Before the tips, a quip:
“Productivity is never an accident,” says Paul J. Meyer, author of . “It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
For more info about saving time and increasing productivity at home, click on Find More Time: How to Get Things Done at Home, Organize Your Life, and Feel Great About It by Laura Stack. And, read on for my eight tips for increasing productivity at home…
8 Tips for Increasing Productivity at Home
1. Think outside the box. If you don’t have what you need at home – such as a particular ingredient for a meal – experiment with reasonable substitutes. This will save you the time it takes to run to the store. For instance, when my husband and I didn’t have enough mozzarella cheese for our homemade pizza (which takes alot of time to make, incidentally), we used cottage cheese instead (drained of excess fluids). Now, that’s all I put on my half of the pizza! To save time and increase productivity at home, practice substituting unusual items for what you need.
2. Reduce clutter. Clutter decreases productivity both emotionally (by depleting energy) and practically (clutter increases the time spent looking for lost items, which is a waste of time). Find ways to decrease clutter – and be deliberate about keeping your kitchen, bedroom, and family room organized. For help, read Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter.
3. Work out at home. My absolute favorite workout DVDs are the 10 Minute Solutions series – you can do a quick 10 minute workout, or a whole 50 minute workout. Not only are these workouts great for your body (I’m developing ab muscles that you can see!), they save the time it takes to go to the gym or exercise class. For more info on these DVDs, click the image — or read 7 Tips for Working Out With Pilates Fitness DVDs.
4. Cut back on the chores. A few dust bunnies never killed anyone! Let your house get dirty while you pursue your goals, or pay a housecleaner to come in once a week. Of course, this doesn’t work to increase productivity at home if you want to increase your housecleaning productivity! To do that, try making a cleaning schedule that includes all family members.
5. Get rid of stuff. The more stuff you have, the more time you spend dealing with that stuff. One of my best tips for increasing productivity at home is to buy fewer clothes so you have fewer clothes to wash, dry clean, iron, and store for the winter (or summer)! Another is to get rid of the kitchen gadgets that you rarely use, but that take up time and space. Some kitchen “time savers” are actually time drainers.
6. Prioritize your activities. First, figure out what you want to do with your life! Then, create a schedule that supports your goals. Say yes to activities that are important to you and that will help you achieve your goals, and say no without feeling guilty to things that waste your time. If you’re a people pleaser, read How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty.
7. Buy – and use – a family calendar or planner. To increase your productivity at home, make sure your family uses the calendar and planner as well. Train them to write all events, activities, appointments, trips, and plans on that calendar…and train them to refer to it before making new plans or asking you questions. This is a great way for kids to learn to organize their own lives and time — click on the image for details.
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8. Stop watching TV, or limit it to one hour a day. This is such an obvious tip for increasing your productivity at home, I almost didn’t include it! I know how relaxing and entertaining TV can be…but it’s a huge time drain! If you’re serious about increasing your productivity at home, try unplugging the TV and putting it away for two weeks or a month.
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If you have any tips for increasing productivity at home – or any questions – I welcome you below!