January predictably brings a flurry of ideas for New Year’s resolutions, but at the end of the day, everyone wants to save time in 2023.
Instead of a list of what to give up or cut out, here’s a different spin on it – five time-saving habits for 2023. They’re simple and easy to try. There are no right and wrong ways to develop habits. You need to find what works best for your life. Dive in!
- Plan your week
- Cluster your errands
- Set it once and forget it
- Batch your tasks
- Consider opportunity costs
Plan your week
Saving time in 2023 can start with zooming out and looking at the calendar from a macro level. Slot in meetings and projects that need dedicated work time. Pencil in one big item to cross off your to-do list every morning – the brain is primed to attack hard work before lunch. Working on a computer? Make sure to schedule lunch and stretch breaks—your eyes and brain need it! When and where are you exercising? If you plan, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Cluster your errands
Before you leave the house, think about grouping your errands to be more efficient. Get gas at the same time you grab a coffee. Heading out for ingredients for dinner? Consider what’s nearby. Get your nephew’s birthday present during the same trip. On your way to the gym, swing through your favorite express car wash. We consider a clean car calming, much in the same way a clean living space helps reduce stress.
Set it once and forget it
One way to save time in 2023 is to get creative about how you can eliminate some chores. Set a phone reminder for your car wash. Download our app, enter your credit card details, choose Unlimited or PayPerWash, and you’re set. You don’t have to pull out your phone or wallet after that. Dedicate a Sunday afternoon to putting all bills on autopay. Build an online cart with household necessities like toothpaste and paper products and have it delivered monthly. List your weekly meal staples and recreate the same grocery pickup each week. Poll the household for favorite meals and build a monthly menu. What are the no-brainers and the crowd-pleasers? Repeat each month.
Batch your tasks
Group similar tasks together to improve focus and productivity. Gather all dishes (or towels, or clothes) from around the house and wash them simultaneously instead of loading the dishwasher throughout the day. Pick 30 minutes at the beginning, middle, and end of each day to read and respond to emails. It’s more efficient, and you save time by not ducking in and out of tasks once you’re focused. Batch making your own lunch by cooking one pot of soup on Monday and eating it for the rest of the week.
Consider opportunity costs
Know what your time is worth. Is it worth it to make birthday treats for the team from scratch or buy prepackaged ones? Is it worth it to pay a house cleaner so you can save time cleaning? Is it worth it to peel your garlic from scratch, or will the jar of minced garlic suffice? Sometimes saving time is more critical. Balance what’s important to you.
What time-saving habits are you going to try in 2023? When you’re efficient, you’ll get more done in less time. Do you have a plan to always ride in a clean car? Join TommyClub today for a great start to a year of clean!