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How to Get More Done in Less Time as a Blogger (Part 1)


As part of the Time Management series, I wanted to share some productivity tips for bloggers, as many of you asked about this. All of these won’t work for you, but hopefully you can find two or three to implement and save yourself time and effort!

1) Create a Computer Time Budget

Just as I found it helpful to have a time budget for my daily activities, so I’ve found it so helpful to have a time budget for my daily computer times, instead of just saying, “I’m going to spend four hours on computer and blogging work each day.”

I currently have my computer time broken down into the following specific blocks:

45 minutes on substantive writing
1.5 hours posting time-sensitive deal posts
30 minutes on email
15 minutes on Facebook/Twitter
15 minutes on a writing project
45 minutes extra — placing online orders, reading blog posts, extra projects

I don’t always follow these time blocks perfectly. Sometimes something comes up which requires I spend extra time working on a technical issue. Or occasionally I’ll have a conference call scheduled. So I’ll shift some things around in order to accommodate these extra things.

But having my computer time all budgeted out, instead of just getting on and doing whatever seemed most pressing, has helped me to get a lot more done in a lot less time. In fact, some days, I’m able to get everything done on my list — with time to spare!

2) Do One Thing At a Time

I know, I know! Multi-tasking can be a very efficient way to do many things. However, when it comes to most computer work, if you want to get concentrated work done in an efficient manner, you need to shut out all the noise and just focus on one thing at a time.

If it’s your time to email, work on emailing. Go through your emails in order of priority and don’t stop until your time is up. If it’s your time to write blog posts, only work on drafting blog posts until your time is up.

If you’re used to trying to post or email while you have a bunch of applications open and constantly dinging at you, you’ll likely be surprised at just how much work you can get done in a distraction-free 20-30-minute concentrated block of time.

And once you get in the habit of doing one thing at a time, you’ll learn where your fizzle out point is when you need to stop and take a break or stop for the day in order to come back to it refreshed and energized. Personally, I’ve found that I do best by working in 20-30 minute blocks and then rewarding myself with a short 5-minute break to check email or Facebook. If I’m working on an in-depth project which requires a lot of brain power, I’ll often set the timer for 20 minutes and work on it and then set the timer for 15 minutes and worth on cleaning up or doing laundry.

3) Tame the Email Monster

A) Eliminate Unnecessary Emails

-Go into your Twitter account and change your settings so that you don’t get notified when someone follows you.

-Go into your Facebook settings and change your notifications so that you don’t get emailed when anyone does anything but replies to one of your posts or sends you a private message.

-Unsubscribe from all email lists which you don’t actively read the emails and benefit from.

-Turn off notifications when someone subscribes or unsubscribes from your YouTube or email newsletter service.

-Set up a very comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page which answers a large number of questions people routinely email you about. Put this in very conspicuous places on your site including smack-dab in the middle of your Contact page. While plenty of people will disregard this, I promise that it will at least cut down on some of your email load.

-Have a search button in a very obvious place on the sidebar of your blog. This encourages people to search for that post or recipe themselves of emailing in to ask you for the link.

B) Don’t Feel Obligated to Answer All Your Emails

State on your Contact page that you aren’t able to answer much of your email. This frees you up from feeling obligated to answer every email which comes in.

C) Keep Your Inbox Cleaned Out

I shoot for having less than 10 emails in my inbox at all times. If they are in my inbox, it means they need to be dealt with within the next 24 hours.

When I check my email, I deal with emails immediately. I either respond, if I have a minute and only a sentence or two is required in response, I archive them if no response is necessary, or I file them in my “To Answer” file in Gmail if a response is necessary but I don’t have time to respond at the moment. Once a week, usually on Saturdays, I try clean out the entire “To Answer” file so that it’s completely empty.

This system works well for me as it helps me to not be bogged down with a lot of emails not requiring an immediate response in my inbox. And it ensures — most of the time, at least! — that nothing highly important gets overlooked or lost in a sea of emails.

By the way, if you’re going to take the time to answer a question in more than a paragraph or two, consider turning it into a post. Then, you kill two birds with one stone — you answered an email and you wrote a post!

Related: Amy shares more tips for keeping your inbox cleaned out.

D) Set Up Canned Responses

I love Gmail’s Canned Responses feature and I highly recommend using it. You can set up responses for emails you often receive and with a click of a button insert them straight into an email.

For instance, I often receive emails asking for my address or how to start a blog. I have a canned response all set up for these questions, so I just click the appropriate Canned Response and it automatically inserts it and in a couple of seconds, the email is pretty much answered.

E) Enable Send and Archive

This is another cool tool in Gmail. You can change your “Send” button to “Send & Archive”. Instead of having to push send and then go and delete the message, you can do it with one click, saving yourself a couple seconds per email. When you are responding to dozens of emails each day, those little seconds add up! See how to set up Send & Archive here.

I’ll be posting Part 2 on Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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To enter, just leave a comment on this post sometime between today and November 29, 2010. Tell us your favorite tip for getting more done in less time as a blogger or in any other facet of your life.

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982 Comments

  • Allison G. says:

    To get more done in less time, I make sure to plan my multi-tasking very strategically. I make sure that while my washer and dryer are going I can vacuum or do another chore.

  • Elizabeth Kamm says:

    I’m not a blogger anymore, but I love to use google calendars to map out our days. I set aside some time on Sunday afternoon and plan out the entire week and print off the calendars.

  • Rachel says:

    i try to simplify my tasks as much as possible, and not feel like a perfectionist. it doesnt have to be perfect, just dont nicely. 🙂 thanks for teh chance

  • Debbie Briner says:

    Making a list and having a goal of crossing off realist items based on time available each day. I put everything on my list from phone calls to disshes and laundry. this way I also feel the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day!

  • Rebecca Thomas says:

    Oh, I needed this post, I’m one to lose a whole day on the computer if I’m not careful. Thanks for this article. Oh yeah, the Windows 7 phone would be fantastic, too!

  • Kim says:

    I try to post 2 or 3 things at a time twice a day. Then at night, when my babies are sleeping, I’ll work on the computer for about an hour.

  • Lindsay says:

    The tip I can relate to is doing one thing at a time….often, I’m trying to blog, do homework, get the kids things they need, change out the laundry, check my email, etc, etc, etc….and I feel like my blog becomes disorganized or I’m not getting across the point I’m trying to make. Thanks for the advice! Does make much more sense to me now!

  • Another tip I read recently is to never attempt any task for longer than 90 minutes. After 90 minutes your productivity plummets, so you should switch up.

  • Amanda Bryant says:

    Stay focused and don’t let anything or anyone get in the way because if you do you will have a million half unfinished tasks.

  • Christine says:

    During our homeschool read aloud time, I read a chapter book to my littles, while they fold our laundry. It keeps little hands busy, so their ears can listen better!

  • Alyssa R. says:

    I get more done in less time by making time to plan! I make lists for grocery shopping then hit the store on my way home from work instead of making an extra outing in the evening. Or if I’m in the mood to clean or blog, I clean a lot or blog a lot and just schedule posts to go up as needed.

  • kellie says:

    Just like I give every dollar a name at the beginning of the month, I give every hour a name at the beginning of the day. It might just be from 9-10 eat breakfast, from 11:30-12 do laundry… etc, it just helps get me organized for my day, and being organized is what give me free time to enjoy the kids and Mr. Wonderful

  • Michelle Machado says:

    I try to get as much house work, and work from home work done in the mornings so that I can spend the rest of the day with the kids when they get home from school.

  • DeAnna says:

    my time saving tip is to carry “to do” items,like paying bills or clipping coupons, with me in the car so that while i am waiting in the looooong pickup line for my kindergartener I can take advantage of that downtime!

  • Michelle says:

    To get more done in less time, I make sure I always have my game plan ready for the week ahead. I cook meals ahead, I do my son’s lesson plans ahead (and print anything that needs printed), I designate certain household chores for certain days, I plan my thrifty shopping trips out so that I can run through the store as quickly as possible (and still get the best deals!).

  • Alli says:

    My blogging is normally just for personal use, but I do work from home and do a lot of my work on the computer in a database system. I find that keeping my workstation organized and making to-do lists helps keep me prioritized and cuts back on time.

  • Sophia says:

    I simplify by doing certain things on specific days. Staying focused on one thing at a time and not worrying about the long list of things that always has to be done!

  • Megan says:

    I always delete unimportant email immediately so I don’t have trash filling u space in my email. I check it twice a day, during the baby’s nap time and after bedtime!

  • Amy says:

    My favorite tip is budgeting your time like you do your money! Such an easy and workable idea but I really never thought of breaking out my time like that! Already made a nice improvment in my quality around my house! Thanks!

  • Miranda says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I like the email suggestions. God bless. ~Miranda

  • Oh, my goodness, canned responses! I am too excited about trying that out!! I am pretty good at leaving my inbox at a low number but responding to emails is usually what takes up my time! I would love to use some of these canned responses to save time for the more important, personal emails that I need to send.

  • Amy Morrissey says:

    My best bet is to make a list, otherwise its hard to stay on task!

  • debbie says:

    thanks

  • Patricia says:

    Prioritize and multitask!!

  • T. Rich says:

    I get more done by getting up a little early. I find that if I get up before my hubby and kids, I can throw a load of laundry in, pay bills, get dinner going, etc. I don’t have to stop in the middle of doing something when everyone is still sleeping. 🙂

  • Pat says:

    To get the most work accomplished in a day, stay put on one task (the most pressing one) until it’s done, and then move on. Don’t flit from task to task, here a little there a little. FINISH THE JOB!!!

  • heidi says:

    i try to plan ahead and also make sure i still enjoy it 🙂 the day it stops being fun is the day i stop doing it

  • April Lewis says:

    I allow my boys to put away their own laundry – jammies and socks and underwear. While it’s not organized or everything folded neatly – it doesn’t matter because even when I fold it nice and place it in there, they still manage to mess it up. Might as well allow them to put their stuff up – teaches them some responsibility and I don’t have to worry about part of the laundry

  • shawn'l says:

    Having a smart phone rather than a “dumb” one, as currently, I think would really help me out in my time management while out and about. I would love to be able to use the time while waiting for appointments to actually get something done.

  • Wendy says:

    I am in school full time and have 3 kiddos so I have found that I really have to make a schedule and stick to it. It took me a long time to finally get one easy enough to follow but now it makes things much smoother! That phone would be great and the 29th is my birthday! LOL!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I save alot of time and money when I meal plan for the week. I am married with two teenage sons and we all sit down on Thursday and plan the next seven meals. I do all of my grocery shopping on Friday and don’t think about it again for the week. We do not have set days of what we will have just a full week of meals posted on the refrigerator and we pick something and mark it off as we go!

  • Jill says:

    I love using coupons but I dread organzing and cutting them. I try to do it while I’m watching my favorite TV show. I’m still able to enjoy the show and I’m saving money!

  • Karen says:

    To make sure I get my shopping done in as little time and as organized as possible, I keep a shopping list on my fridge. On the right side of the paper, people put food items they use up. On the left side, they put non-food items they use up. Then on shopping day, I organize this list under store headings, putting a ‘C’ with a circle around it if there is a corresponding coupon, and then plan my route in such a way that I am not going back and forth retracing steps and wasting gas.

  • Megan Galko says:

    I am still a relatively new blogger so I struggle with the time management aspect of of it often. I find however, that if I devote my time to just the blog and don’t worry about personal computer items I can accomplish so much more in a shorter period of time, rather than being pulled in a number of directions at once.

  • Cortney AbouElSeoud says:

    I find the easiest way to get more done in less time is to PLAN AHEAD. I keep a cleaning schedule of ‘everyday’ cleaning that needs to be done each week. I also have a schedule of ‘monthly’ cleaning where I break the house into 4 areas and deep clean one area each week of the month. I keep these on my calendar on my computer, but my calendar syncs to my phone with timed reminders throughout the day. (ESPECIALLY useful for laundry!)

    For the daily cleaning I do things that need to be interruption free (such as…mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, or anything with chemicals I don’t want the kids around) during the kids nap time. By planning ahead, I’m able to make it work. I also plan a day in my week where I can do “make up” cleaning for anything I may have missed, because as all mommies know – nothing ever goes as planned!

  • Sherry Wilson says:

    Thanks for the tips! I do spend a lot of time on my computer, and these tips make sense, and make me realize I need to be on a computer budget.

  • Megan says:

    I’m not a blogger, but my favorite thing to do to save time is set the microwave timer and “see how much I can get done” before it goes off. If I’m baking a cake for 30 minutes, then I have that time to fold and put away laundry. It keeps me from procrastinating!

  • Michele says:

    I try to write a whole series at once and schedule via the blogging application. It is nice to know that your blog week is already done and you can concentrate on other things!

  • Melissa Logan says:

    I don’t blog…but a calander is my best friend as far as getting things done on time!

  • Lora says:

    Scheduling chores in our family of 9 kids, and having certain times each day that we work on them, helps us get lots done in small amounts of time. Also, multi-tasking helps lots (such as cleaning the bathroom while little ones bathe in the tub).

  • patty says:

    very good tips. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kristina N. says:

    I know that it’s not very original, but I do menu planning every week. It helps so much with time management and it helps save me money!

  • Laura says:

    I am considering starting a blog so this post was very helpful! I like to get as much info as I can before jumping into something. The tip I like most, because I can use it now even blogless, is to set your facebook to stop alerting you via email. I didn’t realize I could pick what alerts I get. THANKS!

  • Tara says:

    As a blogger, I try to stay ahead at least 2 or 3 posts so that I constantly have something fresh and new to post. And this way I am not scrambling to put together a post. 🙂

  • Heather G says:

    I am a list-maker…I feel more accomplishment when I can mark things off my list, so I tend to do them quickly and then move on to my longer tasks or start on my “what I’d like to do” list 🙂

  • Nora says:

    I don’t do facebook/twitter because they waste too much time

  • Gina Maddox says:

    I always have a plan for how I want to spend my time online. That way I don’t get carried away and my time isn’t spent aimlessly.

  • Jennifer says:

    While I am not a blogger yet, I love reading all your posts so when my “time” comes, I feel I will have a better focus on how to start, and balance the demands that come from all aspects of my life!

  • Shayna says:

    I shared this with my SIL, she is a marvelous blogger, but with 4 kids (and one on the way) she rarely has time to keep up.

  • kari habeck says:

    I budget my time by sticking to a schedule! Knowing what needs to be done and when keeps me on track and things get done faster!

  • Michele Brotherton says:

    I love your site, thanks for all the great deals!

  • Theresa says:

    Thank you for all you do help us moms save money!

  • Valarie Ruscelli says:

    Awesome article. I just started followong u on twitter. Enjoying!

  • Tonya says:

    I try to keep up with the emails and eliminate junk by using one separate email address just for coupon websites.

  • Cheryl K says:

    When I need to check-in with my MIL I do the dishes at the same time. She visits forever and then I don’t feel like I’m not getting anything else done while we are catching up!

  • Whitney says:

    I am not a blogger, but I still like to do more in less time! One of my favorite tips is to have a printed out grocery list of the things I buy most often. I type it out in the order of my grocery store aisles, so each week I take my list, highlight the items we need, and go. It saves a ton of time making my list and I rarely forget anything.

  • Mandy says:

    Crystal, thank you so much for sharing all of these great insights, both here and at Relevant! I am trying so hard to implement most of what you have shared in an effort to make both my family time and blogging time as efficient and authentic as possible! I hope you know that “little” bloggers like me truly appreciate your taking the time to share!

  • Debbie says:

    Create a Computer Time Budget was my favorite tip…I find that the computer can be a big time suck in my day. I am going to create one right now and stick to it!!

  • morgan rayl says:

    I get help from the whole family. Even my 3yo son helps with chores.

  • Jenny says:

    I save time by putting projects around the house off until I can do them at the same time as something else. For example, if there is stuff in the living room that needs to make its way to the bedroom, I leave it until I carry the laundry through the living room to be put away. Then I just add the other stuff to the top of my laundry basket so as to save myself a trip. It’s small, but it keeps me from getting stressed about about having a million little things to pick up. I look at them as one task and combine it with a chore I am already doing.

  • Sometimes I just have to have a web free day. I spend one day get more real life stuff done and then without laundry or dinner hanging over my head I can return to concentrate on my writing.

  • chris says:

    unsubscribing from emails you don’t read much is the best tip in my experience, my inbox is slowly becoming manageable. I had to fix my mothers over the weekend as she enters her email in any site that asks for it.

  • Robyn in ATX says:

    I feel the same way about my inbox! If I have more than 10 emails in there I know it’s time to respond and delete:)

  • Brian says:

    My wife is a blogger but typically only does it for family updating and to keep a record of fun family events for our young children. I think its essential to not only keep these meaningless e-mails cleared out for bloggers but for everyone. Thanks for all you do Crystal.

  • erinhudd says:

    I am not a blogger, but my calendar is essential in making sure I get more done in less time. Keeping track of all the goings-on in my life is a major priority. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Lucky says:

    If there’s something I’m afraid I’ll forget, but don’t have time to deal with right then I use outlook calendar to remind me.

  • Angel says:

    I clean in stages to save time especially bathrooms. I also use toilet-bowl cleaner to clean the grout in the shower and the bathtub. I just let it sit for a few minutes as I wipe down the sink or something else then come back to it and rinse. Bright and white!

  • Tabitha K says:

    I have the “never go into another room empty handed” rule. If I’m going to the bedroom I carry socks to put away or if I’m going in the bathroom I restock toilet paper or bring the washed towels to put back etc.

  • autumn mckenzie says:

    if you are a stay at home mom, try to get as much done during the day when the kids are at school. I don’t get anything done at nite, between helping with h.w, making dinner, taking kids to their activities etc.

  • Danielle B says:

    The more things I can get done the night before the better. Nothing starts my day off worse than if I am scrambling around trying to get organaized!

  • ali hafford says:

    Using nap time wisely! I would love to nap, but i can get so much done during that that it is next to impossible!

  • Melissa says:

    We handle hundreds of emails every day through our ministry. The best tip I can share is to schedule time to read and handle your email. When you are not in that time of the day, close your email. This will help you not jump back to it in order to quickly answer every email that comes in.

  • Maria says:

    Prioritize! I only give myself so much time, during nap, at night etc to spend doing different things online. Otherwise I could browse all throughout the day and get nothing done!

  • Robyn says:

    Great post – praying about what I need to get done always helps me! Thanks for your post, and ALL that you do!

  • Jenae says:

    I am big on lists and having a general routine schedule for every day tasks/chores. It keeps both the kids and I on track.

  • Deb H. in Wisconsin says:

    I try to maximize my time by planning ahead, making lists and utilizing the “machines” in my house!

  • Andrea says:

    I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. It is the most utalized room in my home and gets pretty messy. I start every meal with an empty dishwasher. As I go about preparing a meal, I load as I go. Each Item I use gets a quick rinse then deposited it the dishwasher. When stews are simmering, I will use that time to do a quick counter cleanup, sweep the floor and set the table. After the meal, the soiled dishes are deposited in the dishwasher and it is turned on. Another table clean up and a quick sweep, and I’m done.

  • Amy D. says:

    To get more done in less time, I get things done on my chore list while my 2 year old is napping. It’s amazing how much longer it takes to do something with that little guy around.

  • Robin Osborn says:

    My kids are 7 and 4 and are eager to help or put some things away, for example setting the table or put away laundry, so I try to save things for them to put away, it makes them feel helpful and they accomplished something.

  • Jennifer B says:

    I am always multi-tasking to get more done! I make llists and combine the ones I can do together.

  • kara says:

    lists work best for me…that way if everything doesn’t get done on one day it can be transfer to the next day easily!

  • Carla S says:

    I’ve been thinking about starting a blog. I will definitely keep this in mind.

  • Kristen says:

    I set a computer time limit and use my timer. When it beeps, I am off. This helps me do only the essentials when I am on the computer.

  • Dorothy says:

    I don’t know anyone in real life that tries, like me, to keep that email inbox down below 10. That is my goal every day—and some days I make it and some days I don’t.
    Great giveaway. Thanks.

  • Lauren says:

    I am not a blogger, but I am a full-time working mom so I am ALWAYS looking for ways to get more done in less time. I used to make an exhaustive to-do list and feel depressed at the end of the day when I had only accomplished one or two things. Now, my approach is to sit down each morning and pick just THREE things I want to get done that day. By the end of the day, whether I have gotten one or five things done, it seems like I have made more of a dent, and that gets my momentum going to move on to the next thing!

  • Susan says:

    I set up my “mom station” at the kitchen table, where I do my bible study and go over to-do’s, so that I’m not distracted by “needing” to search swagbucks or checking every little update to fb.

  • Amy Bradsher says:

    I get up early before my family to start my day with quiet. I try to start a load of laundry then and plan which chores can overlap, like running the sweeper while the washer runs. Then I can have concentrated time with my kids and and still get most of my chores done.

  • vicki says:

    Favorite tip, for time managment:

    Only do what is important and brings you joy, One thing at time, that way all my time and energy is for the one item.

    LISTS, LISTS and LISTS, do I have to say more???

    I do the things I don’t want to do first then the ones that make me happy last, ending the day on a bright note.

  • julie alverson says:

    Simplify, and delegate. Thanks for the great tips. I will use them.

  • Amy Diener says:

    Multi-tasking is the key for me. And lists!! Lists are a must to keep me on track.

  • Stephanie H. says:

    Definitely a multi tasker, or else I would get anything done. Thanks for the great tips about email though.

  • Chris P. says:

    Just like the organizational principle to touch an item once and immediately determine what do to with it, I try to apply the same effort to Outlook, activities, and tasks. Throw ’em into the iPhone and move along…Good post hints, thanks.

  • Michael Z says:

    Keeping your inbox clean is very important. i’ve seen too many people with so much clutter in their inbox that it is ridiculous.

  • Jennifer C says:

    I am definitely a list-maker. As soon as I think of something, I make a note. It seems to help me be more organized and less stressed, hence, being able to get more done!

  • Natalie says:

    Making lists of things to do throughout the day actually keeps me on track better, and things get done. It uses the same concept as meal planning or grocery shopping–if it’s on the list, I do it. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 And I am absolutely loving these time saving posts lately! Great advice!

  • Heather says:

    My favorite tip for getting more done in less time is to realize I can’t do everything. Once I realized this I was able to focus on one project at a time, rather than flying around trying to do many things at once. I’m not able to accomplish things completely, rather than having a lot of different things that need my attention.

  • Nancy Walstead says:

    I use a kitchen timer to keep my time on schedule. if I allow 30 for bathroom tidy up, I set it for that amount of time. When the buzzer goes off, I move on. I’ve sped up my cleaning and organizing time a great deal by racing the clock!

  • Nancy DeVries says:

    I like setting up a time for everything, I can get carried away looking at Facebook or couponing. A time for everything is good advice.

  • Linda B says:

    OMG… I get forgetful easily.. blame mommy brain LOL. but i forgot one day that my boys had their doc appointments.. i was like OOPS. i need this to keep reminding me!

  • Purvi P. says:

    Hi, I don’t really blog, but I do like the “two birds one stone” principal. If I’m watching tv, I’ll first check my list of “things to do while watching tv”. Pick one of these things and sit myself down, these things can be as small (or big) as bettering yourself thru learning to crotchet, or draw, etc. I often take up a cookbook and plan the weeks meals in front of the tv. Pay bills, answer e-mails on my laptop in commercial breaks.
    The biggest would have to be every time a commercial is on, I go do a couple of dishes, clean the table, anything before the shows back on. I even iron and fold laundry. You don’t feel like your’e working, your’e watching tv!
    The tv is really responsible for me doing a lot more housework than I normally feel too lazy to do, GO TV!!

  • I’ve had to set parental control time limits for myself. I’m staying home to be with my kids–that is my #1 priority. Blogging is just a hobby (that I happen to really enjoy) but if I’m not careful it can become an obsession and I neglect to spend time with my kids in the process. 🙂

    I would love to win the Windows 7 Phone!

  • Jody M says:

    To get more done with less time, I take one day a week and do all the prep work for our weekly meals. It’s much easier to pull out items already ready to eat.

  • Jennifer says:

    I use Google calendar for my personal schedule, homeschool schedule, public school schedule, sports and activities for kids, and husbands not-work-related-schedule. Each category gets a different color and it keeps me on top of what’s happening in our family.

  • Kaitlin Holley says:

    I tend to be very independent minded when accomplishing tasks and at times become very overwhelmed. My tip for getting things done efficiently and with good time management is to ask for help! Ask a friend, spouse, family member to help out and not only is getting the job done easier, it is usually accomplished in less time. An added bonus is the teamwork and feeling of unity you and the other person will share. : )

  • Julie Baker says:

    I’m getting ready to start blogging so this is a wonderful post to read! My favorite tip is to use a timer! Being ADD, it is so easy to chase butterflies and not get anything done.

    Thanks!!!

  • Julie Johnson says:

    I am all about list!!!! I seem to forget what really needs to get done otherwise.

  • Kelley says:

    I plan out my week every saturday and write everything down

  • Samantha says:

    I mange my day with Managers of their Homes created by the Maxwell Family. :o)

  • Mandie says:

    Great post! It is very much needed!

  • Vanessa says:

    My best tip for getting more done is to prioritize. Decide what is more important amongst my list and choose my top three. Those three things, get done, no matter what. The rest can wait till a new day if it has to.

  • Eleanor says:

    I use my Google Calendar for reminders to keep me ahead & I also schedule some reminder posts ahead of time to save time that way too!

  • Sarah DJ says:

    Since going from “housewife” to “SAHM” I’ve learned that everything doesn’t need to be perfect… Keeping the house livable and reasonably clean is a better goal than “spotless,” which is unreasonable at this point. I accomplish the most when I make lists – and enjoy seeing my progress on paper.

  • Jennifer T says:

    I donate plasma twice a week because along with helping others, I get compensated $50 for my time. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour each time I donate, so to save time I take my laptop inside with me (they have free wireless internet) and use that time to catch up on our finances, read emails, study for my FIVE classes that I’m currently taking or just to facebook in peace since I never get to do that at home with my 9 month old. 🙂

  • Erin says:

    Love the computer time guidelines. I desperately need to start doing that in everyday stuff too. I usually get on and just one thing after another, get nothing done, but wasted 2 hours too. 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    I like the idea of setting time limits. I think that will force me to stay on task a lot more and push to hurry and finish what i need to within my alloted time. I also think instead of multi tasking (which I am always doing) try to really focus on my task, within my alloted time, I will be able to accomplish what I have set force for me to complete. Thank you for the tips. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  • Definately agree with Allison’s post, I like to plan my multi-tasking very strategically. I make sure that while I am doing one chore that I get other’s done in between; I am also a big list maker ~ I find that making lists, handwritten/computerized, that I can cross off my accomplishments, I feel like I can visually see myself getting things done 😉

  • Jana says:

    Staying focused on the task at hand helps get things done, although it’s hard to do sometimes!

  • Carin says:

    To get some cleaning done, such as dishes, cleaning the bathroom, putting away clothes etc, I do those chores on commercial breaks of my favorite shows to watch. Instead of eating out of boredom, or sitting there wasting time (I have to always be doing something!), as soon as my show hits commercial, I’m up and completing tasks needed to be done around the house! It works great, and usually I get most of my tasks done.

  • i’ve just starting my blog- i hope can manage my time and blog. It’s been a slow start. mari

  • Pam M says:

    I am still working on my time management. I tend to make lists of what I need to do and then try to stick to it.

  • Karla says:

    I find a place for everything and put everything in its place! …..95% of the time but it works well!

    Blessings,
    Karla

  • Beth Pelc says:

    I have found that if I schedule in “me” time at the beggining of my daughters nap, I am more effective at chores once she wakes up. I’m less frustrated and the me time gives me a little more energy to work faster and sometimes finish chores before she even wakes up!

  • Rebekah says:

    I so needed this! I really need to work on time management, especially with the computer. 🙂

  • I am a beginning blogger so I don’t have much of an idea for time management but thank you for the tips I will definetly be using some of them. I do try to do quite a bit in the AM before the kids are up so that I can focus without distraction and it lets me work faster when I can.

  • Melissa says:

    I multi task when I cut coupons. If I want to watch a tv show, I coupon clip while doing it. Or while I’m making a phone call I straighten a drawer or pick up a couple of toys while doing it.

  • lyss says:

    Clear the clutter! I’m not a blogger- I’m talking about my house. I feel like I have more time in my days now that my home is kept in order. The less stuff I have the easier it is to clean and keep orderly! If something doesn’t have a place, we either find a place for it or get rid of it!

  • Kirsten D says:

    Make a list of priorities and start at the top! Use even small blocks of time to do little chores–organizing the silverware drawer, etc.

  • Ashley says:

    I like the pre-made automatic reply idea. This I imagine would save time if I were in a position where I had to answer the same questions time after time.

    One thing you could do is type up directions to your house.

  • Melissa says:

    I like to make lists and I love the feeling when I actually get to cross something off my list!

  • Julie says:

    Great tips! Thanks for the post!

  • Jade A Perry says:

    I never understood about blogging before your post, thank You for explaining how to do it efficiently!

  • Amber Bryant says:

    I had to learn to just start typing and not wait for the perfect thing to say to formulate in my head. Anything that gets typed can always be edited and redone. Sometimes just getting the words out, even if its jibberish at first, helps the ideas flow.

  • Alicia W. says:

    “Tame the email monster”-good advice! I often get overwhelmed while going through my emails!

  • Jessica Jordan says:

    A daily to-do list is a MUST and a weekly family calendaring session helps to see what all is on the schedule for the week for EVERYONE.

    Thanks for the entry opportunity!

  • Sonya L. says:

    Thanks for the tips! Love your common-sense approach to such things!

  • Ally says:

    I completely agree with having 10 or less emails in my inbox. I have recently delegated a similar concept to my work life, and my personal life. Not quite 10, but at least to those important. If I need them I will put themin a folder, if not DELETE! Thank you for your advice Crystal.

  • Treena says:

    I get more done by shutting out distractions. My major problems are procrastination and being easily distracted. I discovered that music helped with my test taking anxieties. I began to play classical, new age, and jazz music to help me to relax, tame the writer’s block monster, and focus on the topics I needed to study or write about. I found that a small tweak like that helped me to zoom through writing, stay focused, retain more information when studying for exams, and relax simultaneously!

  • Vicki says:

    Anytime I have dried my hands on a papertowel, before throwing the damp towel away, I wipe down whatever I can before it falls apart – wipe that little stain off the fridge door, clean off a windowpane, dust off a dirty lightbulb. Those little things ready add up and it’s good to have them DONE!

  • Olivia N. says:

    I prefer large blocks of time to focus on marketing projects, but because they aren’t always available, I also try to remind myself of the power of 5-15 min. focus bursts. 15 min. is just over 1% of a day, and yet you can accomplish a lot with it!

  • Michele Randall says:

    My biggest tip is to stay organized. If I know I’m going to be sitting at a doctor’s office I always take my mail that needs to be looked at or some of the kid’s school papers that need attention – just always keeping myself busy so I don’t fall behind on anything.

  • Kelly says:

    I keep a list of ideas I want to post and try to schedule them to post at intervals so that if I don’t have time or feel like writing I know that someting will post on my blog at least once every 48 hours. Also, try ot find someone to share the load. Work with a partner by divding up task.

  • Rachel Souliere says:

    I have learned simple organization is the key for me. So many people “over0organize everything and it is so time consuming. I spend 30 min a day on a family blog to keep up woth likes/dislikes, kis 1st and funny saying and more. I also help others learn to coupon and not be overwhelmed. With 3 small kids, this works best for me. LOVE the giveaway!!!

  • Lynn Mowry says:

    Love all the suggestions…I neeeeeed to CLEAN my inbox out! I’m on the task right after this comment! Thanks!

  • Jackie says:

    As a full time working mom ( Veterinary Hospital Manager) to a toddler and a preschooler, I multitask at work and at home.
    I wake up and exorcise for 1/2 an hour to clear my head, I than shower and if my kids are still asleep, I will check my personal email, facebook and 2nd buisness email ( I run a Pug/bulldog rescue group and pet sit).
    I have everything set up the night before my clothes and my kids ( my husband leaves earlier than all of us). we all eat breakfast and than head off for our day. At work I conquer all my work stuff ( emails, employee issues some animal issues) at Lunch I will follow up on my personal stuff ( emails phone calls) and than finish my day by trying to finish everything in my to -do bin so I am all set for the next day…Than pcik the kids up and stay focused on what needs to be done so I can have my “cuddle” time before bed!

  • Sheila says:

    Doing one thing at a time is by far the best time-saver. Otherwise the mouse just tends to keep wandering… 🙂

  • kathy balman says:

    I like the “tame the email monster” tip. Specifically keeping the inbox cleaned out. This is my biggest issue.

  • Denise says:

    Our days go much smoother when our morning routines work as they should. The rest of our day is flexible with lists I write with the top goals to get accomplished.

  • Happy says:

    My favorite tip is to use all of those 3-5 min. periods between other tasks to do small jobs. You can even keep a list of short tasks if that is helpful for you (ie. wipe down outside of cupboards, start a load of laundry, set an appt., etc.).

  • connie says:

    We allow the phone to ring (and go to the answering machine) instead of ‘jumping’ every call. Then we return calls later when we are out on a walk or playing in the yard. All of my other time tips, I learned from Money Saving Mom-Thanks!

  • Nicola says:

    I try really hard to use a timer to help me stay on target. If I am cleaning I know how long it should take me, so I set the timer. That way when I am doing things I really don’t like I know I only have “7 more minutes”.

    njfoley at sbcglobal dot net

  • Caroline says:

    Thank you for the post! I find that I get easily distracted when trying to blog, and I know I could get more done if I didn’t get sidetracked!

  • Hope Evarts says:

    Definitely #2: Do ONE thing at a time…. I always make the mistake of having too many irons in the fire!!!

  • Abby says:

    Oh this is something I struggle with! I tell myself no side tracking and shopping or other things. Set a timer and say GO get those emails taken care of and then. Time for the kids!!

  • Heather M. says:

    I don’t have a blog. However, with household chores I find it most helpful to create a list of the chores/tasks that I need to get done that day or week and then I prioritize them.

  • Gwen says:

    I try to keep to the less than 10 emails in my inbox but sometimes that can be quite difficult

  • miriam says:

    Thank you so much for the tip on “not having to respond to every e-mail” it was so freeing to me. I always feel like a heel if I do not respond to my e-mails, I feel like I am letting them down or something. That timely tip assured me that it was OK and that allows me to manage my time well.
    Thank you so much for that small but life changing tip, much appreciated.
    Miriam

  • Crimson says:

    I email myself a list of things to do, links, pics, etc. It helps keep everything electronic and in my email, where I can organize it easily.

  • Mary Beth says:

    I’m still working on my time management. I’m a full time working mom and it’s hard to fit everything in! I like the idea of writing down a schedule for time spent on the computer. I feel like I could be more productive by doing that!

  • Tara says:

    I use a timer to keep myself focused.

  • Sommer says:

    More done in less time…I put both boys in the tub at the same time, I cook double portions and freeze one (two meals for the time of making two).

  • Kelly A says:

    Make a list, do one thing at a time, cross said item off list….and MOVE ON!

  • ashley says:

    I love the time break down. I struggle daily with that! My goal this week is to implement a new schedule to y day.

  • Roiale says:

    My favorite way of getting things done are to delegate responsibilities that do not require my expertise or skill. As a Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, the list of tasks are endless. I evaluate what needs my exact attention and delegate smaller things that dont require me to personally attend to them.
    I have found that I use to think I could do it all. However, with a little bit of planning and delegation , I can do it all , and with less headache. Not only do those around me feel more “important” and “helpful”, I actually have more time to love and nurture those around me. So by letting some things go I have actually brought myself and my family much closer. I have less stress and a better feeling of accomplishment. I found a great service ( I can post the link later if you would like) that helps me with small jobs for a small amount of money and the savings has been Priceless !!!
    I think its important that we take care of ourselves so that we have the energy, patience, and etc to help take care of others !!!!

  • Erin says:

    I feel I get more done if I wait until the last minute. Something about those deadlines gets me more motivated than ever!

  • Fun Momma says:

    Planning planning planning. I can plan things to use time most efficiently (i.e., running multiple errands at once). Then some days it helps to balance the schedule with a day of being unplanned–I still do things but just the big ones, and I spend more time letting myself relax! (I go crazy if I try to stay scheduled every day)

  • Theresa says:

    While I’m not a blogger I’m a HUGE blog follower! When I have something to remember to do -send money to school for lunches, call grandma, go to an event, etc – I set an alarm on my phone that I always have on me. Thanks for all your tips for further life organization!

  • Anna Freeland says:

    I love the tips on e-mail and computer time. Love your blog!

  • Allyson says:

    I try to get my email cleaned out frequently, this is a great article.

  • Taryn W says:

    Simply use a list and my calendar to keep track of activities, but all these tips will be helpful to use! Now I feel disorganized…back to prioritizing!! 🙂

  • Jessika Young says:

    I would have to say the old fashioned list. Nothing helps me prioritize as well and gives the satisfaction of marking them off when I’m done.

  • amy says:

    plan and organize–I am trying to teach this tip to my pre-teen, who seems to walk in circles eveyday.

  • Kristi says:

    I only multi-task when one or both tasks are “brainless” if I am watching tv with my family I will fold laundry at the same time. If I am stuck in a line at the store or stuck in traffic waiting for a train to clear I will process some emails (I have my emails accounts linked to my phone). While I am brushing my teeth I will wipe down the sink/faucets. If one or the other task requires much concentration or attention to detail I NEVER try to multi-task as it ends up taking more time in the long run to fix errors.

  • Teresa says:

    I try to simplify my tasks as much as possible, and not feel like a perfectionist.

  • MCA says:

    As a blog reader, I try to limit myself to only the blogs that I know are benefiting me spiritually, financially, etc. It is easy to get started on a blog snowball and waste many hours. On occasion, I will look over the blogroll of a favorite blog, but try to keep that very narrowed down. It has really helped me limit my time on blog reading and focus more on the important things.

  • Marla says:

    Multitasking is the only way I know how to get more done in less time – talking on the phone while walking to a local store is a good one. I get in exercise, I catch up with friends and family, and I support the local economy!

  • Geriann says:

    I write everything down that needs to be done- or places that I need to stop and just go at it. If I don’t write them all done- sure enough I forget about it after I am busy all day long.

  • Gencie says:

    When I have a lot on my to-do list, I tend to get overwhelmed and just give up on trying. However, if I focus on one thing at a time, rather than multi-tasking (at which times I feel especially rushed), I feel I get just as much or even more done than when I would multi-task.

  • Camille says:

    My favorite tip is to just shut everything off that could potentially distract you from finishing your duty within the allotted time that you gave yourself! 🙂 works wonders for me!

  • Beth says:

    Great post even for those who don’t blog!

  • Kristin says:

    I try to multi-task all the time, dabbling in working on a little here and a little there, and end up getting nothing *completely* accomplished. My mom recently said, “When you’re feeling overwhelmed, do one thing completely and do it well.” That has helped me so much lately. It’s good to feel “finished” ~ even if it’s just one of your many responsibilities.

  • Stephanie says:

    I save time by meal planning before I go the grocery store. My husband and I sit down and set out our menu for the week and make a list of everything we need. This also saves us money as there is less waste.

  • Heathee says:

    I get things done efficiently by attacking them as they arrive. For example, when I get a request for a check for a group christmas present for a teacher, I immediately write it and send it in to school.

  • Tami says:

    My kids love to help around the house. So while I am cooking dinner they will get a load of laundry that needs to be folded and we will turn folding laundry into a math lesson. My five year old will count all the shirts. Then my nine year old will multiply the number of shirts by the number of pants.

  • Katie b says:

    I do a budget sheet every month to keep me on track and the envelope system:)

  • Jenni K says:

    I really like the idea of setting a computer time budget. It seems like the computer can be such a time waster. I think setting a time budget would really help me get more done in my day.

  • Amy says:

    I do the list thing, too. 🙂 Helps me stay focused and I love crossing off my finished projects…

  • Kaylynn says:

    To get more done in less time, I make specific, realizable goals so that I don’t get sidetracked…. which happens very easily!

  • Crystal,
    I love your tips for getting more productivity out of Gmail. I’m wondering if Outlook has similar features that I don’t know about.

    Danelle Ice / Home Ever After

  • Jennie Sawyers says:

    I get more done in a little amount of time when my kids are otherwise occupied. Put on a movie, let them play with a “new” toy, ect…or wait til they’re in bed, quite time without having to worry to much about what the kids are doing is a great way to get things done!

  • Christy says:

    When I can “bank” posts and schedule them to auto-post, it frees me up to do something else with that time.

  • Gencie says:

    If I’m multi-tasking, I tend to get overwhelmed and stressed out. However, if I focus on one thing at a time, I’m usually more successful at trying to get things done.

  • Julie says:

    I admit it. I often “cheat clean”, as my mom and I call it. Kind of a swish and swipe, making the house *appear* clean, without actually using any elbow grease. It works in a pinch, and I am in a pinch more often than I care to admit. 🙂

  • Suzanne says:

    One of the things that helps me to get as much done as possible in less time is to make a list. Once I get all of the things I need to do out of my head and onto paper, I can concentrate on the task at hand instead of thinking about all of the other things I need to do.

  • Kelli says:

    My tricks for getting things done: 1) make a list of priorities, if I’m feeling overwhelmed. 2) keep relaxing music playing quietly nearby. 3) tune out email, Facebook, or any other distractions. 4) when all else fails, turn to a valued friend or family member for a pep talk and/or inspiration. 🙂

  • Angie says:

    I make lists and then PRIORITIZE my lists! I may not get everything done but at least I have my thoughts organized and will get the most important things accomplished.

  • Stacy says:

    Getting up early has been key for me. I also get more energy to get it all done on the days I excercise. My mind is clearer and more focused.

  • Amy says:

    To get more done while I’m on the phone, I got a headset and it’s great. Now I have 2 hands free and the children aren’t as noisy because they don’t realize I’m on the phone (they just think I’m talking outloud to myself).

  • Amy R says:

    The best way I accomplish a lot is by staying busy. When we have a lot of free time we tend to feel there is always time to do that later, but when I have a million things to do I have to prioritize and it all manages to get done…most of the time 🙂

  • Gina says:

    I make to do list and group things that I can do at the same time together. That way I can multi-task and mark chunks of things off my list instead of individual items.

  • NIKKI says:

    I try to give myself an 1/2 or full hour to do this, then move on to next task…whatever doesnt get finished in that time frame will have to wait until next round.

  • Laura says:

    Sticking to my to-do list!

  • Kim says:

    A To Do List helps me. If it’s not on the list I don’t worry about it.

  • Joani says:

    I send out my daily email a by 11:00 am. I use it as my deadline for blogging. Once the email goes out I’m done for the day.

  • Nicole v says:

    I like the tip on cleaning out your inbox. Many times I go through my old messages and don’t delete them.

  • Jessica says:

    My planner keeps my lists organized and lets me check as I go! 🙂

  • Trinity says:

    We are working on getting a schedule in our house . Would love to get in on the drawing. thanks

  • Toni S. says:

    I do my coupon filing in the car while my husband is driving. The five or ten minutes here & there make a big difference.

  • Tracy Virden says:

    What a great read! Thanks for the great tips!

  • nanasewn says:

    I am not a blogger but spend a lot of time on them and am always looking for insight into time management ideas. With children across country, a dead cellphone….a new phone would be great. thankyou for giving us an opportunity.

  • karin schatz says:

    I try to give everyday to God and somehow He helps me get so much more done. I try to take bookwork type things with me in the car and on trips to doctors and such so the time can be used for something constructive.

  • Rebekah says:

    The thing I do all the time to manage my time is to multi-task. If I want to spend time with a girlfriend and need to workout, I suggest we get together and speed-walk while we talk. If I want to watch a tv show or movie with my husband after the kids are in bed, I meal-plan on my laptop while we watch.

  • Michelle says:

    Keep a schedule and try my best to stick to it.

  • Donald says:

    I agree with others, making a list has been extremenly helpful. There are so many little things that need to get done in a day, it is hard to keep track of everything. I do this at home and at work.

  • Katie says:

    I do not blog, but I spend a lot of time reading them. Thank you for all the ideas.

  • Leslie Hickman says:

    To get more done in less time, I set a timer and race with myself.

  • Ashlee says:

    I maintain a weekend events calendar for my Mom’s Club. When I took over the project the previous person had been writing up a new Word document and emailing it every week. I decided to use a Yahoo calendar with a public link. It frees up much of my time because I can enter events way in advance as I find them instead of having to redo everything each week. I set aside 30 minutes every Thursday to make sure the next weekend is up to date.

  • Kellie Dean says:

    I always make a list starting with the most important task down to the least important and then start with them one by one.

  • Rita says:

    I never noticed the canned response feature…will have to try that out..wonder if it will work for my mom 🙂 I find setting time aside and focusing on one thing at a time to be the most beneficial tips. Thanks Chrystal.

  • Aubrey says:

    I can always get more done when I make a list of everything I need to accomplish, then try to combine similar tasks and streamline my day!

  • Theresa says:

    I think creating schedules and sticking to them as best as possible is key to getting more done in life.

  • Jennifer Kingham says:

    In the midst of doing my masters program and single parenting three kids a lot of the time due to being a military family, I have found that it is important to start the day off with certain goals for myself and evenly space out those goal throughout the day in order to reach them without burning out. Set realistic goals and implement that plan throughout the whole day!

  • Karilee says:

    Scheduling your posts ahead of time is a great way to keep from feeling like you have to blog EVERY day. I try to add an extra 15 minutes to my blogging time two days a week, this gives me a few extra minutes to set up posts to schedule or to draft ideas for future posts.
    This helps me avoid the “I need to post to my blog” thought that will hang over my head if I don’t. 🙂

  • Steph says:

    The only way I get more things done in a shorter time is to drink massive amounts of coffee! 🙂

  • Catherine says:

    What a great giveaway! Here’s my tip: for those of you who do a lot of surveys to earn money, set a side a chunk of time and do a bunch at once. I found myself losing a lot of time if I just did them as they came in. It’s also good to use a form filler to help you get through those easy questions like age, zip code, etc.

  • Mama S says:

    Lots of great advice! When I know I have a lot on my plate, which is most days, I guess, I ask the Lord to double my ‘rest’ for the amount of sleep I get (something my dear grandmother used to pray for me when I was in school). I tell you the truth, it works!

    Also, asking Him to give me peace about getting done what I can! I’ve learned lately that God wants to help me take control of my priorities, just like everything else.

    I’m no blogger, but you guys are awesome that do!

  • aimee says:

    My secret is to keep one master calendar with everyone’s activities on it. Then I don’t miss anything. Also, I say NO a lot to things that aren’t worth it.

  • Jackie says:

    I put reminders on my phone so it rings like an alarm to remind me and it bugs me to no end until I do it.

  • Jill Martin says:

    Thanks for all the GREAT info!! Very practical…now I need to put it to use!

  • pamela james says:

    I am not a blogger, but I am a single mom that takes care of her aging parents. I cook lots of meals all at once, usually on one of my days off from work. I prepackage them, freeze some for us and take some over to my parents. Cooking one day a week saves me time and clean up in the kitchen!

  • Amy says:

    My best trick for getting things done is to open the blinds, turn on the music, close the computer and just DO IT! Its funny how my mind knows this is my productive mode.

  • heather harris says:

    I stopped trying to post on “carnival” days, like Wordless Wed or Thankful
    thursdays…I only post when I have something to say now…and usually, I can write a week’s worth of posts in a couple of hours, leaving me to have several days “off” from blogging!

  • Heather says:

    I have a problem with multitasking…

  • Amy says:

    Keeping things organized and putting things back in its place when done with it. Trying to get my kids to be good about this as well.

  • Kim says:

    Setting a timer on 15 or 20 minutes to stay focused on one task, one job, one room to clean, declutter, etc. has really helped me to get more accomplished without getting sidetracked.

  • terri says:

    I shut down the computer and ignore the phone. Works for me.

  • Kelly Hess says:

    I pre write a lot of posts when they come to me. THen I save them up for when I need a post!

  • Selene says:

    I’m not a blogger, but to get more done in a time period, I multi-task whenever it’s feasible. “To Do Lists” keep me on track.

  • Tricia Young says:

    Multi-tasking is a way I am able to use my morning time wisely. We are rushed to get up, dressed, fed, me showered, snack packed, morning chores complete, and to school on time. When I wake up, I immediately put a load of laundry on that is already on top of the washer waiting to go in. I dress my kids, get in the shower (while I shower, they make their beds, pick up their things, and get their shoes on), and when we come downstairs the load is ready to go in the dryer. I start breakfast and switch the load during a free moment. I then continue with our morning of eating breakfast, packing snack (if not done the night before…good time saver), and off to school. The laundry is clean and dry waiting for me at nap time later in the day and I haven’t actually taken any time to do it.

  • Maureen says:

    I never have empty hands when I go up or down a flight of stairs at home. There is always something to be brought upstairs and something always has to come down too!

  • Debbie says:

    Making lists and keeping my calendar up-to-date on my Blackberry…I’ve also recently started setting timers for my Twitter updates so that I’m not constantly running myself ragged trying to remember to Tweet!

  • andrea says:

    I’m all about To Do lists and running errands all at once so I don’t back track and save on gas!

  • Genae says:

    I just try to split up my week so that each day has certain tasks assigned to it. For example: Monday is laundry, dishes, and groceries. Tuesday is Bible study and sweeping floors, etc. This helps me not to freak out each day about what I’m going to accomplish 🙂

  • paige says:

    I know that I have to get everything computer related done during the day when the kids are at school. As soon as they get home, the computer is used almost constantly for homework and fun.

  • Lindsay Brumbelow says:

    My key to getting things done is to prioritize, prioritize, prioritize! It is easy to get distracted with things that don’t have to be done NOW. If you keep on track as much as possible you have more time for those things in the end.

  • Laura Chubb says:

    PLAN PLAN and have a PLAN! I keep avery detailed datebook with tons of notes in it and then each morning I sit down a do a 5 minute plan of my course of action for that day!

  • Judy says:

    Prayer for effective time management works wonders. Also, being mindful of your ultimate goals is important. Psalm 90:12. Remember life is short.

  • M. Allen says:

    I am a list maker and I really love being able to have my lists with me and make it easy to update or alter them. I would love to get a blog going but am so new to it that I feel a little (ok – A LOT) overwhelmed in trying to learn all of the dos and do nots. I love this site and use it frequently for saving money. I now hope to use it to make money since I am a stay at home mom of a special needs child that is home almost 24/7.

  • As a blogger, and staff writer (for 3 different sites) keeping a to-do-list in Outlook and on my phone is essential. I have to set priorities, and also be willing to let a few things go on my site, if something goes over it’s alloted time.

    I have my staff writing responsibilities as higher priorities than my own website. When I get busy, I will wait until Saturday morning to respond to comments (rather than do it every day).

  • Nancy says:

    I try to have the dishwasher or washing machine going while I am doing somethings else that way when I am done the machine(s) are done so then I can work on it next.

  • karen nelson says:

    I set a timer. Could be for 30 minutes, could be for just 10 minutes. While the timer’s tickin’ I make sure I concentrate on whatever task I’m trying to get done, such as clean off my desk so I can find my laptop. The timer keeps me focused and it makes me pick up the pace too.

  • Sarah says:

    I love this post. A great reminder!

    I try to write a list of what I need to research on the computer just like a grocery list. I wait until my scheduled time and by then, I have a few things listed and it’s easier to stay on task.

  • Mary says:

    Get rid of clutter

  • My tip for getting more done in less time is actually to do LESS. By this I mean, working a 16-hour day every day or functioning on 4 hours of sleep so you can “Get more done” is counter-productive. You’ll get half as much done because you’ll be exhausted, not to mention stressed out. Set time limits and stick to them so you can have time to rest and sleep. I struggle with this the most, but when I am well-rested I can get so much more done in a short period of time because I’m clear-headed, and not struggling to string a sentence together because I’m so exhausted.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Danielle says:

    I gave up on trying to do the big stuff while my toddler was awake. He’s on a great routine for bedtime, so after I get him in bed, then I tackle the chores he tries to help with but really hinders (like the dishes!). Instead of 20+ minutes with his help, I’m done in 5-10.

  • cat says:

    I’m always multitasking.

  • This is really useful. I try to keep up my inbox..I can’t stand when I have more than 10 emails in it!

  • Teri K says:

    Canned responses in gmail was my favorite tip – I need to learn more about those.

  • lisa says:

    My tip is to use the oven’s timer when doing projects….i will set the time for how long I’d like to take on it, and when it beeps, I tell myself, I am done with that.

    Would love to win the giveaway!

  • Jennifer says:

    I use my Google calendar. It helps me remember everything!
    I also only do tasks in 15 minute increments. This helps me stay focused and get things done faster.

  • Leah R says:

    great article! i will try time budgeting! i am not a blogger but my stratigies are mainly work in order of priority, (if i could only do one thing what is it?), multitask, and make lists, i couldnt function without my lists!

  • Laura says:

    Staying organized with simple lists. I like to spread out my household chores and tasks throughout the week. Crossing off a task on a list seems like I’ve accomplished something even though the cycle of cleaning and working is continuous!

  • Elise says:

    I need help with organization and don’t really have any tips! Maybe this phone will help!!

  • Krysten says:

    I’d never heard of a “canned” response to e-mail, but I like it! When I worked in customer service at a Christian textbook company, I had a file of saved drafts that contained the answers to questions that I received all the time. When I received an e-mail with one of those questions, I just copied and pasted the reply and sent it off. Whenever I finished training a new worker, I would send the drafts to them, too.

  • Alicia says:

    Ohhhh want it 🙂

  • Carol says:

    My best trick is to not log onto the computer or answer the phone until my goals for the day are accomplished.
    Voicemail and e-mail are my best time-management friends.

  • Gr8day2save says:

    Lot’s of timely suggestions and tips. Thanks.

  • Andi says:

    Getting up before the kids and showering/being dressed by the time they wake up. It does miracles for my productivity.

  • Missy June says:

    I so very much want to win a phone!

  • Erin says:

    My tip is only getting into e-mail once an hour when I am at work. It keeps you focused on what you are doing instead of in and out of messages.

    Would love a new phone!!!

  • Jen H. says:

    Just do it! Stop procrastinating. I am a person who procrastinates on something when I know it’s going to be hard to start and take a while to complete. But when ever I finally just sit down and do it, it feels sooo great! I spend all those hours thinking and worrying about it, probably more than it took to actually complete the project. Thank you!!

  • Amanda Biel says:

    My tip for getting more done is less time is prioritizing!!! Do what’s most important first, even if thats neglecting the dishes for a few hours and playing with your kids! Eventually (perhaps when hubby comes home) you can tend to the cleaqning duties!

  • Tricia says:

    I go through emails and FB clicking on links to follow up on and once I am all done I then check out each page. Tackling them all at once I find that half of them weren’t really that important anyway.

  • Jennifer Hill says:

    I makes lists and prioritize what needs to be done around my house on a daily basis. I also combine jobs in the same area to make things go quicker. For instance, when I am cooking dinner, and waiting on the water to boil, or the onions to carmelize, I clean out the fridge, or reorganize/clean/straighten the pantry of the drawers. If my toddler is going potty, I clean the bathroom up while I am waiting on her to finish. Simple steps like these save me lots of time.

  • Summer Dearmond says:

    I loved the tip about a scheduled computer time. I can go to do just one thing on the computer and the next thing I know, an hour or two has passed. It happens all the time. Thanks for the tips.

  • Kate M says:

    My favorite tip to get more done around the house is for the big projects that don’t need to be done every week (ie: vaccumming the basement, cleaning floor boards, etc) assign them one a week per month. That way I don’t feel overwhelmed with having an extra cleaning project and I have 7 days to get it done. I’ll start it at the beginning of the week and do a little each day!

  • Shantel says:

    Stop ‘surfing’ and just get what needs to be done, done! I can kill a good hour or two, just ‘looking’ around….then I run out of time for the things I really need to do. 😉

  • Bridget says:

    I love timers! Especially for things (like folding clothes) that I don’t like to do. Also, knowing about how long unappealing tasks actually take to complete helps motivate me to get them done rather than procrastinate. (I can sweep the kitchen and foyer in less than 3 minutes!)

  • Kristine says:

    make a list of things to do and prioritize according to importance

  • Anna Lagen says:

    I like the tip about S=seting up canned responses. i will remeber that when I start my own bussiness. Thanks!

  • Mona says:

    I have a basket at the top and bottom of the stairs. I collect items that need to put away for each floor. The next time I go up I take the contents with me and same for going down stairs. I almost have something in my hands going up and down the stairs.

  • Kendra says:

    I often feel overwhelmed by the shear number of emails in my inbox. I have learned to use my email filters to sort and prioritize incoming mail.

  • Deanna says:

    I guess mine would be using lists and cleaning the kitchen while I cook.

  • Nichola says:

    Planning ahead is a big time saver. Esp when shopping. If as many decisions as possible are made ahead of time, it really saves time .

  • I avoid Facebook. I get sucked in to reading status updates and then 10 minutes later I wake up and think, “Did I really just waste my precious nap time reading someone’s thoughts on SunChips?” It’s a little time suck.

  • Carrie says:

    My tip is…take advantage of naptime 🙂

  • The best thing I’ve done (and I started this before I started blogging) was to not let myself turn on the computer until after lunch. If it’s on, it sucks me in. If it’s off, and I know there’s a time when I’ll be “allowed” to get on it, I get so much more done.

  • karissa says:

    I use my cell phone to get a lot of pc work done, I get SO much done while say waiting in line at the grocery store or similiar places! It may not work for a lot of people but its a life saver for me! Having 4 kids including a newborn baby I don’t get much pc time lol LOVE these new phones though! Hope I win!! ;0) God Bless

  • Megan Ernst says:

    I set a kitchen timer and use that as a guideline when completing tasks around the house.

  • Jennifer Nieves says:

    I stay focused by listening to music. It helps block out other distractions and keeps me moving right along.

  • kat says:

    I work from home! it saves me sooooo much time on commuting, and I’m thankful my office is currently allowing this option (though it’ll change eventually =/)

  • Natalie Thompson says:

    My advice would be to make a weekly list of household chores and try to get one thing done a day. For example:
    Monday: clean bathroom
    Tues: Laundry
    Wed: swiffer and mop flooors
    Thurs: clean kitchen
    Friday: clean kids rooms and vacuum
    Sat: clean master bedroom
    Sunday: Day of rest!!!

    Hope this helps!

  • Tori c says:

    The only way I can get things done is by making myself a to do list. I separate it into morning & afternoon, out of the house errands, grocery list etc.

  • Barbara says:

    Lists! That’s the way to stay focused and on task! If it weren’t for my lists I would drift and completely loose time.
    Thanks!
    B.

  • Kristin says:

    I set a timer in the evening for 1 hour. I have 1 hour to clean up and straighten up, then I can do whatever else I want to do like exercise, bake, or watch TV.

  • Heather Jandusay says:

    I try to stay on top of cleaning and household projects. Do a little each day.. I don’t wait until laundry is piled to the ceiling. When I have a load, I wash it. Dishes get done after every meal, toys get picked up after being played with.. I am at home all day so it’s easier for me to stay on top of it..

  • jaime says:

    I learned that when I stop multi-tasking I can get a lot more done. If I focus on one thing at a time, I get it done more quickly and the quality is better too.

  • Michelle Wilkins says:

    As a blogger(newbie), I find writing posts and updating my blog frequently to be very time consuming. As a homeschooling mom, I have had to choose best over better.

    At this season of life, blogging has taken a back seat. To be successful at those roles you deem a priority, you must keep balance.

  • Melinda says:

    I take advantage of the times when I’m the only one at home.

  • AmyB says:

    I try to balance the other stuff I need to get done with how much writing I do and set a daily limit for the writing. For now, I’m doing two hours of writing. Whatever I get done in that time period is it. Then I have to spend two hours doing housework, cooking, school stuff, etc.

  • Turn off the tv. Music is fine, but it’s just too tempting to look at the tv when I’m trying to get something done.

  • Stasia Basler says:

    I find that cooking using the crock pot allows me to get more done in less time since I don’t have to stand over the meal. It also saves me in dishes since I only have one pot or two if I use both of my crock pots and cleaning them is easy since I have the crock pot liners. I can just pull the bag out and put the pot and lid in the dishwasher. Voila! Meals and clean-up are easy!

  • Rachel says:

    I only put a few things down on my to-do list. If I have several things on my to-do list and know that I will never be able to accomplish all of them, I tend to do NOTHING because I feel overwhelmed and stressed at the start of the day.

  • Julie says:

    Thanks for this blog! So helpful–good solid, balanced advice.

  • Rhonda Nale says:

    Would love a new phone.

  • Audrey says:

    I use to think multi-tasking was the answer to getting things done. Now however, I think it only adds confusion and stress to all projects. So now if I am working on couponing I do that alone, and don’t try to cook dinner at the same time. 🙂 I also give my full attention to whatever I am doing, this includes time with my kids. Being fully present.

  • Lee says:

    A to – do list that is accomplishable and one thing at a time 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I make lots of lists. They help me stay on task and prioritize what I need to get done.

  • Jennifer C. says:

    I have an “action” and “waiting for” sub-folders in my e-mail. I put e-mails on things requiring more info, items I’ve ordered that I’m waiting for in that folder. Action folder items are things to do soon, but requiring more than a moment of typing or thought.

  • Jody Purcell says:

    I only go through papers and coupons and ads once a week. I just stuff them in a drawer, then on Monday, I pull the whole drawer out and start going through everything at once.

  • Melissa N says:

    I do something in our house every day, even though we deep clean on sunday’s. It can be sweeping the bathroom, gathering dishes, stuff like that, and it adds up over the week so theres less to do on the weekend.

  • mari says:

    I try to follow FlyLady.net’s schedule. It is pretty comprehensive and easy to follow.

  • Chandler says:

    Great post! I always love reading about time management. I find myself needing to not multitask to get things done while online.

  • jennifer brown says:

    While my older son takes a bath in my master bath I fold clothes on my bed (this way I can watch him and he is only a few feet away).

  • Erin L. says:

    If possible … delegate!

  • Tammy Wilson says:

    I love the tip about keeping your inbox clean. I honestly cannot stand keeping emails in my inbox. If I need to keep an important email, I will put it in a folder. But my inbox is always empty. Thanks for all of your tips!

  • Melanie says:

    My husband would love this!

  • Barb says:

    Delegate! I have four kids and train them to do various things. It’s good for us all, saves me time, and trains them for their future!

  • Jennifer Ledford says:

    If I go to bed on time then the next day goes much smoother, if I stay up late – I usually am not accomplishing much, and it throws the next day into hurry and catchup – all day.

  • Jen says:

    Thanks so much for this great tip on time budgeting! I am in the process of starting my own business from home, and struggle with how to get it all done. But making a time budget and trying to stick with it for the most part sounds great. And then hopefully life won’t seem so stressful in regard to not having enough time at least. =)

  • As a newer blogger, I am always looking for tips like this! I find that the best thing for me to do is actually set a specific time to do something. Since my blog is baking, I actually schedule in a time specifically to bake so that I can’t skip it. It only sort of works, but it’s better than it used to be!

  • diane says:

    Love to win this 🙂

  • Emily says:

    Lists! I constantly have lists going… They help keep my life and mind organized and accomplish things in an efficient way!

  • CHERYL KUHN says:

    LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!! They keep me sane and organized.

  • Elena says:

    I would love to try this phone…:)

  • Michelle M says:

    I use my Franklin Planner for work and home as well as plain notebook lists!

  • Karyn Hostetter says:

    My tip would be to keep the kids busy doing some work around the house. I would save time because they are helping.

  • Stefanie says:

    Use nap time to your advantage! Cant believe how much I can get done in only 3 short hours.

  • Liz says:

    Make a list & stick to it!

  • noel says:

    focus on one task at a time. i put a basket & notepad wherever i’m working…if something doesn’t belong there, i throw it in the basket to take care of after i finish my primary task. if there’s another project i want to do, i write it on the list…when i do these things it helps me finish one task intead of starting twenty and not finishing any!

  • sadina says:

    I keep an online calender, but also a paper calender that i have right by my computer work station…I jot things down in my phone or in my agenda and then update my online and paper calenders when i get home.

  • Chung says:

    I set up a to do list on my igoogle page right in the middle so that I can see what I need to get done.

  • Felicia Eis says:

    I get done with more in less time when I set my toddler up doing something like coloring or watching a short movie. Its really hard to get anything done with her running around 🙂

  • Lisa Ault says:

    Using lists is a time saver for me.

  • Allyson says:

    My tip would be to not start computer work until you’ve already accomplished (or set aside enough time for accomplishing) your main homekeeping responsibilities. I find that I am much more productive if the house is somewhat straightened and the laundry and meals are in order. Otherwise, I worry about not having enough time to get those main responsibility type things done.

  • Amy says:

    I use naptime to get stuff done! I also love the idea of closing all other tabs/windows and focusing on only one task. it helps me greatly!

  • Trish U says:

    I would love to win! I try to only spend 1 hour on web surfing and then move on. Using a timer really helps!

  • Ashley H says:

    I always love tips on how to manage my time better. Love MMS!

  • Setting a timer is a GREAT way to get stuff done quickly! It’s like a competition with myself. 🙂

  • karen scheivert says:

    I only blog 3 times a day. I do it before the kids wake up, when they go down for a nap and after they go to bed. That way I don’t take away from time with the kids. They will only be young for so long so I don’t want to miss it by being glued to the computer.

  • Jennifer says:

    I use my Outlook calendar to keep me updated with my tasks and link it with my blackberry so I have it handy when I am away from home.

  • vickie says:

    I get up early before we start babysitting our little grandson and do as much as I can. Always an early riser -I blog a little, do dishes etc. -it’s amazing what you can do before any one else gets up in the house. just be quiet!

  • Melanie says:

    Limited TV time!

  • Donna S says:

    One of the best time management tips I have been practicing is to have Actions – @Home @Computer @Errands @E-mail @Calls etc. So when I write a to-do list it is by ‘action’ so when I have 5 minutes for e-mail time I know who’s on my list to e-mail and I don’t forget anyone!

    I’m a geek – and a GTD’er – “getting things done”

  • Joelle says:

    Speaker phone! You can catch up with friends and family while getting dinner ready or doing other things 🙂

  • caroline ling says:

    how to get more things done in less time?

    1) plan ahead. Have a plan, either using outlook or any planner. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME FOR ANY CHANGES. e.g. If you want to do four things today. Each of them may take 1hr. Then plan ahead and make time to be 1hr and a half, so you can make changes if anyting happened. And you can always bring your laptop or planner with you in case you have that extra half hr, then you can use it to do your blog.
    2) use your hand not your mind. Record everything you want to do and put into outlook reminder. Use a help by writing down doesn’t mean you are not smart. On the contrary, you are smart enough to use a tool!
    3) Use small time instead of big trunk of time. If you want to blog some big issue and it’s not urgent to finish, take small time to do it. Once you’ve done, you will feel like you didn’t take too much to finish it.
    4) Don’t feel frustrated if you didn’t finish your plan. Even though you planed perfectly, it may not go as you thought. It doesn’t matter, as long as you tried your best. Give yourself a break, then you won’t feel so upset when you do next thing. If you can’t adjust your emotion, you won’t work effectively and efficiently.
    more things to share, only give you some of my tips here. 🙂

  • Meagan says:

    Make a list of everything you want to get done in a day/week and then prioritize them. This will help you stay focused on the important tasks!

  • Lori says:

    good idea

  • bobbi says:

    I have recently adopted a new outlook. Instead od trying to get “more done,” I ask myself, “will this bring me peace?” If the answer is yes, then I figure out where on my priority list it should go. If trying to cram it all in will only result in me being more stressed out, I have to tell myself to let it go.

  • Paula Zuelke says:

    My tip is to have a routine that you do every day to keep the house clean.

    I would love a new phone!

  • Brandy says:

    I do the same as you. I keep my email box empty. That way I’m not doing the same email twice.

  • Cindy Whitsell says:

    I am not a blogger, but I can absolutely sympathize with the whole multi-tasking (or trying). Then it gets overwhelming and all my time is gone. I love your tip on 20 minute increments. I think I will start utilizing my timer to do a little at a time. It sure sounds like I’ll be getting a lot more done instead of the computer taking all my time away and my house looking like a disaster!!!

  • Jeni says:

    My favorite tip, although I’m not at all a morning person, is to get up early, or at least a little earlier than you normally would. I don’t enjoy it in the least but when I do I find I’ve gotten so much more accomplished than if I hadn’t.

  • Stacey says:

    I get more done at night when the kids are in bed and my husband is also working on his own evening projects.

  • Beulah says:

    I just recently started using the Motivated Moms planner, and I LOVE it! I’m not getting everything done on my list everyday, but I am getting much more accomplished and working on a more useful cleaning schedule. I have my two boys (age 5 and 9) help with the household chores. They have their own chores that they are responsible for daily, but they also help me with my list when there are things on it that they are able to do. I also make the most of the time I have. I love to read, but don’t always have the time to do so. I try to keep a book handy in the car for the times I’m waiting somewhere, here that is often on a train =), so I can squeeze in a little here and there. If I have work that travels well, I take that with me also to appointments, kids’ practices, etc. to work on things like studying, school work, meal plans and things like that.

    Sorry to write such a long response. I’m just very excited to finally be getting things done. I’m sure that will change soon with baby #3 arriving soon! =)

  • Elizabeth T says:

    My tip is creating a time schedule and trying to stick to it. My schedule starts after 9pm when my daughter is a sleep and I allow my self certain amount of time to look through my facebook, emails, and blogs. Also, if I have any extra free time during the day I take that time to look through a blog, check fb, or email (however I only do this if I am caught up on everything else)

  • amanda says:

    I take 10 minutes before bed each night to organize my to do list in order of importance and highlight any items that must take place by or at a certain time.

    Thanks!

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks for the gmail tips! Would love to win the new phone!

  • April says:

    I don’t have any fantastic tips. I try to put everything in my Outlook Calendar so that I am reminded on my computer and phone. I would love to win this phone!

  • beth says:

    My favorite tip is not to multi task. That is true in so many situations.

  • Emily S says:

    When I’m cleaning, I set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and power clean for that whole time. Then, take a 5 or so minute break to get a drink or whatever, then do it again. I seem to get everything done faster this way!

  • Connie Corey says:

    Write it down- doing so frees us brain space (at least for me!) to do other things!

  • I try to write a lot of my posts ahead of time, when I actually have a fresh idea in my head. Rather than sit around and think of what to write or how to word it, writing it down as soon as it pops in my head usually lets me finish a post a whole lot faster.

    This is a great giveaway! Thank you!

  • rebekah rummel says:

    We don’t use the tv in our house – cuts down on noise clutter and keeps the kids busy!

  • I used the setting the timer tip. It has helped me lots (when I actually follow through with it)

  • Kate says:

    I try really hard to mulitask when i can

  • Rebekah Ulrich says:

    I leave the TV off! If it is on, I find myself wasting so much time. If I need a break for a while I try to play with my daughters or read a book. I find then I do not waste the time watching TV and I do not waste time thinking about what I watched.

  • LK says:

    Writing lists was always my way to get more done in those snippets of time when I don’t know what to do first. Now, I use a note-taking program that not only helps me make the lists, but I can share them with others, like a Christmas Gift idea list with my husband! We can be on the same page for errands, etc. This has helped us streamline our household a lot, and without paper lists cluttering up every room of the house!

  • Heather says:

    I use my blackberry, but would love a windows phone to keep organized.

  • Colleen says:

    Like you mention on the computer, I find that I get more done in pretty much all aspects of my life when I unitask!

  • Katie Walker says:

    I always make a list! I write down the most important things that need to get done first, and then other less important things and so on. I love the feeling of crossing things off my list, so that’s a big motivator for me!

  • Teresa says:

    I really like your idea to have only 10 email in your in-box at one time. Often times I read an email and then leave it in my in-box. I am now committed to do something with each email I read and no longer leave it untouched. Read it, then file it or delete it.

  • pam says:

    I try to do little clean ups and pick ups everyday so I don’t have to do a major one all in one day.

  • Ashlee says:

    Dry erase board with my daily list in a central location – eliminates the paper and it is always in the same place!

  • Susan says:

    I would love to win the phone! My favorite time saving tip is menu planning. A tip I learned from MoneySavingMom and LifeAsMOM. It really has made a HUGE difference.

  • I’d love to win. Thanks!
    My best tip: simply be intentional and set priorities or the computer/blog will EAT YOU ALIVE 🙂 that is, eat up all of your time and leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your day.
    Shannon in Indiana <

  • Kimberly Wilson says:

    I use microsoft outlook for tasks, the calendar for events and the journal feature to document important information. You can sync it with your e-mail and receive notificiations via e-mail. Keeps me on track.

  • Heather says:

    I have my kids (almost 3 and 1) help with chores like laundry, dusting, baking, vacuuming, etc. They love it and we can get chores done & mommy time at the same time.

  • Shawn M. says:

    I love the idea of setting up a file for emails that can be answered later. I spend so much of my time answering emails that really could wait until a more opportune time for me.

  • Billie says:

    As an avid multi-tasker I agree I could accomplish more if I were more focused. Point #2 is my motto for the day, maybe longer if I can do it.

  • Diane says:

    my tip: Divide and conquer.

  • April P says:

    My husband really want a Windows phone!

  • Rita says:

    Sometimes I just make a list and I also give my children things to do.

  • Christine Bates says:

    As a mother of 4 kids 2 girls 15 and 8 and my 2 youngest are boys 4 and 6, I am always trying to get more done in less time. My time saving tip is I have the boys take a bath together and after I wash thier hair and bodies I let them play for a little while, and as they play I wipe down the sink and toilet sweep the floor ect… It give them plenty of time to enjoy their bath and I am not just sitting waiting to get out.

  • Rhoda says:

    My best way to get more done in less time is to get help from my kids. Laundry – my 4yo puts away her own, and is getting better at folding each day
    Dusting – my kids each get a rag and we tackle different rooms at the same time.
    Sweeping – again, mini broom and dust pan for the ankle-biters.

  • Jenny says:

    I agree that having lists/planner keeps me on track. I also only keep a small calendar for activities, so once a day is full- that is all I can commit to do that day. Some things have to go to make time for family and “regular” stuff.

  • Shelly N. says:

    I’d say that keeping a running list of things that I want/need to do is key . . . because sometimes I “forget” in the busyness of a house with little children and distractions what I need to do next. And then also, using a timer to complete unpleasant tasks, or in limiting my time on stuff I can get carried away with . . . helps a lot!

  • Tara Wilkinson says:

    The way I get more work done on the computer is to turn on my music playlist. It may sound crazy, but it really helps me focus on the task at hand instead of procrastinating and surfing the web

  • Laura says:

    I limit my web “surfing”, close the computer and walk away!!

  • Julie says:

    Of all the many many ways I have tried to be more efficient with my time, the single best way I have found is about the simplest: Getting to bed ON TIME. I am very guarded about getting a full night of sleep. It makes me alert, able, and motivated from the time I wake up in the morning, to get most everything done.

  • jessica says:

    Don’t get caught up in clicking on links on websites and then more link and more links…before you know it all your time is gone!

  • Samantha says:

    I write myself little notes, and stick them on the bathroom mirror, fridge, etc, I also use my phone LOTS to help with reminders and I write things on my dry erase board that’s on my fridge.

  • Dee says:

    I love to use the alarm and timer features on my cell phone for everything from yoga to baking. Would love to try it out on the new Windows & phone.

    Waiting for this new phone to save me from my phone 😉

  • NerdMom says:

    My problem is that I don’t focus on one thing at a time! I do the scatter technique and seemed shocked when it doesn’t work;).

  • Melanie in KS says:

    I will say, as a WAHM who homeschools her four children, and has a husband that travels a great deal for his employer, that one of my best tips is to severely limit phone conversations. I know so many at home moms who waste so much time on the phone. And yes, I would be one of these moms if I didn’t limit it. 🙂

    Email is much less disruptive as it can be dealt with whenever and doesn’t lead to “chatting” about other issues that are directly connected to the matter at had. In fact, I have such a rule about this that my friends just know I’m not really available on the phone, and if we need to discuss something we have to set a time in advance when I can talk and have the time set aside to do so.

    Having this policy in place has helped me to accomplish all I need to in a day, without as much stress and turmoil. Oh, and having a smartphone, like the one in the giveaway is a tremendous help as well, because you can multitask when waiting at an appointment and so on. I’m huge on multi-tasking as well!

    Melanie

  • Christine says:

    my tip is to use the daily docket (download printable) from Simple Mom.

  • Kelly Thompson says:

    I try to prioritize my to-do list so I can concentrate on the most important things first.

  • Rochelle says:

    One thing that helps me as a blogger is to quit stalking. You know what I’m talking about. Someone leaves me a comment (or I am on a blog leaving a comment) and then I check out their blog. Which then causes me to read their comments and clicking on those peoples websites and the vicious cycle continues. Many times I find a great new blog but many times I find myself wondering how I ended up on a blog several hours later!!

  • Linzi says:

    One of the ways to cut down on time is by establishing a routine and a time frame for most tasks around the house. Another way that I maximize time is by using my husband’s iphone(I don’t have one) to download coupons(app) and it save me a lot of time in clipping and sorting and looking for deals. I have also trained my children(2 and 4) to pick up after themselves and that there is a set time for all activities they enjoy and have trained myself to appreciate their help instead of trying to do everything myself. I also try to involve my children in the things I am doing… like when I am blogging my two kids are in their own computers plugging away(the 4 year old on my old laptop(usually on ‘starfall’, and the two year old on his leapfrog, surrounded by ‘diggers’), it gives them a feeling that they too are doing ‘big kid work’ as my 4 year old puts it(of course there are interruptions, but I usually welcome it after 15/20 mins). This way we are all busy at the same time and ready to move on to the next task, like snack, together.

  • Mr Marks says:

    I like the freedom that I don’t have to answer all of the questions.

  • Julia says:

    I like to read – a lot! In order to continue doing that, and still keep my home in order, I will limit myself to one chapter at a time and then tackle one room. I alternate this order throughout the day and it works great for me! 🙂

  • I wish I had a time saving tip, but I don’t. I love all your tips! Luckily my kids go to bed at 7pm so I have time at night to get stuff done.

  • Amy says:

    I make a To Do list each day and I stick to that list as close as I can. When I deviate, I am less proactive, so I try not to do that! Thanks!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for all the ideas about cutting down on email time. This is helpful even if I don’t have my own blog.

  • Sarah B says:

    Oh, the canned response feature on gmail is so cool! I’ll have to try that out 🙂

  • angela says:

    We have a big family calendar hanging in the kitchen and EVERYTHING goes on this calendar so that we can all look at it and know what were doing and where we are supposed to be. We also use the kitchen timer, like so many others, to help not only the children but also the adults alot certain amount of time to projects to keep us motivated.

  • Tina says:

    Thanks for the tip on keeping your email inbox cleaned out! I’m not a blogger but my inbox is so big that I’m not sure I can ever get it cleaned out. I need to devote a big block of time to getting it cleaned out and then a small block each week to “keep” it cleaned out and organized, thanks!

  • Sarah in MO says:

    Thanks for these great tips. I’m thinking about starting a blog soon, and these will help.

  • Amy A. says:

    Love your blog! The biggest and simplest thing that helps me is to make lists for everything!

  • Madonna says:

    Sign me up!

    The tip: Well, you already hit on my favorite one, which is the canned responses. Love them!

  • Kori says:

    Make a list and stay on task.
    Use Sunday as a day of rest.

  • Sara says:

    I have a place upstairs and downstairs where I collect items that need to be put away, that way I can take 10-15min at a time and get things put away b/c they are all in one spot! I’d love to win!!! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I make a list in the morning of the top 3 things I need to accomplish that day, and check them off as they get done. It helps me be more productive by only have a few things on the list.

  • Katie says:

    I am a nanny, stay-at-home mom, and freelance reporter, so I know all about trying to get stuff done in a timely manner! I find naptime to be incredibly valuable as well! And I would LOVE a new phone! Thanks, Crystal!

  • jen w says:

    I try to save all work until kids are sleeping.

  • Ashley says:

    I allot specific amounts of time for a task. When it’s up, I’m done.

  • Jennifer J says:

    I use a timer when I need to get alot of little things done!

  • Jillian says:

    I’m new to the whole blogging thing. Actually, I started it because I discovered you can turn a blog into a personal book. So, I’m going to eventually print my blog out and give it to my son someday. I get the most done when my boy is napping or asleep. So, that’s when I usually write.

  • Brie says:

    My tip is to keep a notepad handy to write down anything that might distract you while you’re trying to get a project done. I’m always worried that I’ll forget to do something if I don’t do it right away, so having a place to write it down gets it off my mind without interrupting my work. On the computer, I love to use the “Sticky Notes” feature on Windows 7 for this!

  • Melissa says:

    Work only when the kids are napping or asleep so I will not be interrupted.

  • Laura says:

    I’m sure someone has already said this, but using a timer is a *huge* timesaver for me. If I say, “OK, you have 15 minutes to finish editing this post and getting it ready to publish,” then I’m more likely to stay on task and (more importantly) finish! I’m a huge perfectionist, and blogging is a job that is only finished when you say for yourself that it is, so a timer helps me keep a set limit.

  • Heather Shaw says:

    All great advice. I’m trying to build up a blogging schedule right now and I spent some time Saturday mapping out my posts for this week. I have such a great headstart, now I just have to keep the momentum going! I’ve been blogging by the seat of my pants for 3 months now. Now that I’ve got a lot more on my plate workwise…I need to get some organization going.

  • sheri says:

    I love scheduling posts for future times. That way if I am planning to not blog the next day because of something else I am committed to, I don’t stress out. I also have to stay focused on what I am doing or I end up surfing all over the place.

  • Katie says:

    I love the FAQ and search bar idea. It seems silly to me for someone to need to email a blogger about basic questions if they can easily look them up themselves.

  • Priti says:

    I focus on trying to get 3 additional things done during a work day. If anything else comes up, I add it on a list for another day.

  • Rhonda says:

    List making works for me.

  • Rachel says:

    Schedule events/to dos in my phone and set to get a reminder for those very important things.

    Also, to-do lists – I updated and revise my several times a day and always leave the office with a fresh list for the following morning.

  • shristi says:

    I’ve noticed that I get more done when I’ve worked out.

  • Kara says:

    I would love a new phone!

    My tip is to use a planner or calendar to keep appointments, lessons, etc. straight.

    Kara 🙂

  • dorthy says:

    I try to clean and organize my house everyday.

  • I’ve started doing “short posts” in the AM after I read my Bible and before my shower, and then have a “networking” time later when the kids nap. A couple of times a week I block off a bigger chunk of time to do longer, less time-sensitive posts.

    Of course, I adapted a lot of what I’m doing now from ideas you shared at Relevant. =)

  • Erin says:

    Honestly, I think not overthinking what you need to do helps. I’ve been busy working and I didn’t have a chance to take down Halloween decorations and clean, and I’ve been dreading it for *weeks*. On Saturday, I just started doing it, and in a couple hours, I’d put it away and dusted and vacuumed. I’ve got to deal with the upstairs bathrooms and vacuum, and I bet it will be done before I have to start dinner. Once I get motivated and just start!

  • Amy says:

    My tip is to give my day to the Lord in prayer. When I commit everything to Him, I just seem to get more done!

  • Alicia says:

    i like to use lists on my iPhone. You can manage it well and the app that i use records what you accomplished each day on a calendar.

  • Shopping List!
    I know it sounds silly, but making a shopping list and sticking to it will save you time and money! Like you mention, make a menu, find your coupons and go shopping. I have two kids and if I forget something in the store, it drives me nuts to un-load them from the car just to get something I forgot. MAKE A LIST AND BRING YOUR COUPONS!

  • Angie says:

    I also use a timer! It works to motivate children too!!

  • Kendra says:

    Make your to do list in outlook and sync it with your phone. Prioritize items by due date, and work to accomplish those first. Make sure you don’t procrastinate or wait until the last minute. It seems like when you wait to get things done, nothing goes right and then it becomes a stressful situation. As long as you keep organized, accomplishing goals is rewarding, not stressful.

  • Erica Cooper says:

    I make a list of all the things that I need/want to get done. I then number them by “importance”. That way I can keep track of what needs to be done sooner rather then later.

  • denise says:

    I would love a new phone! I get more done if I stay up after everyone is in bed.

  • Betsy says:

    I’ve recently learned about Feedreader, and now subscribe to blogs via RSS feed whenever possible. I like that it keeps these kinds of communications out of my email, and it’s also much faster to review new feeds than any of the various email options of tried.

    Would love a new phone, too!

  • Rhonda R. says:

    I’m a list person. I always have a master list of things I want to do, but then each morning I prioritize the top 3-5 things and tackle them first. If I only get those things done, I don’t get down because I did the most important.

  • Kristen Brawner says:

    I like the Eliminate unnecessary emails suggestion. I should spend a little time unsubscribing from the email lists that I never read.

  • I would love to win 😉
    My tip is too use NotePad or Calander it will help you with day to day things that you have too do

  • Kaui Eiklor says:

    This series has SAVED my life. Thank you SO much for being so open and helpful!!! I just started my blog so I really don’t have any advice for blogging, but I can say what saves me time with cleaning my bathroom: have a set routine every time you clean it.

    I start from top to bottom and it really makes a difference ’cause then I’m not picking fuzz or somthing off of the floor after I’ve already cleaned it. It really only takes me about 20-30 minutes at the most to clean my bathroom (I also have a small bathroom).

    I’d so love a new phone! Thanks 😉

  • Jeannette says:

    I make a list of what I need to get done and the approximate times I need out to the side. I sometimes set a timer if I’m at home – otherwise I set reminder alarms on my phone so I don’t spend too much time on something and can’t get the other items done.

  • Susanne says:

    I have to have lists that I can go by and cross things off as I accomplish them! I keep a notepad in several special places so that I always have one handy!

  • Melissa N. says:

    i would love to win the phone. i try to check email while i feed my baby to save time.

  • Kendra says:

    I also make to-do lists, then check off when things are done. Another thing I do is have a set bedtime so I don’t stay up late doing and doing. Getting a good nights rest helps me be productive the next day.

  • Lisa Mathews says:

    I would love to win a free phone! My current phone is very outdated and I would love to have something more modern 🙂

  • Lori Rikard says:

    These are all great ideas. I also setup a junk email account to receive responses from sweepstakes & giveaways so they don’t bog down my primary account.
    Would love to win the new phone so I can stay organized on the go!

  • Kelli says:

    I take advantage of my shower time. As a mother of 2, the shower is usually the only place that I’m alone. While in the shower, I make mental lists of what needs to be accomplished, or start talking through what I need to write. When I was in college, we would hang laminated notes in the shower to help us study. This works for kids and spelling words too!

  • Tracey Bridges says:

    I’m a list maker and try to accomplish as many tasks on my list each day as is possible. I manage alot of my paperwork and return phone calls while waiting in the carpool line. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Leslie says:

    I think it helps to make a list, and prioritize what needs to get done. Then work through the list and cross things off as they get done!

  • ashley b says:

    Dry-erase board and to-do lists! Submitting to win a new phone: CHECK! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    The phone looks cool and the information on timely blogging without losing time is awesome and helpful!

  • Chelsea says:

    Divine intervention baby! That, plus writing several posts all at once then scheduling them to show up a day or two later, is how I maximize my blog efforts.

  • Laura Gordy says:

    I would go further with the time increments spent on social media…it is easy to get lost link-following….I set up a timer for facebook, twitter, etc and when it goes off…I click close!

  • Katherine says:

    On my blog right now, I do a lot of deals and freebies as they come up – can’t really plan ahead for those. I do crafts and recipes posts when I find something that’s interesting, so I haven’t really been planning ahead for those (except for my 20 Days of Homemade Christmas Ornaments, which I’m working on right now and will run in December). But I have a few weekly features that I outline right away on Sunday, and then add to as the week goes on. That way every time I log into my blog, they’re right at the top reminding me to finish them.

  • Kacie says:

    I installed a program on my computer to help me track where my time is being spent. It’s giving me real perspective on how much time I’m wasting, and at what time periods! That way, I can come up with some tangible ways of improving. For example, I discovered (though I’m not surprised) that I’m on Facebook WAY too much. So I’m now looking for a plug in that will block the site for part of the day.

    Anyway, the initial program I used is called “Rescue Time.”

    • Lori says:

      Oh – thank you! I need to check that out! I know I spend too much time on FB and on emails . . . gotta get it in check! I would LOVE to spend more time blogging, but I always feel like I run out of time (with taking care of 5 kids and a hubby as well as some other goals and projects)!
      Thanks!

      @Kacie,

  • Carolyn says:

    When I’m done on the computer, I’m DONE. No surfing, rechecking email “one last time,” clicking through extra links because “it sounds interesting,” etc. I get up and walk away because the more time I spend staring at this screen means the less time there is available for family.

  • sheeba mathew says:

    Great tips…Mine is to organize and micro-organize every important task for the day. I have a notepad by my bedside wich lists tasks for the day…sometimes it takes time but prioritizing always does work…by teh way i would really love to try this phone…my current one is in shambles and due to be replaced…

  • Christina says:

    The thing that helps me and my family accomplish more is to make lists. Very detailed lists. My children and I all love to check things off when we finish something. My husband and I went out for a long day date one day a couple weeks ago. We left a very detailed (2 page) list of things for the children to do. They didn’t accomplish all of it but they accomplished more than we expected because they made a game out of seeing who could get the most check marks.

  • Heather says:

    Set up an online calendar like google calendar to remind you to post and brainstorm post ideas!

  • lise says:

    while talking on the phone with friends, I try do some light housekeeping around the house.

  • Debbie says:

    Lists are always a time saver for me and not “surfing” the net. Just go to what I need and then log off!

  • Olivia says:

    For me, the key is using time when the kids are in bed at night to blog rather than Facebook!

  • mitzie says:

    The best way for me is to make a list listed by priority. As the day goes on, I cross things off my list and re-prioritize if needed.

  • Kristy says:

    Making a “top six” to-do list everyday helps me get done what I need to do in an efficient manner.

  • Cindy says:

    If I have alot of “little” things that need doing, such as things to put away, small cleaning projects, etc. I do a “frenzie”! Set the timer for twenty minutes and then zoom about the house and try and do as much as I can before the timer goes off…gets things done and makes it fun!

  • Lori Hibbard says:

    What a great phone! I try and stick to a daily routine and limit activities that are not important…I’m learning to be more productive with each day so that quiet time and family is ranked #1!

  • Jenny C. says:

    I swap babysitting with a friend and on those nights, where I’m at someone else’s house (no cleaning to do!) I blog multiple posts and schedule them over a week or two.

  • bdaiss says:

    #1 – just do it. (Oy am I the world’s #1 procrastinator)
    #2 – work in small bits. 15 minutes, 20, or whatever works. Set a timer and just focus for those few minutes. Then, if you still just aren’t in cruising mode, switch to a new task. I find some days it takes me two or three starts before I get my groove going. But eventually I do. And at least I did something productive with those 15 minutes instead of just worrying my to-do list.

  • Lee says:

    The best way to get something done is just to do it. If it is something you are dreading, like scrubbing the toilettes…schedule it. usually a really stinky cleaning job gets done once a week, and is followed by a cup of tea!

  • Aimee says:

    This may sound really crazy, but I have found that if I don’t sit down when I am working on the computer, I get a lot more done because it reminds me that I need to stay on my toes and on top of my to-do list. So, when I want to check email, or a great blog like this one, I put my computer on the island in the kitchen and stand next to it. I don’t want to stand there for more than 10 minutes, and then I am able to jump back in to the next thing on my schedule. When I wasn’t doing this, there were so many times when I would go to the office to check “just one thing” and before I knew it, 30 minutes had gone by!

    • Jennifer says:

      @Aimee, I like this idea. It’s so easy to get comfy on the couch with the computer and stay there for a lot longer than planned. I am going to have to try your method! thanks 🙂

  • Laura says:

    I use the time I spend on public transportation to go through emails or use social media sites. I bring my laptop with me and sometimes spend that hour responding to urgent emails, sometimes searching for good deals.

    I also make a list of things I need to get done and make some them very doable. For instance rather than listing “do errands”, I have “pet store”, “grocery store”, “post office” and cross each one off as I go. Rather than having one insurmountable task, I can be happy if I get through half of them especially if something comes up that I can’t predict. I try to create 3 finish-able things per day!

  • Jessica says:

    I think having a schedule and a list helps. I like your blocks of time to do specific things.

  • Erin says:

    Instead of looking at my commute on public transportation as a hassle, I put the time to good use. I organize my coupons, make lists, read or just zone out and listen to music. If I feel like I had a little “me” time during my commute, I’m much happier giving my time to my family when I get home.

  • Jenny says:

    My tip – Don’t think your children need to be a certain age to help out- Let your toddlers help out however they can! My 2.5 year old loves pushing around the vacuum with my supervision. Obviously he isn’t a substitute for Mommy, but I figure he does probably at least get some dirt off the floor! 🙂 Every little bit helps!

  • Lynette says:

    Sunday night I plan my week and then I’m not flustered trying to prioritize throughout the week

  • Meredith says:

    I get up early! Starting the day fresh and before other things pull at my time helps me get ahead and use my time more effectively. The same hour of ‘free’ time at the end of the day is much more difficult to use well than an hour at the beginning.

  • I would love to win the phone, my time saving tip is to install WordPress on your iphone so that you can write while waiting at the Dr’s office, school pick up line, etc…

  • Tawna says:

    I like to make to-do lists. Seeing what I need to do and being able to check it off is always a good thing!

  • Susan says:

    I have a set cleaning schedule; each room is deep-cleaned once annually. Kitchen is August, then the kids’ rooms one month at a time when school starts, etc. I take Dec. off. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

  • LeAnna B. says:

    I try to make a schedule of computer time. Really hard, but I try to only get on after the kids go to bed.

  • Erin Clark says:

    I make a top 10 list for the day and try to make it through the list, sometimes I only get one done, sometimes I get all 10!

  • Linda says:

    School lunches are made and outfits picked out and ironed the night before so there is no rushing around in the morning.

  • Julie says:

    I recently added a data plan to my phone and when I am waiting in car line to pick up my oldest I try to clear out as many emails as possible.

  • Rachel H. says:

    Routine. I try to keep to the same type of activities each day of the week. I also try simplify as many areas of my life as possible.

  • What saves me the most time right now is to get my posts written in advance. I set them up to autopost at random times. This way if it’s a busy day I don’t feel that I have to blog because I already have at least one post going up for the day. This also allows me time to make corrections with a fresh set of eyes before the post is final.

  • Angela says:

    I write things down, so I can go back and write them later instead of feeling like I’ve always got to get to the computer to write out my ideas.

  • Kathryn says:

    I have my kiddos help me. At first, it seems like it takes more time to do things but it is so worth it later b/c they not only learn valuable skills – it takes way less time!

  • Cheryl says:

    I read while I’m eating!

  • Tami says:

    My tip is to have a list of the things that need done.

  • Lisa says:

    I make lots of lists! There is something so very satisfying about checking something off of a list 🙂

  • Virginia Kuhn says:

    I try to clean my bathroom while the boys are in the tub playing after I’ve washed them- since I’ve gotta be in there anyway, might as well do something productive! 🙂

  • J says:

    Restrict yourself to a certain amount of time on the computer (using a timer!!!). It can be a major time waste-r otherwise!!

  • K. C. says:

    My best tip is to learn to say no. Don’t feel guilty that you can’t do everything. Say no for your kids too. They don’t have to be involved in every single activity available to have a wonderful happy childhood!

  • Jen says:

    I totally agree with “shutting out the noise.” At work, people can be the largest distraction so I let myself plug into my Ipod for an hour to an hour and a half in order to focus just on work and keep the other distractions away. I will even ignore phone calls and return them when my time is up.

  • Amber says:

    I like the ‘canned’ email response idea. I didn’t realize that gmail had that. I will have to look into it.

  • byung says:

    I create deadlines and impose a mild but annoying penalty for not meeting deadlines.

  • zeida says:

    I try to get a lot done during my toddler’s naptime. As far as exercise, I often do an exercise program that can be incorporated when I’m playing with my son. Basically, incorporating things in everyday situations is ideal for me.

  • Brandy Fisk says:

    I do work while my son is asleep or at school.

  • Vanessa says:

    I give myself a “sceen-time” allowance just like I do for my kids.

  • Brooke says:

    My time saving tip is basic menu planning. Simple, yet so helpful.

  • John Graham says:

    The segment on taming the email monster was great. So much of my time is wasted every day because of unnecessary emails. Great tips throughout though!

  • beth says:

    love your blog!

  • Sam in AZ says:

    While my kids are taking their naps which is normally 1-3 hours, I use this time as my computer time to check blogs and my emails.

  • Montessa says:

    I always go through my mail right when I get it and take care of stuff immediately so I don’t have to go through it twice

  • Amanda says:

    I get more done by planning a menu for the week. I find if I sit down and figure out the whole week at once, it is much faster than trying to figure it out on the spot each evening. Thanks for the chance to win and for this series – great info!

  • Stephanie Hacker says:

    Since I read your post about time management, and saw something about ‘praying for God to multiply your time’, I have done that every morning, and I can’t believe how amazing that works!!! Our mornings are much smoother and we get ready for our day in less time! I pray for Him to multiply the time I get to sleep as well, and I feel more rested in the morning!! I have a 4 year old girl, a 6 month old baby boy, and work 50-55 hours a week, my husband works 55 hours a week on 2nd shift, so I don’t get much help from him, so any minute multiplied is absolutely precious to me! Even if I am not chosen for the Windows phone, I can’t thank you enough for the idea to pray for God to multiply my time!! It has truly done wonders!!

  • Tara says:

    I daily use the good, old-fashioned write-a-list-&-check-it-off method to organize my time & work efficiently.

  • Elizabeth Lara says:

    “My time” is from 4:45am til 6:00am daily. It’s so hard b/c I’m not a morning person at all. I have 2 little ones, so this is when I get time alone.

  • Roseann says:

    As an adult with horrible ADD I find that multi-tasking is not an option for me or I get incredibly overwhelmed and then get angry at myself for not accomplishing anything. I take one task at a time. I make a list the night before and I number the list in order of importance and complete one task at a time. I used to beat myself up if I didn’t complete the list but now I realize that I’m not a kid anymore with unlimited energy (I’m 54) so if I can accomplish one or two things on the list I consider it a good day.

  • Sara says:

    I like setting a timer and doing as much as I can before time is up. Works for big jobs too, that you just can’t make yourself get to because you know it’s gonna take forever!

  • Wendy Boyd says:

    I have a rotating calendar of events which keeps me in check. For example, Monday is “bank & post office day”, Tuesday’s are my grocery shopping days; I schedule ALL dr.’s, dentists, vision, school appointments for Thursday afternoons (unless they are SICK :), Wednesday and Sunday is for church and that’s it…I absolutely do not schedule anything out of sequence, if it needs to be done it can picked up the next week. And of course, my Outlook Calendar is preloaded with these tasks so it takes the worry out of forgetting :)…..Enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

  • Raquel says:

    Norwex cleaning cloths

  • Mary Lavook says:

    I love the idea of winning a free phone. Thank you!

  • Michelle says:

    I do my couponing errands on the weekends while my kids and husband take naps. It gives me time to get out and do my shopping without missing family time.

  • Mary says:

    Would love this!!

  • Amy Miller says:

    When I’m going to one part of the house anyway I try to take something along that needs to be put away!

  • Candice Storm says:

    I save time by doing OAMC and freezer meals.

  • Amy h says:

    Staying organized and making lists help me out immensely!

  • MJ says:

    I just write things down and try to stay ahead of things. It seems more rushed when I wait until the last minute to get things done!

  • Kari says:

    I love being able to subscribe to just feeds that I need/want to read. It’s amazing how much computer time you save when I only have to open my google reader and everything is there for me… instead of me individually going to each website!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for these post – I am really learning a lot about time management, blogging (I really like the information on blogging with Amy) and how to handle a blog. I really think my best time management tool is to only check facebook and my email only three times a day (morning, noon and night).

  • I do my best to work in blocks. Work on X for an hour and then take a short break doing something I enjoy.

  • Diana says:

    I like to plan tomorrow’s day activity the night before. Like packing what I need in my bag and what to wear so I won’t forget things and rush in the morning. On top of that I like to write my do list on my white board in my room as a reminder what I need to get done. I found that to be more effective than writing my do list on my computer or somewhere digital.

  • renee says:

    My tips are
    1 make a list what you want to do
    2 do the most important thing first, in order to finish most of the things that i want to do when you don’t have enough time.
    3 mark it after you finish each of the tasks
    4 have a good habit to keep it going, don’t just do the list one day and stop the other day.

    Hope I will win the phone, my current phone is really old now.

  • Josh Tennis says:

    Anytime I go out shopping I make a list of what I need or at least some idea of what I am looking for. That way you have at least a general guideline to work off of. Otherwise, I spend way to much time and money!

  • Chantile says:

    I’m a total list maker! I write down everything I need to get done, and then group them in order of priority. If things are on the lower priority, I take a look and see if I REALLY have to get that done, or if it’s something that I can let pass for awhile. (And yes, if I’ve done something that I forgot to write down, I’ll add it to the list and cross it off. lol)

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • crystal says:

    I get the whole family involved in organizing their stuff. That way there is more time for everyone and everyone is learning valuable time management skills. We all do the task(like or back packs or lunches) together and block out the time….We actually have more time for fun things to do and we also get to spend time doing menial but necessary tasks together. L:iving by a schedule is not restrictive but frees us up alot.

  • Jennifer Hallier says:

    I try to get as much done the night before school so I don’t feel rushed in the morning when the kids are up and I need to “push” them to get ready! I also own a daycare, so I try to get as much done during the naptime. My time is limited…I could really use something to help me get through things quicker!

  • Melissa Hatch says:

    I love all of your tips for staying organized and having a routine! I find that the computer is my biggest time suck. I am going to try to have specific times to do certain tasks and see if it helps me get what I need to done in a reasonable amount of time. Thanks!

  • Melissa says:

    I have to keep my priorities in check. If I don’t take time to have my quiet time with God in the morning, the whole day seems crazier. If I allow Him to be in charge of my day instead of me, life goes so much smoother. I also need to allow time for my family. When it is all said and done, these are the things that will really matter the most to me. The rest of my to do list doesn’t seem so burdensome when I am focused on why I am doing it and have a thankful heart.

  • My best tip is to let go of perfectionism! I have left my blog without updates for long periods of time because I didn’t think I write everything in the exact way I wanted to. Same with tackling projects at home.

    I am learning it is best to do a little rather than nothing at all 🙂

    I didn’t know Windows had a phone!

  • Jilian D. says:

    I make lists and prioritize the tasks in order of size and importance. I find that when I have a few minutes in between important bigger tasks, I can knock out the little tasks and get much more done!

  • Robin Y says:

    Pick me! Pick me! 😛

  • kimme says:

    I use lists and reminders on my phone to keep me on track.

  • Katrina says:

    One of the major things I do is actually not having a cell phone! Those things do EVERYTHING these days and it is easy to get caught up being on your cell phone instead of doing things that matter. However, I am signing up for this giveaway because I would like to give this to my mom and dad. They use their phones instead of a land line and don’t have internet at home because they can’t afford it. I would love to give this to them as a Christmas present! Thanks!

  • Christy says:

    I would love a phone like that! I’m taking alot of notes on your time managment series because lately I’ve not gotten anything done. Seriously!

  • Christy says:

    I would love a phone like that! I’m taking a lot of notes on your time management series because lately I’ve not gotten anything done. Seriously!

  • Alicia says:

    My husband really needs this phone. Thanks for the giveaway! 😉

  • Amy Lacey says:

    One of my best choices for time management was to de-clutter my house! When you have less “stuff,” you have less to clean, wash, find, and take care of. Less work means more time saved!

  • Whether it is my business, my household, or my tennis game. I have learned the importance of prioritizing my TO_DO’s. When I get the essentials done, I have the ability to knock out the rest without the stress and worry, that something won’t get done.

  • neha says:

    I use lists, email and phone pop up reminders to help me stay on task. The trick is to not just ignore them and get them done.

  • Idaho Jill says:

    I make use of my yahoo calendar. As I remember things that need to be done on the weekend, I set it up on the calendar ; then set it up to be emailed to me Sat. morning. I don’t have to have pieces of paper everywhere, and it stays in my email until I finish the tasks. It works for me 🙂

  • Tiffany says:

    Like many of you, I am also a list maker. One thing that really helps me is to use a large notebook instead of a small one. I draw lines to make four quadrants and then put my things to do for the week: Home To Do; Office To Do; Meal Planning; Other. Then I just jot down things as I think of them so I don’t forget. Then transfer over the things that didn’t get done to next week’s list.

    I’ve heard many people say that writing it down helps you get it out of your brain so you don’t stress over it – this really helps me. And you have an accomplishment of marking things off!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lauren says:

    I’ve just recently cleaned out one of our email accounts. It had piled up to the point that I dreaded checking it! It’s so helpful (in Gmail) to be able to search for emails from a certain sender, and then select them all for deletion. Labels are awesome, too. If I need to see something related to our DVD club, I just check the list of labels and it shows when there’s a new message. No more searching through all those emails!

    And gotta love how you can select “Mark all as read” when dealing with emails where you really only need to read the subject line. Ah….wonderful.

  • Steph says:

    I love babywearing while I’m doing safe chores like sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting. It gives me and my little one plenty of snuggle time while doing something I don’t like doing otherwise!

  • Jamie says:

    I block out a certain time of the day that I can be on the computer. Once the time is up the computer goes off.

  • Sabrina Lawrence says:

    I would love to try this new phone!

  • Michele C. says:

    Routines and to-do lists are the biggest things that help me get a lot accomplished. This way I don’t have to think about EVERYTHING I have to do, much of it can be done on “automatic”.

  • Julie says:

    I guess I make time “budgets”. Especially with cleaning. I map out exactly what I want to get done for the week, how long each task should take, and then organzie what I’ll do and when. It’s amazing how much more motivated when I’m crossing things off of the list and getting more accomplished than I had planned!

  • april says:

    when I think of an idea for a post, i jot it down in my notebook, then go back and expand on it when i have a few minutes

  • Liz V. says:

    In the car I’m afraid is where I get most of my free time – I will call home and leave numerous messages about things to do or check into on the drive in to work. I also listen to books on CD because I don’t have time to read when I am at home!

  • elizabeth says:

    my favorite tip…enlist help! I expect my kids to contribute to our household chores as members of the family. They don’t get paid for these chores, just as my husband and I don’t get paid. We are privelaged to have a home and we will take care of it TOGETHER 🙂 After almost 10 years of cleaning the bathrooms, etc., they are getting pretty good at it!

  • Sarah H says:

    This is pretty obvious and common I’m sure but I’ve found that a simple to do list for each day helps me out immensely!

  • jodi a says:

    I am a mom of 3 boys so I make sure that I always have my lists with me and have my coupons in my car.

  • esther says:

    plan out what you know has to get done during the day and then you will find that you have more time for the incidentals.

  • Melanie says:

    Setting a timer or an end time for a specific task helps me to be more efficient and focused at getting things done.

  • Terri F says:

    What great advice! I really need to work on cleaning up the e-mails I receive. I just need to find time to do it! 🙂

  • Doaa says:

    I’d love to win for sure .. Planning is a key for me .. I also like to do house cleaning in same day of every week .. It helps when I cook main dishes on Sunday then add sides during the week .. Combine errands .. Discipline about your daily scheudle .. these are some tips .. Good luck

  • Heather says:

    Have a certain day of the week where you do things, like Monday for cleaning, Wednesday for bills, Thursday for errands, etc.

  • 15 minutes on Facebook?? Are you sure you didn’t leave off a zero or two on the end of that number? Guess I’ll have to work on that one….

    I don’t really have a good tip, since I tend to a distracted time-waster. But I do write my posts at night and schedule them to post during the day, so at least it looks like I’m working during the day, when really I’m out playing with my kids.

  • liz says:

    i’ve set up folders in my gmail for things like facebook, so any messages/comments that people post to my facebook page go there. since facebook is more of a “fun” thing for me, having those types of messages go into a folder that i can tackle when i have time is great.

  • Saundra A says:

    I make lots of list. It helps to make a to do list and try to stick to it.

  • Kristin says:

    I try to save certain mindless tasks for the times I have to be on the phone for long periods of time. (For example, ironing while using my bluetooth handsfree device). That way I “kill two birds with one stone,” so to speak.

  • Rose says:

    Sweet- these are great tips that if used would help me maximize my computer time. Thanks

  • S.B. says:

    I save time my being organized , got all of my most useful websites favorite placed and use roboform

  • Melanie M says:

    I also use a timer! When it goes off, it’s time to move on!

  • Jamie says:

    I really could use a new phone! Mine has about had it. This would be an awesome phone to have!

  • Nicole says:

    I schedule blogging time after the kids are in bed. It’s just too hard to concentrate while they are all running around the house.

  • Karen says:

    I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I involve my toddler in all of my household tasks. The tasks take a bit longer than if I did them myself, but I know that having him by my side keeps him from all the creative distructions that I would have to clean up in addition to the normal chores. So 30 minutes putting clean dishes away is certainly less time than 10 minutes putting clean dishes away and the 30 minutes I would need to clean up the spilled potted plants and scattered cat food dragged across the house!

  • Marci B says:

    I give my each of my twins a dusting cloth, then tell them to play Cinderella. The dusting gets done and I can vacuume while they are busy!

  • Rebecca Dula says:

    Great ideas. I try to limit my internet time to early in the morning while the rest of the house is sleeping or on my phone while I am waiting for school to get out or waiting for an appointment.

  • Sara says:

    Make a list and stick to it!

  • LoveToShop says:

    My schedule rules my life, not that I’m not flexible where I have to be, but I have a devoted 30 minutes each and every sunday evening after the kids are in bed and I’ve had my shower. I take that 30 minutes to make the weeks schedule and plan our dinner menu(once every every sunday, not every week cause we plan two weeks at a time)…I find by MAKING that time and sticking to that schedule as closely as possible I feel more fufilled and more gets done.

  • Rachel R. says:

    For blogging purposes, I’ve found TweetDeck to be a time saver.

  • Megan Knowles says:

    1. Make a list
    2. Delegate when appropriate. It is OK to ask my husband to help w/ dishes!

  • Lisa says:

    i always make a list of what needs done with the most imporant stuff at the top of the list

  • Shannon says:

    I try to clear out the clutter every week or so. It causes less stress and is less stuff for me to clean/keep track of if I just throw it out or recycle it.

  • Heidi says:

    To save time I limit my time online. Also, I say ‘no’ to several activities that would take away from our family time. I know these sound like simple suggestions, but they really make my life stress-free & protect our family time together.

  • Julie says:

    Stay focused! I tend to waste time if I don’t make a list and then determine to work on it until everything is finished (that’s the hardest part! 🙂

  • Hannah says:

    Set aside time every day. Otherwise, it falls off your radar and you lose readership.

  • Lori Jarvenpaa says:

    I sure could use a new phone! thanks for the great tips!

  • Millie says:

    sticking to my schedule of only spending certain amounts of time for certain things is the biggest help to me in getting things done more efficiently–thx for the giveaway!

  • Josh Durham says:

    I didn’t know Gmail had such great functionality. So, the tip I am taking away from this is: start using a Gmail account! Thanks!

  • Deanna says:

    I really try set limits in every aspect of my life and what doesn’t get finished goes to another day. This helps me keep my family a priority instead of “chores”… including the internet.

  • ShaNae says:

    Just having a plan saves so much time. That’s what I do to get more done

  • I’d love to win, my cheap flip phone is breaking and I’d love to have internet access!

  • Melissa Garza says:

    Thanks so much for the great deals. Perfect timing for me if I win, am really needing a new phone but having to wait until just before Christmas to get one.

  • brooke says:

    My best tip is to plan ahead. Homeschooling, house hold management, and mothering all require organization and careful planning. Thanks for the chance to win the phone!

  • Amanda says:

    Is it cheating if I reiterate one of the above? In an effort to be less stressed at work (and home!) I started following tip C and I can’t even begin to explain how fantastic it is. Just seeing the (mostly) empty in-box gives me such a thrill.

  • Mylia says:

    I limit myself the computer. I hate taking too much time from my precious children! I turn off the computer everytime I’m done with a session, that way I can’t get distracted.

  • Sharon says:

    I found a lot of useful information in your article “More Done in Less Time”. I particularly like the hints in the “Tame the Email Monster” section. I plan to put them to use as I am sometimes overwhelmed with my inbox. Thanks Sharon

  • redheadmommy76 says:

    I watch the show “Help Me Hannah” on PBS and I heard a very useful rule from Hannah… “When you see something that needs to be done, do it NOW. Don’t put it off till later, because you probably won’t go back and do it.” I’m the worst about making a mental list to pick this or that up or straighten this area LATER. But, really, if I just take 1-10 seconds to do it right when I see what I need to do, the job gets done, the area looks better, and I FEEL GOOD because I see instant results.

    Of course this rule doesn’t apply to ALL things, but for little jobs it sure does work! 🙂

    Rachel

  • aparna says:

    I am just starting as a blogger. Thanks for all the tips These will be very handy. Please enter me for windows phone7.

  • Skye says:

    I write a to do list for the week, this helps me to get everything done but without the stress. I also put important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, appointments and general notes in my blackberry so that I have a reminder just in case something slips my mind.

  • JK Topp says:

    I write down my ideas, etc. of what I want to post so when I sit down at the computer I know exactly what I am doing.

  • Sara Hazen says:

    write down things that I would like to do during the day while I’m on the bus- and then check off the things I got done while I’m on the bus on my way home!

  • Rochelle says:

    i don’t blog, but I’m struggling as a single parent of a 5 year old and 3 year old to keep up with the cleaning. So I’m using a printable calendar found at http://www.justmommies.com/articles/home-organization-plan.php I don’t know anything else about the site, but I love this printable calendar!

  • Michelle Langley says:

    I set up an alternate email address for “junk mail”. All the sites that I have to register to to access and print coupons or get good deals get registered under an alternate email address. Then I know that those aren’t time sensitive emails.

  • Julia says:

    Multi-task.
    If you have kids, start them doing chores early with you. Tell them when they get old enough, they might be able to do them alone. Seriously.
    I sort laundry, grab hangars, and do toilets, dishes, cooking, and e-mail at the same time. Any down time can be used to make progress on another, less time-sensitive jobs, like billpay, picking up around the house, answering e-mails, etc…

  • Sandra says:

    I love to have my 3 year old help me with my laundry folding. Some days, it really doesn’t save a lot of time, but I get to spend time with her while her sister is napping.

  • Kendra Brown says:

    I make lists each day and prioritize them.

  • Catherine says:

    Thank you! I really like the ideas here, and it seems like such a help not to be bouncing around applications!

  • Ashley says:

    I have two email accounts one for personal stuff and the other for when I fill out surveys and sweepstakes.
    I also do the one thing at a time idea. As a senior in college, I easily have about ten things to do in one night, and I’ve found out that setting a certain amount of time for each thing with a 5 minute break in between, will get stuff accomplished faster than sitting there trudging through it

  • Alissa says:

    I take a nap. I find when I’m tired I do everything more slowly and less efficiently. When I take a short nap, I can work much faster and more efficiently. Even with the time lost sleeping, I still accomplish much more than if I had pushed through the exhaustion.

  • Holly Norton says:

    A trick to getting more done in less time? Assign your husband and/or children some responsibilities. That way, you are not doing every single thing and more things get done in less time!

  • When I have a chunk of time, I sit down and prepare many posts and schedule them for preceding days…. by doing this I can know that fresh content will be added to my blog every few days, even if I’m not there to do it on that actual day!

  • Judy says:

    I make lists and try to group things that go together to eliminate bouncing back and forth – either from store to store, room to room, etc.

  • shannon schneider says:

    The thing that saves me the most time is writing to-do lists… Sounds simple… But doing this helps me remember what I need to accomplish that day and keeps me on-task all day long.

  • Kim says:

    I like to carry a small notebook with me so I can jot down ideas when I’m on the run, away from my computer. Then as part of a morning routine, they get integrated into my tasks list that I keep in Outlook.

  • Kris says:

    Having a very basic, flexible schedule. Prioritizing what must get done vs. what can wait.

  • Mike says:

    Organization- Sometimes it may seem like you don’t have time to organize, but without it many things take longer. With things in their place, and room to work; the simple tasks go faster.

  • Stephanie matthews says:

    list making is a way that i am able to stay on top of my to do’s!!!

  • Kelly says:

    I always try to plan my day the evening before so that I’m mentally prepared to tackle those projects!

  • Celeste says:

    I am not a blogger but I do work full time and I have been married for a little over a year. To get things done quickly at home, I make lunches the night before work for my husband and I, and I also plan dinner for the next day as well and clean up dishes from that night. I like to do tasks in sections.

  • Christy Brittain says:

    1. Get the kids (and hubby) working with me! 2. Turn on some music for motivation. 3. Take time every so often to make lists to re-prioritize what’s important and what’s not.

  • Amy says:

    Making a list is the only way I can do it!

  • Patty Cerney says:

    I use the timer on my phone for so many things. Everything from helping me not burn the brownies to how long my daughter should shower for. Otherwise, I lose track of time and that is wasted time.

  • jdp says:

    Delegate! Thats my best tip for getting more done. Family members ALL need to participate in household chores and meals (planning, shopping, prepping, making and clean up). Don’t try and haul the whole load at work. Be able to say “I can’t” if it truly won’t fit in your workday and delegate what you can. Delegate doesn’t have to mean to a person – to an automated system, to an outside source, to a program even.

    Would love to try a new phone!

  • Amber says:

    I love to have the children listen to books on tape while they play lego’s or other toys. They need to read the books for school anyway so having them do 2 things at once has been a life saver that way I can be free to help the younger children with their school or organize our home!

  • Kristy Villalobos says:

    I have my husband take my son out of the house, so I can get things done quickly without being called on every few minutes!

  • emily burkhart says:

    Making list is a must! I divide my house into 4 sections 1-living room, 2 kitchen/dining, 3 bathroom, 4 My bedroom I take from 5 to 15 min every day in each room. Even if it is just a little it cuts down on the amount of cleaning I need to do over all. Also delegate, you do not have to do everything!! I give my six year old a few responsibilities each day, making her bed, getting herself ready in the morning, setting out her homework after school, helping to clear the table. These things are very small but save me a ton of time put all together!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I don’t do it as much as i should, but I have found using a timer set for a certain amount of time helps me to focus on that project and get it down quickly.

  • Melissa says:

    I get as much sleep as I can fit in with an infant. It makes EVERYTHING easier and I can get so much more done if I’m not lacking greatly in sleep. Tackling my to-do list becomes much more realistic and manageable!

  • Nicky says:

    I am in love with my planner…and I make LOTS of lists!!

  • Ellen says:

    I write a to-do list each night. This way I won’t forget what needs to be done and I can prioritize daily. As for blogging, I carry a simple spiral notebook and write blog posts while I wait for my kids during their activities. Then, I can come home and type them it, editing while I go.

  • Sara says:

    Make a list and focus on just one thing at a time… especially on the computer it is so easy to get sidetracked on webpages or in emails. After I complete the list, then I can waste away time… if there is any extra. 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I make a list and prioritize it in categories. Then I set aside time to get things done. I also try to remain flexible, as life happens!

  • Courtney McIlwain says:

    I make a list of all things I have to do. I try to keep my house as organized as possible so it makes life easier

  • Nick P. says:

    Create context-based todo lists — that way when you are at your computer, your todo list only for things that you can do on your computer — not things you need to do in your yard or errands you need to do. a la GTD.

  • Andi says:

    To Do Lists help make sure I get everything done on time!

  • Nicole says:

    I multitask my day by bringing my mail with me when I go to school to pick up my daughter. While I wait in line I open the mail, sort it and discard the trash. THanks!!

  • Jill M says:

    Make a list! I have to write down what I want to accomplish to help me focused on one goal at a time.

  • MaryEllen says:

    I have learned as a blogger that I’ll get more done if I don’t get distracted by…ahem..entering giveaways and reading other blogs during blogging time. 🙂 I try to have actual blogging time during the kids’ naptime. If I want to relax and surf, I (usually) do that in the evenings.

  • Stephanie says:

    I take the company vanpool to and from work, which saves me time on my commute. I use this time to read all my ‘junk’ emails (which often have deals that come in handy), catch up on my magazine reading, or just socialize with my vanpool friends.

  • Melissa H. says:

    I get the whole family involved in the household chores. I have a chore chart for my boys (ages 5 and 8). They make a little bit of money for each chore, and I have one less thing to do! Plus there is an even better reward- teaching my children the value of honest work, which in today’s world is rare.

  • Kayla says:

    What a great post! Your time management posts and Amy’s book have been such wonderful blessings. I really like how you budget your computer time. I’ve found that making lists help me to be more productive. With my current season of life (I stay home with 3 little ones and am pregnant), I have found that shorter lists (and reducing my expectations) has actually helped me to be more productive (and less stressed). You have also inspired me to simplify and reduce our clutter, so that we can live more meaningful lives. Thank you!

  • Amy Petersen says:

    I make lists every morning while I am having breakfast with my kids. Then I cross them off as the day goes on. I don’t always manage to get everything done so I just add it to the next day.

  • Andrea Gunnell says:

    If I focus on all the things I get accomplished rather than focusing on the small things I don’t find time for I am more productive. When I feel a sense of accomplishment I am more motivated to work hard. When I start worrying about the small things I don’t get done I get discouraged and that turns into less productivity!

  • Jen says:

    I keep a running list of ideas for posts. This is my biggest “hang up” and the list helps me stay focused.

  • Micky says:

    I just bought a new day planner for 2011 so organizing the days, weeks ahead is a must! I like using a daily to do sheet as well and I love to read blogs such at these and the magazine Real Simple for other readers’ great ideas!

  • Katherine Sedgeman says:

    Even though I subscribe to a few frugal bloggers and I am now a grandmother not only a mother, I love your blog best of all. I find just the right deals and pertinent information to not only my life but I often forward on some of your articles or deals to my daughter-in-law. Keep up this great resource for us grandmothers also!

  • Andrea says:

    I clean 15 minutes in one or two different rooms each night. I’m amazed at how much I can get done in 15 devoted minutes! This helps keep things picked up and I don’t feel like I’m spending my whole evening cleaning. It also helps not feel like I’m sinking in the pit of cleaning:)

  • Carie says:

    I am not a blogger, but I use a to-do list with 3 columns : Daily, Weekly, and General. Keeps us all running & focused.

  • jennifer makaravage says:

    i am heavily involved with my daughters head start. im on the parent committe, policy council, and the state delegate for our county! my days are so crazy its hard to keep track with meetings and volunteering and my cell phone is soooo out dated it doesnt have the fancy reminders, internet, video, and calenders like the new phone. plus im going to be doing alot of traveling and staying in touch with my daughter is very important to me!!!!

  • Barb Miller says:

    I usually cook extra food when I prepare dinner. I use the leftovers for dinners when I’m short on time.

  • Kim W. says:

    I make a list and then write numbers to prioritize that list. I then have everything planned in the correct order.

  • Sarah M. says:

    I’m always on the scout for a new deal so I’m getting more and more e-mails. I’ve learned to skim the content rather quickly, cutting down on the time I spend sifting through useless info. I also delete any that do not have a relevant subject that I care about.

  • Lisa Goyette says:

    I clean houses for a Living , so when it’s time to clean my own i approach with the same structure as i do when i am working.. not talking on the phone etc… also lists i am a list person and when i write them and stick to it time is saved..( although i dont always stick to it =)

  • Jennifer says:

    I try to write ideas down in a notebook and then follow through on them when I have more time.

  • Terry Y says:

    I am a list person – write it down then cross it off! I also started using something called HomeRoutines on my iPod Touch and that has helped.

  • Cher says:

    I get more done in less time if I do it right the first time. If you can’t find time to to do it right the first time–how are you ever going to find time to do it right later. This goes for every aspect of our life. I want to handle things well with our relationships, with our vocations, and with everything that is important to us. In essence I try to make the time I do spend count for the glory of God.

  • Elisha says:

    I find that if I keep everything organized and write to- do lists. It helps me to get things done faster.

  • Ashley says:

    What great ideas!
    I have a junk email for giveaways and samples that I sign up for. I also have a set time for the computer and always try to get blog work done 1st thing in the morning so I can spend the rest of my time on FB or reading other blogs.

  • Kara Gates says:

    This is very simple, but with being the only bread winner in our family it is hard to balance friends, life and my job. I like to go running in the mornings, have my quiet time and then put a mini to-do list on a chalkboard in our kitchen that I finish before work. I can only do the things on the mini list each day. (Keeps me from trying to do too much each day and getting stressed).

  • Mike Burton says:

    Being a busy dad I am always doing multiple tasks as there isn’t enough time in the day. I use my phone to keep track of my busy schedule but I wish it was more intuitive to use.

  • rebecca says:

    I like to print off weekly chore charts so that I can keep track of what I need to get done. I feel like a kid, but it is refreshing to go and mark off each square as I get the things done!

  • Katherine says:

    When I have tasks I need to get done, I’ll set the timer for a certain amount of time that I want to dedicate to them. That way I don’t get distracted by other stuff. Sort of a “beat the clock” kind of mentality 🙂

  • Sarah J. says:

    Make a list of your top three priorities and when your done with those add up to five more priorities.

  • Lydia says:

    Could use the phone. 🙂

  • Jackie says:

    Multi-task, use lists, don’t procrasitnate and don’t get side tracked! I’m aweful at getting pulled in a different direction!

  • Sarah rivers says:

    I love the idea about the auto responses. It will help save so much time. I also like the idea of budgeting your online time.

  • Renee says:

    I throw a load of laundry in the wash machine on my way past the laundry room in the morning. Move it from the wash machine to the dryer on my way up to put my daughter down for naptime. Then from the dryer to my bed when she wakes up. Then after putting her down for the night I fold it and put it away. It takes 5-20 mins at a time to get one load of laundry done a day. Plus I never forget to go back and do it because I’m on a scheduled routine.

  • Leatha says:

    This is awesome! I’ve often wondered how much time a blogger spends doing this amazing work!! I use lists a great deal but I really like how you’ve organized your time. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to part 2.

  • Laurie Kovacs says:

    Always know what the task is ahead of time. If you go into it without a plan you’re easily distracted.

  • justine says:

    In general the best way for me to get more done in less time is to not think about any of it too much. Just focus on what I am doing a move on to the next task. When I begin to think about my long list it seems to slow me down.

  • Kelly says:

    Making a list that I plan out what I would like to accomplish in a day or a week. I get joy crossing off each item as I complete them.

  • thanks for the archive tip on gmail. that is valuable and i just cleared my box pretty quick. As most of my blogging is about something that is time consuming to begin with i have found myself not blogging for long periods. now i have alotted time for myself when no one bothers me. i set my alarm two hours early and get my wake up time and my business going! it has allowed me to get so much more done when i am not interrupted or tempted.
    thanks

  • fairy dust says:

    Even if I can’t get completed posts done ahead of time, which I try to do, I can set up drafts. Instead of making notes on paper or in a word processing program, I make the notes right in my draft post, then I’m pretty much set to flush the ideas out and finish the post.

  • Liz Rude says:

    I keep separate email accounts, one for all the spam/obligation emails, and another for all my personal email. It works out well for me!

  • Ruth says:

    I always try to multi task. With the laundry room so close to the kitchen it is easy to do laundry while cooking. The computer is also in the kitchen so I can read a blog, do a quick email, watch/listen to news videos while cooking and doing laundry. I also iron in the kitchen so that can be combined with other kitchen activities. The only thing that always needs my undivided attention is my Bible study time. I sometimes have to remind my husband not to interrupt unless absolutely necessary. 🙂

  • cheap&Sweet says:

    My timer! I set it for everything laundry, time outs, cooking, 15 min cleaning sessions and more!

  • Julie says:

    I liked your tip about not trying to multitask. I am guilty of that I’ll start of doing one thing which will make me think of something else and then something else and will end up overwhelmed with multiple unfinished projects.

  • Danielle says:

    Write lists of what needs to get done. It helps me stay focused without getting distracted on things that aren’t high priority.

  • Charity Boozier says:

    I get more done in less time by teaching my children how to help. In the beginning this seems like it takes a lot of time, but over time, they become so helpful. Then as adults, the concept is that they know how to pick up after themselves, clean and keep a home.

  • Alexis says:

    I like trying to push myself during timed spurts. For example: I’ll put on some music and see how much cleaning I can get done in the kitchen in the space of 2 songs. Often, if I don’t have something else more pressing to move onto right away, I’ll just keep going until I get the task finished because the initial challenge served as a momentum builder.

  • Chastity says:

    I like to type out a schedule for your family in half hour increments so we waste less time!

  • Jessica says:

    Lists help me save time and stay organized.
    Also, a repeating 4 week menu plan. I can deviate if I want, but I don’t have to use up time and energy thinking about what to make each day.

  • michelle says:

    I try not to schedule too many things in any given week and use a calendar to keep track. When I am home, I try and catch up on things I have on my ongoing list. I do my grocery shopping/errands after dinner when my husband is home to watch the kids which saves me time.

  • Katie Ellefsen says:

    I try to follow the same basic schedule each week–grocery shopping the same day, do a majority of cleaning another day, have one day where we don’t plan much of anything so we can focus on a bigger school project. It sounds simple, but trying to keep to a basic weekly schedule helps me be sure nothing slips through the cracks.

  • Laura says:

    Here’s an easy but helpful time saver for my family. In my walk-in closet (we don’t have a laundry room just the washer and dryer behind bifold doors), I have four baskets: one for whites, darks, colors, towels. That way I don’t have to do any sorting. I just grab a basket and pop that load of laundry in; easy! It’s funny too, because my daughter learned to sort her laundry when she was four years old! Hope this helps!

  • Diana says:

    Instead of trying to do everything everyday. Break down your tasks and divide them up for different days.

  • Jeffrey Liu says:

    I try to prioritize and on some days only do things that I deem essential enough on the Internet.

  • Beverly says:

    I try to get things done before the kids wake up in the morning.

  • Rachel says:

    Once my kids are in bed, I sit down then & write what’s on my mind from the day, before I veg out in front of the TV:)

  • sushi says:

    multitask- while waiting in line for coffee, think about things to tackle on the to-do list!

  • Janina Kihlthau says:

    LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!! They’re what keep my organized outside the home at work, and when I get home too!

  • Mary S. says:

    It sounds a little counter-intuitive but I always get more done when I schedule time for myself each day. 20 minutes or so to plan for the next day and 5 or 10 minutes for me to do something for myself (have a cup of tea, read etc). I find I get far more done if I take the time to create a plan of attack and if I am not completely frazzled.

  • I allow a lot of my info lists to stay UNorganized – just copy and paste whatever you need to keep – affiliate links, your own post links, PR contact info – and use the CTRL+F (find) function in your doc to get at what you need without ever having to bother with columns or other formatting.

  • Dawn says:

    I work outside the home and have three children. It is important for me to organize at night for the following day. The children also follow routines. Their chores are so much a part of their daily routine, they don’t even realize they are doing chores!!

  • Mrs. B. says:

    Staying off the computer as much as I can!

    Thank for entering us. 🙂

  • Justina Sivacek says:

    I would love this! 🙂

  • Mary says:

    My favorite tip for getting more done around the house is to turn the radio ON and the television, or other distractions, OFF!

    I find that by singing along to the radio while doing household chores not only makes the time go by more quickly, but also makes it easier for me to concentrate on whatever it is I’m trying to get done! I usually can’t concentrate if I have a t.v. show in the background…but music really seems to help me concentrate!

  • Jennifer C says:

    I pick one task and stay focused on it until it’s completed. I’ve learned that multi-tasking too much just takes longer in the long run. I work better if I stay focused on the task at hand, complete it quickly and move on to the next task.

  • becky says:

    more done in less time? hmmm. lists work wonders for me so I don’t have to commit brain power to remembering what it is I have to do. Recently instituted a rotating menu plan for the week – monday is burgers, tuesday is mexican, wednesday is leftovers, thursday is pizza, friday is breakfast, saturday is soup/stew, and sunday is pasta. Amazing how much time this saves me in trying to figure out what we are going to eat. My other weekly rotation is a cleaning schedule – certain cleaning for a certain day so I don’t have to think about when I do it and it’s broken up into managable time frames. Monday is vacuuming, tuesday is dusting, wednesday is bathrooms, thursday is swiffering the floors, friday is for grocery shopping. Working for us at this point!

  • Jen says:

    I love lists and breaking things up works great too!

  • Honey Smith says:

    I would have to say planning ahead and leaving off the tv, & computer (I am not a blogger).

  • Carrie Solomon says:

    I give the same crafty gift for pretty much all baby showers and weddings. It makes gift-giving more time effectivem, more enjoyable and stress free.

  • prathee chandar says:

    I’m an MBA student. So, most of the time, i won’t have enough time to do things i want to do. So, i try to change my study atmosphere.
    After the class, team meeting, partner study and then go to any nearby book store. This new atmosphere refreshes my mind.

  • Martha says:

    Don’t forget that though having a plan is an excellent thing to follow that there is also wisdom in changing it when necessary. How to tell when? Still trying to figure that one out.

  • Jill Brett says:

    I always have a small notebook with me for down time in line at the grocery, at the bank, at the post office, etc. I can jot down lists or thoughts or to-dos on my notebook and use this “waiting” time as useful time. Thanks!

  • Kristina Ashton says:

    I would say that my best tip is meditation and prayer. If I am reading and following my lists all day long, I begin to get burnt out. I often stop and spend at least 5 minutes breathing deeply while talking with God. I try to let my train of thought ramble over all of my blessings. After I finish, I feel much more capable and less pressed. Suddenly, I can focus on and finish my tasks much more deliberately.

  • i find i get the most done by planning & setting goals for myself (i.e. work on this paper for 2 hrs)

  • Jason says:

    My best tip is to just do it. Most of the time I get bored dstracted or whatever and if I simply do what I have scheduled things fall into line and I have more time.

  • Hannah says:

    I make it a point to make sure my work around the house is done and I have spent quality time with the kids before I dive into my time on the computer. It’s so easy to get caught up in emails, freebies, etc., I want to make sure I’ve accomplished the important things first!

  • I have to say – my running wipe off sheet of ideas is a great time & idea saver since my toddler has limited my computer time. Being able to easily skim my email and social networks over my phone is great too.

  • Lynn in MD says:

    Lists! Whenever I can make lists, I find that things run MUCH more smoothly!

  • Laurie L. says:

    Plan ahead! I try to always know what I’m going to fix for meals, and have a couple of “quick fixes” around just in case something comes up. I make “to do” lists, which are really more like goal lists for me but at least they help. There are some great ideas in some of these comments though that I’m going to have to implement! 🙂

  • Anna Lewis says:

    I am a mother of two and my husband just started a career in the Army. I am trying to organize my time better by creating a more realistic daily schedule. Not only am I getting more done but I feel happier at the end of the day! Thanks for this series!

  • Stacey Carter says:

    Plan your meals a week in advance and then always plan at least 1 “quick” dinner that is not on the schedule so if your car breaks down and you get home 2 hours later than planned you always have a go to meal. (I keep chicken strips on hand for 1 of my quick meals.) Then I can have dinner on the table in leass than 10 minutes for the night when our lives have exploded!

  • Christel says:

    I love lists too.. without them i am clueless.

  • Catherine says:

    Make a list is imperative – without it I can’t remember what I need to do. Planning ahead definitly helps, but sometimes that is hard to do. Whenever I can I try to multitask and get several things done at the same time.

  • Dawn says:

    I wake up early….before the kiddos…to have my quiet time and gather my thoughts/plans for the day. I stick to a general framework for my week. By doing this, most things get done on a daily/weekly basis as they are now ‘second nature.’ I tweek my routines during sickness, holidays, or having another baby:) Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  • shannon morales says:

    I have recently revolutionized my laundry. I have a small space to fold laundry and it seemed I always got overwhelmed with all the piles of clean laundry for a family of 5. So, now I wash jeans, pajamas and underwear on Monday and then shirts, socks, towels, etc on Thursday. That way, I have less piles per person and I don’t feel overwhelmed folding the clothes. I also set my washer on a delay start so the first load is done in the washing machine about the time I wake up, put in the second load. This way, all laundry is clean and dry around 9am and I still have energy to fold it. (I also moved the three boys clothes into the laundry room, so I put it away as I fold it).

  • Angela B. says:

    More done in less time: having my mother-in-law visit! I have been way behind on filing (like nothing from 2010 was filed…) and she totally caught me up! Wish she lived closer than 3500 miles away!

  • Melissa R. says:

    I am a stay at home mother of two young girls and constantly feel overwhelmed with things that need to be done. My number one thing to do is set aside certain days for specific housekeeping chores. Such as, Friday is laundry day – aside from my hour of picking up the house, I spend the rest of the day washing, drying, folding/ironing and putting away clothes.

  • JenR says:

    I’m an obsessive list writer, so writing a Tomorrow’s To-Do list really helps keep my day organized

  • barb heflin says:

    i do alot of research on my family history as a hobby and i find alot of sites i want to research but dont always have time so i email them to my self then when i have time i will work on each site about half hour to hour on each one then switch to the next one. this is usually done at night and weekends and i also do my cardio on my excersize bike and watch tv at the same time.

  • Taylor Durkin says:

    I keep a very detailed calendar on google calendar that sends me reminders. its so helpful!

  • Karen says:

    I keep a list of things I want to blog about so I don’t forget and sit and waste time in front of the computer trying to remember!

  • Sharon d says:

    My best tip for getting things done and keeping organized is to list the ten most important things I want to accomplish. I then put in 1-10 order of importance and feel happy if I do the top 4.

  • Kerry Fritz says:

    I keep an address book, calendar and stationary supplies in the car. While waiting for kids to get out of school or other activity I make appointments, complete bills and write cards.

  • Courtney says:

    To get more done in less time I use my google calendar to schedule EVERYTHING. I don’t just schedule appointments; I schedule everything. I put in library book due dates, each errand has a slot, important coupon expiration dates are logged, etc.

  • Pat Couty says:

    Online calendars and screening phone calls (answering machine) helps so much!

  • mitch j says:

    to help myself get things done quicker i make a short list of 5 things top that i need to do. it helps me stick to what i need to get done.

  • Blair says:

    MeME…pick me!!!

  • Michelle R says:

    I keep my to do list in a notebook. That way if something doesn’t get done one day it can be added the next. I also have it handy if I need to look back and make sure of any follow-up if something isn’t received.

  • Shanaka says:

    I use my phone calendar to schedule everything (with alarms set). I’m a very forgetful person. I also find that scheduling posts when I can helps me out with blogging.

  • Gloria says:

    I keep a planner exclusively for my blog. When a thought comes to mind on an idea for a post, I jot it down in my planner. I also jot down things to do related to my blog and cross them off when complete. If I don’t get them done in the current week, I write them down again the next week until it gets done.

  • Blair says:

    sorry…make use of all available free time. Use time waiting in the car for the kids or at practice/lessons to catch up on computer time.

  • Melissa says:

    To save time, I try to keep a list of daily repetitive tasks and actually do them first. I also find I get more done when I shut off my computer.

  • Stephanie P says:

    Multi-tasking and Lists are a must in my house…the list reminds me what needs done…but ususally I am cleaning, caring for my daughters, and keeping up with the world all at once. Having a laptop in our kitchen has helped make that flow much better….though there are times the computer just needs shut down 😉

  • Thanks for the tips. I started my blog 3 weeks ago and am still trying to figure this whole thing out. I laughed when I read your comment about 45 min to answer email b/c I have only gotten 2 emails in 3 weeks! 🙂

    I find that stopping unneeded emails is AWESOME!

  • Tia H says:

    I do not blog, but when I am nursing my baby (while the 3yr old and 2 yr old are napping), I write down all the store deals I want in one notebook. That way, no matter what store we are at, I have my list!

  • linda says:

    I now clip and organize all of my coupons at me son’s swim lessons. I can still watch what he is doing and keep up on the current deals I want to catch.

  • Abigail says:

    Routines are most helpful for me: if I have a routine to go through upon first waking and another just before bed, I not only make sure I get everything important done, but I save quite a bit of time as well.

  • lizajane says:

    Love these tips!
    I’ve started trying to find one small thing to do that won’t even feel like I’m cleaning or tidying. For example, while breakfast is cooking, I might wash a few dishes in the sink. Before leaving for work, I might pick up just 3 or 4 things and put them back where they belong. Just little bits and pieces add up to keeping things looking a little neater…which makes it easier when it is really time to clean or “do” the dishes.

  • samantha says:

    I utilize the notes and task list feature on my phone to document those many little thoughts that pop into my head during the day. Then at the end of the day, before I start shutting down … I review those notes and tasks and develop them further. I also have found that setting a daily to do list the nite before in my calendar with reminders for critical items has helped me.

  • brooke says:

    I try to accomplish a little here and a little there (like cleaning). That was I get things done, but still get to spend tons of time with my little guy!

  • Blaire Ruch says:

    I clip coupons while watching tv/movies.
    Or as my husband drives the car.

  • Jeff Dupont says:

    Does it work with Verizon Wireless?

  • misty says:

    I live by my planner and “to do” sticky notes! And as far as cleaning…our rule around the house is “clean as you go, not as you went”. Ha! Don’t know if that makes sense or works for anyone else, but it’s magical for us. My husband and I are neat freaks and want to help teach our kids to be organized and clean for when they are on their own one day!

  • Jessica says:

    I make a list of things that I need to accomplish during my computer time, and then I sit down and check them off one-by-one. When I’m done my list, I log out and get up from the computer before I can be lured into mindless web surfing. I also try to finish all my non-computer activities first and make it a kind of reward, during my daughter’s nap or after she goes to bed for the night. That way I don’t spend time on the computer that I want to spend with her & my husband, running errands, or getting things done around the house.

  • Erin Ringwald says:

    I’m a list fan. Keeps me on track

  • Robyn Guest says:

    I don’t blog but I try to allot 15-30 min increments to get things done. Clean a certain area, check email, make grocery lists, etc.

  • Sarah says:

    My favorite way to get more done in less time: dump everything in one big pile- I use my bed. I go through my home and bring everything to my bed that does not belong in that room. I then have my home picked up. Next I wipe everything down from top to bottom, dust, and sweep (we have no carpet). The majority of my house is clean and I then sort the items on my bed by room and within minutes have everything put away.

  • Holli Litrenta says:

    I’m not a professional blogger, but I have a personal family blog. I also am struggling with time management lately, I have a almost 3 year old and an 8 month old. I just can’t seem to get anything done. I’ve recently started trying to ask and delegate for more help from my husband. I always feel like I need to do it all, but I just can’t. Being willing to receive help humbles me and also makes me feel less scattered!
    Holli

  • Sarah Hill says:

    Great tips!

  • Heather Sheffield says:

    I always get organized for the next day by doing a lot of prep work the night before. It saves me so much time!

  • Christy says:

    I like to set the kitchen timer before I start a task. It gives me a set amount of time and encourages me to keep moving to finish before the time is up.

  • Kasey S says:

    Love all the ideas especially the email ones. Gotta try it tomorrow.

  • Stephanie says:

    My day planner from Graceworks! Everything goes in there, and when I stick with it, I get so much more done!

  • renee says:

    I work outside of the home and blog sporadically. I prep meals on the weekends to save time during the week.

  • Luciana says:

    Planning is the key for me. Making a list of all the activities that I will realize during the day

  • Yizzel says:

    I could not make it through the day without my old fashioned to do list.

  • Amanda Ranta says:

    Make lists! I make lists constantly: things to do, things to make, things to buy at the grocery store… and stick to ’em!

  • Lara says:

    My planning calendar and a daily docket. I make a list of 5 things extra that I would like to accomplish through the day and it is a real motivator. I also try to get at least two loads of laundry done each day, by starting the 1st load when I wake up, putting it in the dryer at some point in the morning and then putting it away as I take my youngest up for nap. I then repeat for the afternoon. I have also made up a house cleaning list and do things on a two-week rotating basis cleaning only Monday through Friday for no more than 45 minutes. In the end a lot of things don’t need cleaned weekly.

  • Mandy Mallicoat says:

    Good info!

  • Heather says:

    I love my online calendar for coordinating all the family’s schedules, and having it send important reminders for tasks & appointments. Sunday is prep day in our house too…everything that can be prepared for the week must be done by 6pm Sunday! If it doesn’t/can’t get done, then it gets listed on a wipe board until someone tackles it (preferably at least 24hrs before it has to be done!)

  • Jenni says:

    I always seem to spend more time on the computer than I mean to, so for me, setting down a computer time budget is the most helpful advice. I may have to put a timer next to the monitor!

  • Kelley Love says:

    I will definitely set a computer time budget from now on – great idea!

  • Kendra says:

    I’m actually very bad at setting a computer time budget. My problem is I get sucked into new blogs I find by clicking, before I know it I’ve just spent 2 hours on the computer and not accomplished my task. I could certainly use some help here… Maybe the Windows Phone 7 will be just the answer. (;

  • Alison Armstrong says:

    I try to prep all my meals in the morning so I don’t have to quit what I am doing in the afternoon and spend a lot of time on supper.

  • Lora says:

    I have a family blog. I have no tips for blogging – other than avoid pictures at all costs (I don’t follow this advise). However, I have a great laundry item that saves me several moments in every load: zippered mesh bags for socks. I have one hanging on each of our laundry baskets and all dirty socks are placed in the bag upon removal. The socks are washed and dried in the bag, then all in one place for quick matching and no Dryer Sock Monster.

  • Lindsay says:

    Setting a timer and working on it for that set time helps me to get it done and move on to the next thing.

  • Liz says:

    make lists!

  • Niki P. says:

    My favorite tip is do one thing at a time. I find if I am trying to do too much at once, I just end up doing everything very inefficiently and getting easily overwhelmed. I am much for efficient when I focus on one thing at a time.

  • Sarah says:

    My kitchen island can easily become the paper monster! I try very hard to sort the mail when I get it and put everything away instead of just throwing it in a pile.

  • Zoe says:

    I set an intention for the next day when I go to bed each night. This might be one or two things I really want to accomplish. I start the next day with those intentions in mind, so I have a goal to reach for every day. This way I always accomplish something. A second time saver is the Crock-pot. I try to use it once each week, which totally frees me up just before dinner time.

  • Leah T says:

    I like to make sure I don’t leave things for the next day. Some how this helps me stay ahead of my 3 kids.

  • Brett Marie says:

    I’m a stay at home mom to a 2 year old and 10 month old. To ease the morning routine my husband and I try to spend 15 minutes preparing things at night – breakfast bowls/spoons/etc on the counter; sippy cups with juice/water/vitamin drops in the fridge; snacks packed in snack cups; diaper bag stocked; and the house picked up. Spending 15 minutes at night saves me a lot of time and stress in the morning when things can get a bit chaotic ;). I’m also able to leave the house quickly if I should need to take one of the littles to an emergency doctor’s appointment.

  • Kristin says:

    I did not know about send and archive! Thanks for cluing me in to a quick time saver!!!!

  • floridalisa says:

    Routine, routine, routine is my best time-saving friend. I’m an unstructured person by nature, but having a cleaning routine, chores routine, homeschool routine, errands routine is so helpful. And with 7 kiddos, 4 of them teens, flexibility is also key. :o) When one calls b/c s/he is locked out of the car or needs to be picked up earlier than expected, going with the flow of *that* day’s requirements. Resume the routine when you can and where you can.

    Lisa

  • Cori says:

    Meal planning saves hours each week, not to mention the financial savings as well!

  • Wendy Hunter says:

    Here’s an oldie but goodie concept, divide & conquer! I divide necessary chores between my three children and myself, things that are age and skill appropriate, of course. It helps our household, it helps me, and it helps them learn useful skills and how important it is for everyone to work together as a family.

  • SGS says:

    timer, most definitely. If I only have to do something I dislike for a certain amount of time I will do it more consistently

  • Rebekah J says:

    Definitely a rough draft schedule and menu of the week ahead helps. I might now follow it to the T but I have a plan that helps guide me along and keep me focused. The menu might change but if it’s planned at the beginning of the week, I know that I’ll have everything on hand for any of the meals that I have down on paper.

  • Julie says:

    My husband and I are good at procrastinating, so we recently made up a “just do it” rule…so now the dishes are getting done and the laundry isn’t piling up and our house is beginning to be less cluttery. We’re not perfect, but this is helping us realize we need to grow up and take care of ourselves and our household.

  • Kimberly says:

    My biggest tip for doing more in less time with regards to the Internet, is to have a junk email address where freebie offers, etc. can easily go and not clog up my personal email.

  • amber waldenville says:

    i try to do housework at night so i have more time for blogging when i’m fresh in the morning

  • Krystal says:

    Why is it that when we make a menu plan we eat out more, our grocery bill is higher, and we have more waste. I often find when if we don’t choose that evening something we are in the mood for we don’t eat what’s planned. I think maybe a “meal list” of things that we can pick from and see if we have them on had might work better? Has anyone had this problem too?

  • Jessica W. says:

    thanks for this. I used to be much better organized with my time. between being a FT student, homeschooling, and working 40 + hours a week (as a single mom nonetheless)… we have recently relocated, and I am looking for a job and have been feeling led to blog. your posts all have come at a timely manner and are helping me to try and get focused again, add a routine to my life and guard it well.
    for anyone who struggles with time management issues I recommend reading “Ordering your private world” by Gordon Macdonald… this was required reading at University, and very helpful and encouraging.

  • Jenny Martin says:

    Just starting to really get organized with both my time and household. Thanks for letting us know how it works for you.

  • Lindsay L. says:

    Making lists before bed helps me SO much!

  • Christine says:

    Set a time limit. Don’t look up and realize you’ve wasted, ahem, spent two hours on surfing randomly. If you know you only have 20 minutes, you’re much more focused on what you really NEED to do.

  • christy says:

    eliminate things that don’t have to be done!

  • J.D. says:

    Love the posts!

  • Ann says:

    My favorite tip? Don’t try to do too much, and don’t beat up on myself about not getting everything done. Cuts down on guilt, which slows me down considerably. 🙂

  • Anna says:

    I have a magnetic dry erase board that I write the things I have to do on. I put a magnet next to each thing as it gets done. That gives me a little motivation to keep going, and if a task is repeated daily, I can just remove the magnet at the end of the day.

  • Lyn says:

    I simplify my life by not adding more to it.

  • Megan W says:

    I keep a small post it on each day in my planner (I like to physically write things down). As I think of something to put in my blog, an email to send, etc I write it on the corresponding post it. It goes on whatever day it needs to be done by.

    I love these tips – I can really use the email ones!

  • Elizabeth Stevens says:

    I get up early before the kids and give myself an hour and then when they go down for their nap I give myself another hour or two. I find it easier to keep my computer time a separate part of my day so that my kids aren’t trying to compete for my attention.

  • Leslie says:

    To stay task oriented use a schedule, set limits to get things accomplished then move on to the next task. Reward yourself with some free time to do anything you want after you are finished.

  • Jill W says:

    Setting a timer is a great idea. I can be working on the computer and look up and 2 hours have gone by. Knowing what you are doing with your time also give great direction and helps me feel like I will get more done. However, being able to be flexible with that time is also a plus.

  • Samantha says:

    I love how on tumblr you can queue entries to keep consistent blogs without spending tons of time to maintain a blog.

  • Laney says:

    I like having a specific “To Do” list!

  • I am working on decluttering and streamlining. so far it has been the biggest thing that has saved me time. It is baby steps but it is every day progress!

    thanks for this post Crystal! you are inspiring as always!

  • Lorraine says:

    Your tips on time helped me immensely. I have never given thought to actually time myself on each , i.e. email. facebook etc. and then go on to the next but once I did the progress was amazing. So thanks to your article I learned to organize how I manage my computer time. It has made a big difference.
    Lorraine

  • Jenny says:

    I think with anything in life, know that it’s ok to ask for help! I think as moms or employees, we tend to think we have to do it all ourselves, but 2 people can usually get more done in the same or less time!

  • kimberly2 says:

    I make a list of what needs to be done. That way, I can move from one task to the next without wondering what needs to be done.

  • Tammy says:

    I try to bring my day planner whereever I go so that I may update it, add items to my shopping list (when it comes to mind), jot down things I need to do, write a quick thank you note. I also try to always bring something with me so that if I have a few minutes here and there I use them wisely and take care of either couponing, clipping, organizing coupons, grading school work, etc..

  • Telena says:

    I try and work on projects for 15 minutes at a time, especially things that I don’t look forward to such as cleaning garage, folding clothes, etc. Doing these tasks in small increments of time help me get through the dreaded chore easier.

  • julie says:

    Awesome!

  • christi says:

    How to get more done in less time? I write a list and than prioritize. I want to bake cookies, wash dishes, and start a load of laundry I need to figure out what order will save me the most time. Prioritizing is key i’m learning!

  • Crissy says:

    If I didn’t have my phone I wouldn’t get as much done as I currently do! My entire calendar of doctor’s appointments, what my preschooler needs to bring to school, etc. is all on my phone. My grocery lists are on my phone down to the store I need to get what items from, then it will give me options of coupons available and email them to my inbox and all I have to do is press print. It’s nice to be able to get some things done while sitting idle, even as little as that does happen! My phone also keeps my children entertained when I am talking to someone or running to the grocery store to grab something for dinner. So without my phone I would be lost and very unorganized!

  • Keri Smith says:

    I try to plan my day the night before. I get my lunch ready and think about what I want to wear so I am not wasting time trying on 3 or 4 outfits in the morning. I am also big on lists. I cross off as I go and it makes me feel like I am getting something done. thanks~

  • SuZ says:

    Thanks for these tips. I’m always trying to find more time to blog, spend time with family, clean, shower, etc… 🙂 Thanks again!

  • I love lists and schedules to keep organized and on track. I love to use my ipod touch to help with this.

  • kelly says:

    I am a working mother and grandmother, I sqeeze a few minutes in to blog every chance I can get. I usually try to blog once in the morning and once in the afternoon and then I do everything else in the evenings.

  • Emily says:

    I’d love to win the phone!

  • Tracy says:

    Wow! This post was very helpful to me as a business owner. I am the co-owner/director of a homeschool co-op and we have been blessed with some amazing growth! The administrative work takes a lot more time now and I forwarded this post to my co-owner so that we could apply some of these tips for us to help save time. My favorite tip is the FAQ page and opening a gmail account to send and archive! I am looking forward to accomplishing MORE in LESS time!!!

  • Angie Bailey says:

    My time saving tip is something you have already talked about many times. Freezer cooking saves me time whether it’s a casserole, chicken in marinade or muffins for breakfast.

  • Bethany says:

    Love the tips, love the phone!

  • sally mcquaid says:

    I steal a few minutes for blogging whenever I can. I love to work on them on my lunch break at work. I have one whole hour with little interuptions at my work computer to write blogs. When I get home I add any photos, do any minor editing and then post.

  • Sarah says:

    My biggest way to stay organized is a plan at the beginning of the week. I homeschool and babysit, so I need a day by day plan, and it needs to be at the beginning of the week. Life is so much simpler that way!

  • Davonne says:

    I turn my phone on silent, almost all day every day. I return phone calls in one time block, instead of allowing the phone to slowly eat up my time. I also text people instead of calling when possible, especially when I just have a quick question or answer for somebody, because that saves me from getting tied up in an unexpected 30 minute phone conversation.

  • Vanessa says:

    Thanks for this great series! I’m getting more and more organized each week.

  • Tracy says:

    My biggest time saver is to get things ready for the morning after my children go to bed. This way there are no distractions and when the morning hits and everyone is up and getting ready to leave the house it is less stressful!

  • Because I have 9 kids, I try to do as much as I can “assembly line” style. We line up all the plates in the kitchen for serving, we have a system for sorting and folding laundry, and the biggest time saver is to have charts and routines for kitchen work – everyone has their assigned task. It isn’t perfect, but when it works, we get so much done in so little time!

  • Heidi says:

    It’s pretty straight-forward…to save time, just turn off the t.v.! It is the biggest time-waster there is.

  • Kay says:

    Hi Crystal. I am new to the money saving adventure and your blog and emails are the best! I appreciate your time management on the computer recommendations, I am not a blogger but I work at home as a financial manager and I can use those ideas. Something I thought I would share is an article I read about a week ago which referred to the pickle jar theory. The main point was determining the 4 or 5 large tasks you want to achieve in a day and then fit it the other items around it. By placing the large items in the “pickle jar” first, they are more likely to be accomplished.

  • R Francis says:

    Writing everything down! Lists and sticking to them!! The best way to get things done is to STAY HOME!!!!

  • tiff says:

    I try to make to-do lists and schedule tasks on my computer to keep me organized and to save time.

  • Nina c says:

    Email. Keeping it small though your 10 is impressive I need to get down to that.

  • Heather Garcia says:

    I am a public school teacher and when I get home from a long day at work my own children are already starving. I always hated being rushed to throw a dinner together. Instead I prepare my meals the night before. Example, Monday I come home from work and eat the meal I made Sunday night. After the family eats, I start preparing the meal for the next day. I am still only cooking one meal but it has really helped me be more efficient in the kitchen.

  • Ana says:

    With two children its a wonder I find any time for myself at all. To manage my time I find keeping a calendar with post-its are crucial to the smooth running of my family. With every event and appointment color coordinated by priority, I find myself very efficient in both my professional and personal life.

    I hope you can all get ideas from this and possibly even try your own color coordinated calender.

    Good luck everyone!

  • sathiya sankar says:

    I am a working mom and I found out that laundry was a daunting task that used to take a whole saturday to get done.

    Since I come home and cook a meal every evening I multtask. By the time cooking is done I have my laundry done as well and I do this twice a week or may be thrice.

    This has helped me spend a lot of time with my 5 month old.

  • Camiele says:

    I know this sounds a bit silly, but I need to have a lot of things to do – literally keep myself busy in order to actually get something done. Otherwise, I start to slack off when I don’t have too much to do, and I don’t get anything done!

  • Kim Campbell says:

    Great tips…love reading your ideas

  • Mrs. Leonard says: