Happy Tuesday! I took this photo at a nearby reservoir and decided to add that quote from Ben Franklin since I don’t recall hearing that before. Aw…Benjie Franklin…he was such a wise fellow! Well, I try to stay somewhat organized and keep a few essential time management strategies in the forefront of my mind…most days. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorites:
1) Always go through your mail the minute you bring it in the house. If it’s junk – trash it immediately. If it’s a bill, set up an online payment immediately (try to only handle that piece of paper once). If it needs to be filed…do it right then. Basically, just don’t let your mail pile up.
2) Since they say time is money, save money and time by using an accrual budget system. If you know that a bunch of family birthdays, the car registration, and school fees all hit in the same month put 1/12 of the total in savings each month and then just transfer it when you need it. Do the same thing by averaging utility bills. That way there’s no stress in paying for the high power bill in Winter because you saved that money when the bill was less expensive in the Spring when you didn’t need to use the furnace/AC as much.
3) Save time grocery shopping and preparing meals: Always plan a menu. Shop for what you’ll need for your meals for two weeks and only go to the store for perishables between major shopping days.
4) Enlist your family’s help with housecleaning. Yes, I know this may be ‘easier said than done’. But simply make some assignments…ask and you shall (probably) receive. My hubbie knows it’s his job to unload the dishwasher. He has simply incorporated that into his morning routine. It always needs done…every single morning…because my job is to make sure the dishes are done before I go to bed. The teenage boys? Well, they’re a different matter. They need a bit more nudging in the helping out department, but I’m sure…subconsciously…they are watching how my hubbie and I both chip in with what needs done. I’m sure they’ll ‘get it’ when they have their own homes to keep up. And in the meantime…I just have to bribe them. :o)
Yikes! I just looked back on these four ‘strategies’ and think – WOW…those are just REALLY basic! But ya know, the (kind of unorganized) people I know would be so much more organized if they’d just do these basic things. Simple!
Well, have a GREAT day! Try something NEW today!
These are great tips, and I love the picture and quote! I think there is always room for back-to-basic tips. We make life so complicated sometimes, that it helps to be reminded of the tried and true! Thanks for sharing!
Oh man, if only I were that on top of it!
Ha! I’m sure you are… (probably more so :o)
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These are great tips! I always feel less stressed when the meal is planned ahead of time. Nothing worse than looking in the fridge and saying, “What should I make for dinner?” I assign 4 small rotating jobs to our teenagers and it’s amazing how much this helps me. I make a schedule for the whole month and leave the last week blank. When they aren’t home (the way teenagers are!), they sign up for what they missed in the last week. It’s great to know that someone else will set the table while I’m slaving away at the stove!
Great idea! Let us know any more that you can think of! Love NEW ideas to implement!
good idea about the mail…and maybe you can get your utility company to do the budgeting for you..ours does so it is the same each month and then debit or credit is given one month a year. And then it starts again for a year…they are quite good at predicting use throughout the seasons…
Yes, I think my utility companies may do that, but I’m not sure they return any credits.