What I Wish I Knew in College: Creating Time 3 of 4
Time Saving Habits
- Meal Planning
- Packing Your Lunch
- Laying Out Outfits
- Scheduling Errands (like gas, grocery shopping, etc.)
You know that health, wellness, concentration, and productivity are improved when you are nutritionally provided for. Balanced meals are a must. Consistent eating is also important. Staying clear of the hangry feeling of being hungry and emotion-management limited save you time and maybe save some hurt feelings.
Packing your lunch is an obvious way to save time and often money. It is not only useful in those ways. It can also maintain your meal cycle and mood. You can plan for your meals, include your favorite snacks, maintain your focus during work, and take breaks as needed. Your packed lunch is the reminder and the intervention.
The great opportunity is to reduce your wardrobe to the point where you don’t have to spend time wrestling about what to wear. If you took a moment to think about it, you would soon realize the time drain represented in what seems a simple daily task. Barring that revelation, at least take the time to coordinate outfits. Ensure that you have the needed items, they are clean, they are pressed, and they are accessible with relative ease. I recommend conducting this preparation on one day each week for the new week corresponding with laundry day. If not weekly, take time before bed to closet coordinate.
A schedule is one of the most misunderstood tools for time management. Most people use their schedules based on what they must do. My suggestion is to be more intentional about the things you want to do along with noting the things you must do. The difference is in scheduling your time. How often have you accepted the timing of others rather than fit them into your time? You looked at your calendar or planner. You did not have anything scheduled, so you scheduled them.
Set time in your schedule for certain events as they make sense for your well-being, scheduled tasks, and productivity. For example, set recreation for a certain night of the week. Grocery shopping is on a certain day. Filling your gas tank is a set time each week. This will save you time and help you remember important tasks because you are not taking up mental space with random or spontaneous triggers.