Be efficient and have more time for the precious moments.

Life can be rather hectic and we often run out of time for the things that are most important to us. Each day is a blessing and we want to help you get back to enjoying the simple things and making time for the most meaningful girl_breathing_XXXLargemoments.

Rise to Shine.
Easier said than done, right? How you wake up can set the tone for the rest of your day. Wake up refreshed by calculating the time that’s right for you to rise so you can avoid the struggle of waking up while in the middle of a deep sleep cycle. If you don’t have the latest sleep-tracking device, use to calculate a bedtime that’s appropriate for your morning wake up call.

An obnoxiously buzzing morning alarm makes it easy to hit the snooze button and roll back over for a few extra minutes before the buzzing starts again. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. It’s no way to start a good morning. Try waking up to music. Create a morning playlist that is upbeat and energetic without being obnoxiously loud. By the end of the week, you’ll have a morning routine based off your playlist; two songs in the shower, one song spent drying off and lotioning, a third song to get you dressed and so on.

There’s nothing like the freshly brewed smell of a morning cup of joe. If you can, set a timer on your coffee maker so that, shortly after your alarm goes off, your coffee maker begins brewing your favorite caffeinated morning beverage. If you do not have a coffee maker with the timer option, make the coffee machine your first stop after stepping out of bed. Set up your cup of coffee for brewing and continue with your morning routine. You’ll remember that delicious cup as the fragrance hits your nose giving you an extra boost of happy to start your day.

Get Ahead of the Things You Dread.
After doing piles of laundry, you can estimate the time it takes to wash and dry a load of dirty clothes. Get ahead of laundry day by taking advantage of the time you have at home. No one wants to dedicate a Saturday morning solely to catching up on laundry that piled up during the week. Make use of the time you have in the morning. Throw a load of laundry in the washer before you jump in the shower in the mornings and, before you head out the door, switch your clean laundry to the dryer and you’ll be a load ahead by the time you return from work.

While we’re on the subject of clothes, save more time each day by laying out your clothes in advance. Take a little extra time on Sunday evenings to decide on an outfit for each day of the week. This will save you time in the mornings and relieve you of the stress when you’re running late.

Traffic. Nobody likes it.
Didn’t think you could get ahead of traffic? Try using Waze and stay up-to-date with real-time traffic and road info. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app available in multiple languages. No need to drive to work? Make the most of your morning commute by getting ahead of non-priority items; schedule your doctor appointment, call a family member you’ve been meaning to catch up with or ease your mind with that relaxing book you haven’t picked up since you left vacation.

Avoid the evening traffic by hitting the gym for a short workout. Not everyone has time for an hour long workout in the middle of a busy day. Instead, let traffic pass you by while you burn some calories with a quick, interval-based workout. Using high-intensity, interval-based exercises helps you burn the calories in less time. Do 20-30 seconds of intense activity followed by 10 seconds of rest. Switch out your activities and stick with the intervals and you’ll be out of the gym in 20 minutes with a much calmer commute ahead.

A Digital Detox.
Many of us spend hours on our email. However, Timothy Ferriss’s new book, The 4-Hour Workweek, recommends only checking your email twice a day. By doing this, you will eliminate the many hours spent checking your email while being more efficient during the specific time you have established for your email. If you must dedicate more time to your inbox, it’s important to have a routine so you don’t get caught up wasting away your workday hours.

Take a break and get some fresh air. Not only for the vitamin D benefits but for your own sanity, take a break outside and be more productive upon your return. Working through lunch may have an adverse effect on your productivity. It’s proven that those who take breaks work more efficiently throughout the day.

Unwind in the Evenings.
Eliminate the evening errands by making bulk purchases. For the things you use on a daily basis, be sure to buy in bulk during your weekend errands to eliminate the frantic rush of replenishing necessities during the week.

Save time by whipping up a one-pot meal. Whether you are using a crock-pot to cook throughout the day or a one-skillet recipe in the evening, you’re already ahead on the cleanup. Crock-pot dinners are a time-saver and can accommodate the pickiest foodie. One skillet wonders are becoming an ideal solution for an after work dinner. Remember, you can always prepare and freeze meals on the weekends for a quick dinner during the workweek.

Rest better by finding your ideal bedtime and winding down 20 minutes prior. Just as babies, we all need a nightly routine that signals to our body that bedtime is approaching. Whether it’s reading a book or having a cup of tea, make some time for your body to unwind before you drift to sleep.





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