How I save myself time during the days and weeks ahead is by having A Productive weekend.
What I don’t get completed during the week before the weekend, I get done at the weekends and get myself ahead for the week to come.
I make sure I give myself some time in the morning and evenings to get bits finished, like this morning I did my dusting and on Sunday I cleaned the kitchen so I didn’t have to worry about it too much come Monday.
When I take my shower I have my shower cream, feminine wash and face wash already there near the shower to use and take my towel, moisturizers, clothes and underwear in the bathroom too, so I can take my shower, brush my teeth and put these on, without having to go into another room to do that. I have it all there ready, and it really saves me so much time.
After I have showered before I put my creams and clothes on, I brush my teeth as soon as I get out of the shower, which allows me to drip dry for a few minutes and then towel dry. Again really saves me so much time.
When it comes to scheduling and planning the days and weeks in my notebook and filofaxes I will do this on a Friday and in the week, as soon as I need to add something to them, or I know what I will be doing on those days and weeks ahead.
I put many of my to do’s in my To do’s APP on my phone and I can carry this wherever I go and don’t need to carry around a heavy notebook, same with adding appointments and scheduling my days, I always add these to my Google Calendar.
I use Google Docs to create my Inventory lists, meals plans, my budget which I update regularly to keep myself on track of my finances and my notebook APP to do my shopping lists.
I have shopping lists for:
- Items for Henry (my son)
What I can prepare for dinner that evening I do during the day e.g. Putting vegetables in a saucepan, have the ingredients we need out already near the hob and have a baking tray ready to heat up, should we need the oven that night.
In the evenings I have mugs ready for the night and morning, by the kettle as my husband and I will usually have a cup of tea during the night and then a couple in the morning to help kick start our day.
The Sunday gone I for the first time this part of the year got out our Slow cooker to make a Beef Casserole, which we do intend to do during the autumn and winter months.
I would recommend a slow cooker to each and every household, as they really help save a lot of time and on a Sunday it is just perfect as I do like to have some chill out time at the weekends too, especially on a Sunday.
So I took advantage and they are great because you can chuck everything in, prepare in the morning and all cooked and ready to service by the afternoon or evening.
All you need is:
- Diced meat (unless you are a Vegan or Vegetarian) so you may want to use other ingredients or make other alternative meals. Check out these links below to BBC Food, which has slow cooked Vegan and Vegetarian recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/vegan-slow-cooker-recipes https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/vegetarian-slow-cooker-recipes
- A selection of vegetables of your choice
- Seasoning if you want
- Gravy or stock
Whilst I am cooking I will do some cleaning, do my stretching or catch up on some Youtube, an audio book (check out audible, I love this APP and have quite a few books saved, as you get free credits each month) or listen to Podcast or some music. I will usually select one of my playlists on Youtube
I absolutely love her videos and content it is so informative and I do use many of her productivity and financial strategies. They really do help.
The other ways I like to save time on days and weeks ahead, and have a productive weekend is also use the free time I have to take my son out, so he can get some fresh air and exercise. If he behaves we go to the park if not we don’t and it is a strategy that does seem to work and our son will behave, he just doesn’t like going into shops at the moment, but we are working on that.
We are having some issues with our son at the moment and I wrote a blog over the weekend called When times are tough talking about it and how I deal with times when parenting can be tough, on my WordPress site: theparentingadventurestipsandtricks
This Sunday just gone we, my husband, son and I, had a lovely walk, walking through our local common which passes the railway line so Henry who loves trains, can see them and watch them as they go by.
We then went for our usual coffee, something we love to do at the weekends especially on a Sunday and then ran some errands.
On the Saturday we took our son to see the local football team, Leatherhead FC. I would recommend this if you and your children love football to go and support your local club or lower league football team, it is a great laugh and doesn’t cost that much at all, if you are like us and can’t always afford to watch a higher league team, then this is a great alternative.
This morning whilst I was waiting to go to my Diabetic Review at my local surgery, used the time to have a coffee, draft up this blog ready to type up for when I got home and then when I was in the surgery waiting to be seen, did some reading and checked some emails.
I also used the time before having a coffee and after my appointment to fit in some walking, as I like to especially since having type 2 diabetes (I was diagnosed last year) like to keep active and one of the ways I like to do this, is by walking.
I regularly post the steps I have done on my Instagram account everydaylivingandlifestyle
On my Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/Carries-Everyday-Living-and-lifestyle-261704010959953/
Walking really helps me with creativity and clear the mind.
If you would like to read more about productivity, then I do post a lot about this subject on my WordPress site called, everyonecanbuildacastle.
Check out these posts:
- 10 Hacks to being more productive
- How to manage feelings of being overwhelmed
- 5 Second rule by Mel Robbins
- Finding the right motivation
- 22 Productivity rules to help you get everything done
Here is a video by Jordan Paige talking about how she is more productive…without doing more:
She is like my productive and financial guru.
So I really hope you found this blog useful of how you can save time and have a productive weekend.
I would love to hear from others of how you save time?
What methods are used to help you be more productive?
How do you plan and complete your to do’s to get ahead of yourself aswell?
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