As if by Magic…
Submitted by Jessica
Most of us feel like there are not enough hours in the day, enough people in our office or enough arms on our body! So today we will let our focus be on streamlining life so that it gets lighter, easier and more FUN! Yes, life can be fun. But it usually isn’t when we are feeling burdened and overloaded. Here are a few DELICIOUS TIPS that may significantly help you to lighten your load:
TIP DELICIOUS: GOOGLE CALENDAR
This one is easy Google Calendar! Free of charge, this web-based calendar is a VERY GOOD starting point if managing time is your challenge. You can plug in all your appointments, save the details of those appointments and Google will email you a reminder when that event is (or should be) happening. Definitely worth a shot! Gotta love good ‘ol Google.
TIP DELICIOUS: TIME LIMITS
Another tip.. give yourself allotted times to do things. For instance, set a timer for one hour to answer emails. Don’t spend more than 90-minutes without getting up for a break. After 90-minutes we lose efficiency. Another tip.. give yourself allotted times to do things. For instance, set a timer for one hour to answer emails. Don’t spend more than 90-minutes without getting up for a break. After 90-minutes we lose efficiency.
TIP DELICIOUS: TASK MASTER
I am a list person. So being someone of creative-mind, I have a million big ideas and triple that amount of small to-do’s that can end up on pieces of paper, which inevitably will end up in piles. The piles then ended up as an item on another list: #8) Sort piles of paper.
There are several software programs designated to help you manage tasks, so in essence it becomes your virtual to do list. These are very useful if you have other people who will be collaborating with you on getting things done. Whether it’s your family or co-workers, there are programs specifically designed to make everyday run a little more smoothly and efficiently so that balls don’t get dropped, everybody stays accountable and ultimately, you are running more efficiently. So there is more time for… yes, FUN!
A couple of such programs to look into are Central Desktop www.centraldesktop.com, My life organized www.mylifeorganized.net, and Basecamp, www.basecamp.com. Do some comparisons, there are lots and lots of great task management software programs out there. You may need to play around with a couple to see which one works best for your lifestyle and needs. It should work the way you work or it will feel like, well … more work.
TIP DELICIOUS: FREE YOUR MIND
Of remembering ALL those blessed passwords by using a trusted password keeper. We are a big fan of Last Pass. It’s free, installs onto your favorite browser, and will auto-fill all your website info including passwords, usernames, personal info and credit card numbers. It’s the BEST. It’s easily saved me hours I would’ve spent digging for information, as well as requesting and resetting passwords. I’m sure you can relate! You can download the free software at www.lastpass.com
TIP DELICIOUS: NEVER HURTS TO ASK
This suggestion will take some time, but will be well worth it. You’re going to make a list (one last one 😉 of all the companies you have a monthly service through, i.e. cell phone, cable company, internet provider. One by one you are going to call customer service departments. I KNOW! Deep Breathe. It’s going to be easier than you think. Once you’ve got someone on the phone let him or her know you are looking to reduce your monthly charges. Ask them to look at your current usage/package as well as any promotions they may have to see how they can save you some money. I can almost promise, by your next billing cycle you will be saving some mucho dinero, just because you asked.
Good luck! Feel free to share your stories with us here. We love to hear how much better life feels as your busy life gets light and fluffy and your flex spending account gets big an bulky!