How to Reclaim Your Own Time - My 5 Tips

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I'm always looking for ways to save a little bit of time here and there, and there are a few things that I go to time and time again.

Here are my 5 tips on reclaiming your own time

Online grocery shopping

I can't stress this one enough! Once you've done it a few times you'll get really quick at it and it saves so much time and mental energy spent weaving your way through a maze of trolleys, screaming children and checkout queues. Plus, you can do it in your PJ's - win!

Outsource your life

This is another biggie. If there are things you hate doing or you struggle with, outsource it. It could be anything from cleaning, gardening and dog walking to buying your Christmas gifts and decluttering your home. With a quick google you can find a person for pretty much any task. 

Your time is precious and this is a great way of carving out more time to spend on the things you love doing. Here are some more tips on how to get started with outsourcing.

A cosy bed with blanket and bunch of tulips - Time management tips for creatives

Ask if you can work from home a day a week

If your side-hustling, ask if you can work from home one day a week. You'll be amazed by how much you get done from the comfort of your own home. By removing all of the distractions at the office like meetings, 'quick' favours and general tea-making chit chat you can really get on with the meaty tasks you keep putting off.

You'll also save the time it takes you to commute to and from the office and apply a face of make up.

Just do one thing at a time

Eugh, that sounded just like my mum. But it turns out that she had a point...

Although it's tempting to multi-task and it might feel like you're getting lots done at once, multi-tasking isn't productive. One tip I have for this it to write a list of the essential tasks you have for a day and then fold the paper over so that you can only see the top 'to-do' - this helps to keep you focused on one job at a time.

Roses and vintage china in a country kitchen - time management hacks

Slow down

If you're struggling with a project or get to a point of writer's block when the ideas just won't come, take an hour out to go for a walk or just sit in your garden and see what's going on around you. It's brilliant for switching off while ideas and thoughts subconsciously percolate at the back of your mind. You might well find that a short break in the outdoors is all you need to get the cogs whirring again

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  • Did any of those points catch your eye? Find some time to try one or two of those ideas this week. 
  • Find the time-saving solutions that work for you and weave them into your routine. 

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