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Even with the extra 20 minutes in the morning we have now that I don’t have to do two school drop-offs by a certain time, well, I use that extra time to sleep or read! As one should. And even with both kids in school for six hours, it never quite amounts to six hours of straight work. I always explain it to Cassidy, who is often gone from 7:00am – 6:00pm, that it would be like me asking him to do 10-11 hours of work in only half the time. By the time I get home and eat breakfast, I have maybe an hour of two before my next meeting. Then there’s more solid work but I’m constantly interrupted all day long.
If might be the mailman or a delivery truck. It’s often our contractors or a repairman. Sometimes it’s one of my pets, or even a bear in the yard! You can’t make this stuff up! I also need time to eat lunch, do personal writing and photo editing, take snack and sun breaks, and take the dog for a much-needed walk at the park. That leaves very little time for work, and even less time for much-needed errands. With the holiday season fast approaching, I get overwhelmed by how much I have to get done with a limited amount of time during the weekdays. Weekends can be even worse because I do fall photo shoots.
That’s why I’m so excited to dig in and tell you my five favorite ways to save time when running errands. I find that being more efficient and time/cost-effective me allows me more time, not only to work, but to actually enjoy myself too!
1 – Utilize shopping online. What I found out recently was, that among other things, you can buy motor oil online at Walmart.com. More specifically, Pennzoil products are available on Walmart.com. Even MORE specifically, that’s where I get my Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil. Luckily for me, and for all of us, Walmart has made significant improvements in their online shopping experiences lately and I am seeing it! You have three awesome pickup options: 1. Delivery. 2. In-store pickup. 3. Curbside pickup. I chose in-store pickup and it couldn’t have been easier. I’ll show you how:
And that’s it! For Curb-side assistance, you provide your name and the time you’ll pick up the item, and a Walmart employee brings it to you. That’s why Walmart.com is one-stop shopping, for EVERYTHING! Pennzoil products help clean out sludge that lesser oils leave behind. It’s designed for complete protection and allows you to drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine. I use Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic. Why? The PurePlus® Technology keeps pistons up to 30% cleaner than required by the toughest industry standard and keeps my engine cleaner than any leading synthetic oil.
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2 – Delegate. This can be your most important task of the day! Spread that love! I sometimes bend over backwards to pick up milk and bread, but Cassidy passes a grocery store EVERY DAY on his way home from work. Silly me!
3 – Use your time management muscles for planning. I think of it like a fun puzzle. How can I consolidate errands? What’s the easiest route? What place can be left for last, or another time? I use an app on my phone for shortcuts too.
4 – Utilize block scheduling. Did you ever do that at school? Consider using one day a week, or two half days to do ALL the errands at once. No exception, except emergencies. And start with the errands that takes the longest.
5 – Visualize everything you need done by the end of the day. To be fair, I use that tip most with work but then I started adding errands and other day-to-day stuff in the mix, like exercise and eating right. Goals are goals!