5 Time-Saving Hacks for a More Productive Day

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Though it is something that controls us, time is one thing we can’t control. You might often wish you had an extra hour in the day. Regardless of how many to-do lists and tools you leverage to schedule your day, things often don’t go as planned. Unexpected tasks can pop up, meetings can go on, and problems might keep happening throughout the day, preventing you from accomplishing whatever you had planned.

Before you know it, the day is over, and you have more unfinished items than you started with. Fortunately, there are time-saving hacks to make the most of your time.

  1. Set Productivity Timers

If you constantly end up daydreaming when you should be actually completing tasks, it may help to consider using timers. Setting timers will help you stay focused on a specific task and give you incentives to work faster. For instance, when you set up a timer for an hour, you will know that you have no time to waste. It will also serve as a reminder to prevent you from daydreaming and get back to work.

You should ideally set timers for work, break, and leaving the house every day. Taking breaks is a counter-intuitive way to save time. While you might feel like you are wasting time by taking breaks, you will actually save time as you will be reducing stress, recharging your batteries, and averting exhaustion.

Furthermore, Parkinson’s Law states, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Meaning, when you have a strict time to leave the house, you will likely spend less time getting ready every morning.

  1. Shop for Items Online

It is pretty evident that online shopping is one of the easiest ways to save more time and resources. You can avoid long queues, access a wider array of products, and compare prices more easily. Currently, there are so many e-commerce platforms on the web where you can shop for glasses online, place a grocery order online, or even schedule meal deliveries. The time you save can thereafter be invested in ticking tasks off your to-do list.

  1. Clean a Little Each Day

By doing just a 15-minute cleanup every day, you will be able to save a lot of time throughout the week. For instance, you can clean one room every day or do small things like wiping down the bathroom counter and the sink once you are done using it, tidying up a room before leaving it, and sweeping up just a few minutes every day.

When you clean every day, your home is less cluttered, so you won’t have to spend valuable time cleaning and repairing unnecessary items. In addition, it makes the task of cleaning the house during the weekend less overwhelming.

  1. Block Distracting Apps or Websites

If you closely observe how you spent a workday, you will find there are various spots for improving your time management. First, consider eliminating time wasters, such as browsing social media, sitting through pointless meetings, multi-tasking, checking new websites, sending unnecessary emails, and constantly checking your inbox.

If necessary, use a website blocker, and silence notifications. Emails and social media are two classic time wasters. It is often tempting to check your account every five minutes and become distracted by something new that pops up. If you want to take this time back, schedule dedicated times of the day to check your social media handles and emails. Additionally, when investing in the tools to do tasks, find ones that feature minimal overlap between tools.

  1. Get a Handle on Emails

Chances are the number of emails reaching your inbox can grow quickly and you might have to spend a whole day just reading emails. If you wish to save time, it is essential to create a system to deal with emails quickly and efficiently. For instance, you can ensure that you check your email only twice a day and limit email sessions to 25 minutes. Rather than putting aside an email, decide what to do with it right away. Also, spam unnecessary emails to avoid clutter.

If possible, find more effective ways to communicate. For instance, if your team constantly sends emails to ask you questions or cc you on email conversations, it can considerably eat up your time. Instead, simply ask your team to speak to you directly about anything important that needs immediate action.

Start Applying the Time-Saving Ideas

Time-saving isn’t rocket science. It is easy when you use the proper techniques. When put into practice, time-saving hacks can improve productivity and reduce stress. It can be beneficial to try out these various time-saving hacks and learn how you can implement them in your everyday life.

Loving Your Garden, For A Few More Weeks Of Summer

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We’re finally letting loose the bonds of lockdowns and for some of us at least, this has meant something of a relatively “normal” summer. (Whatever that means), and then just in time, we’re starting to cool down in time for the autumn and then the longer British winter sets in.  We hope that you’ve found ways to love and appreciate your garden during lockdown and to make sure that you squeeze the last precious few drops of summer from your garden, we’re going to take a look at a few cool ideas to help you do exactly that.

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AUTUMN GARDEN PARTIES

Even as the warm and balmy summer days start to give way for shorter days and cooler nights, there are still some fabulous garden parties to be had.  If you’re thinking of doing some adult entertaining, then nighttime dinner parties or cocktail evenings are still perfect ways to live a little outdoors.  It’s not that cold yet and with some soft, fluffy blankets placed in easy to reach places, gorgeous garden lighting to create unique and interesting spots and a cocktail menu that features spicy concoctions, you can still squeeze some classy entertaining out of your garden.  If you’re planning on hosting a party with kids, then pick afternoons where there’s still a chance of some decent sunshine and playtime.

FEED THE BIRDS

It is easy to think that with the onset of the autumn that that means a solid goodbye to any animal life, but if you happen to live outside the cities and in more “towny” or rural locations, then this is a wonderful time to set up a bird feeder or two and start welcoming all sorts of birdsong into your garden in the mornings. You’ll catch some migrating birds and you might even spot a hedgehog or two.  

FASHIONABLE THINGS

The change of season brings a change of style also and with longer nights and shorter days, you can start playing around with solar lanterns, hanging chairs and patio cushions made from textured fabrics that reflect the colours of autumn.  Rust, orange, dark red, brown and just a splash of white or blue will create focus points in your garden and invite quiet cuddles or solitary book reading moments.

PREPARING YOUR GARDEN FOR CHANGE

It is also time to prepare your garden for the seasonal change too.  Tidy up the hedges and get stuck into your lawn, rake away any leftover shrubbery or moss and start collecting falling leaves to make a leaf mould later on.  It’s also a good time to check all of your garden equipment and machinery before packing them away and if your machinery needs fixing, don’t put it off until next year, do it now.  So when you’re ready to reinvigorate your garden after the winter, you’ll be good to go.  Remember to check your mowers and other equipment for parts or broken accessories.  Mastercraft replacement parts are available from AppliancePartsPros.com.

We love our gardens in Britain and the change of season is no excuse to get lazy, there are still fabulous parties and get-togethers to be had and many wonderful memories, to be made.

 

Stay healthy this winter with hand sanitizer

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Self-care is one of the most important things to do. It helps maintain a healthy relationship with your mind and body. Forbes recently shared an article about the importance of self-care, including starting easy habits for a clean body and mind, from eating healthy to exercising or simply taking a break when you need it. I believe that staying healthy is a big part of self-care and, with that in mind, hand hygiene plays a big role in staying healthy.

Effective hand washing, not just slap-water-and-go kind of hand washing, is highly important. By washing your hands, you reduce the chances of getting sick and prevent the spread of infections and illnesses to others. So, by washing your hands regularly, you don’t only help yourself but you are also helping others. If you are out and about and you have no access to running water and soap, hand sanitizer is the go-to.

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Ocean Free is a UK hand sanitiser manufacturer and an ideal addition to your purse, backpack, or pocket to ensure you can always keep your hands clean and fresh on-the-go. They have a variety of fragrance-free hand sanitizers and scented hand sanitizers to meet all needs.

Ocean Free has liquid and hand sanitisers. According to Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum, “choosing the right-hand sanitizer consistency has to do with your personal requirements. For spray bottles and spray dispensers, liquid hand sanitizer will be the best choice whilst hand sanitizer gel would be better suited for day-to-day, on-the-go usage.”

If you are using hand jewellery and need to sanitise your hands, remember to remove the jewellery or perhaps simply keep it at home. As this article on the Diary of a Jewellery Lover mentions, it’s important to part from jewellery during our current times to ensure you maintain good hand hygiene. She added, “if you can’t part from your jewellery, remember to always clean it with soap and water when cleaning your own hands. Taking it off while cleaning hands and then putting it back won’t cut it, as might mean that you’ve decontaminated your hands again.”

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Staying healthy will help you enjoy life to the fullest. If you have kids, it’s also important for them to stay healthy. If you are wondering if hand sanitizer is safe for children, I’d recommend reading Let Them Be Small article about the safety of hand sanitizer for children, where she mentions that the main thing to ensure hand sanitizer is safe is to promote its safe use and supervise children when using hand sanitizer.

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