How to Get More Done in a Week
Errand Day is one day each week to focus your time and energy to ‘knock off’ things that could take longer to do at other times. The concept is to block off half a day to do the recurring ‘chores’ that need to be done but often distract you or take too much time on busier days. This is an example of an ‘Errand Day’ that one person uses every Saturday morning. That day and time are chosen because there is less traffic and fewer line ups to contend with. And, chores are gotten out of the way in the morning to free up a nice weekend. Now, let’s get started!
7:30 – Throw in a load of laundry, toss rotten food from the fridge, put out trash and recycle.
8:00 – Hit the grocery store, with a list.
Bonus: this is the time the store bakers pull the warm bread out of the oven!
9:00 – Unpack the groceries, put the laundry in dryer and do the next load
9:30 – Prep some food for the week, for example: cut up veggies, make sandwiches, bake egg cups for breakfast (see below). Do those food things that you dread doing or don’t have time to do in the evenings.
Grab & Go Egg Bites
Make breakfast easy all week by having these prepared and ready to heat up in 30 seconds. The cheese and bacon can be swapped – try Spinach and feta!
7 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack & cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 cup real cooked bacon bits
DIRECTIONS  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs until smooth. Add the salt, milk, 1 cup cheese and bacon bits and mix until well combined.  Spoon the mixture into the mini muffin cups, filling each one 2/3 full. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup cheese evenly over filled muffin cups.  Bake for 23-25 minutes or until the tops and edges start to turn golden. Let set in pan 5 minutes before gently lifting each one out with a table knife.
10:00 – Plan your clothes for the week! Yes, just like you did for your kids when they were little. Check the weather for the week, then on one hanger, place the pants or skirt, top and necklace for one outfit for each day. Place the 4-5 hangers on a hook on the back of a closet door. This is life-changing! No more time staring at your closet with blurry eyes and a foggy head wondering what to wear for the day.
10:30 – Final errands:
• Dry cleaner, post office, repair shop. Pick up and drop off when lines are shorter (Lunch hours and after work on weekdays can be brutal!)
• Fill up the car, even if you have half a tank. You probably won’t have to stop during the week, and it seems tanks run dry at the most inopportune times!
• Car wash. Even if you don’t think you need it, you probably do. And you will be so happy when people you may have to drive during the week comment on your clean car.
11:30 – Confirm appointments for the week. Review your calendar and text or email all your appointments, including dog walker, cleaning lady, sitters, dentist and handyman.
12:00 – You are done and ready for lunch and a great weekend.
According to a Timex survey, Americans wait
21 minutes for a significant other to get ready to go out.
13 hours annually waiting on hold for a customer service representative.
38 hours each year waiting in traffic
10 years of their life waiting in line. Source: brainboost.com