, we need to sleep for some of them.
You can’t make more time… that’s a fact, but by getting yourself properly organized you can get more out of the time you do have.
4. Make Notes and ‘To Do’ Lists
Always, keep a notepad and a pen handy. When you think of something you need to do, write it down to give yourself a gentle reminder.
Allocate some time each evening for planning the things you need to do the next day as this saves time the following morning.
You should also prioritize each day’s tasks with the most important ones at the top of the list or highlighted in some way. Write your lists down on a new page of a notepad and cross them off when you have completed each task.
This can be a very rewarding process as well as really organizing the things you need to do each day. You may not be able to complete your ‘to do’ list each day, but don’t worry, simply add anything you don’t get done to the following days list. You can also write down any extra tasks so you can do them if you find you have any unexpected free time.
You could also attach a plain sheet of paper to a notice board in the kitchen or on to the fridge and start making a list of all the things you run out of such as baby wipes, nappies, foods etc. When you next need to go shopping it will be a much easier job to simply take the list and buy what you need.
5. Don’t Waste Precious Time
Do a time and motion study on yourself for a few days and carefully analyze how you use up your precious time. Do you waste time by:-
- Laying in bed for an extra 20 minutes in the morning after you have woken up
- Spending time searching for missing objects
- Repeating the same tasks but never really doing them completely, like the washing up or ironing
- Forgetting to buy something every time you go to the shops.
Keep track of all the ways you waste time and then write your findings down
6. Buy Yourself a Diary
An extremely effective way of becoming more organized is by writing down all your appointments on to a calendar or a diary each day. This way you will easily be able to plan out events, meetings, social days out etc. Write down your appointments for everything such as doctors or midwife visits, hairdressers, dentists, meeting friends etc, so you don’t have to leave it floating around in your mind.
To your diary you can add all your telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, birthdays and special dates or events etc. By keeping all these details in one place, you won’t have to search through pages of books or loose scraps of paper to find the information that you need.
Look out for some more great time saving tips to help help in quest to lose pregnancy weight in my next blog post