A 2017 NAWBO report revealed more than 11.6 million businesses in the United States are owned by women.
If you're one of these entrepreneurs or a career-driven woman you may find that there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish all you set out to do. Trying to cook, clean, work, take time for family, have a social life, and make time for yourself is a seemingly daunting task. While it's impossible to eliminate all time-wasters from your day, there are ways to increase efficiency and shave minutes off your day getting you back to the more important things in life.
Skip the Grocery Store
Grocery shopping can take up a big chunk of the day, not to mention then having to go home and meal prep or prepare meals every night. Thankfully some alternatives can drastically decrease the time spent in the kitchen.
Services such as Hello Fresh, Farm Fresh To You, or Blue Apron are fun, unique, and customizable food boxes that provide you with healthy assortments of vegetables, fruit, and protein while also giving you easy, laid out recipes.
Other services like Amazon Fresh or Instacart allow you to shop on the go and have groceries waiting for you when you come home. No more running around the grocery store looking for items just to realize the one thing you came in for is the one thing you forgot. You’re also less likely to spend money on snacks and treats you don’t really want.
Take Care of Yourself First
As unnatural as it may feel, especially if you have children, you should do all you need to get yourself ready before getting the kids ready. Once they're up and moving finding time to get back to shower, do your hair, or finish your makeup is almost impossible to find. Take a shower, get dressed, and complete your routine then get everyone else ready. This is a much more organized use of your time and if for some reason you're delayed in the morning, at least you're off to work put together and ready to take on whatever the rest of the day throws your way.
The easiest way to save time in the morning is skipping makeup altogether. But not everyone feels comfortable sporting the no-makeup look and that's okay! There are still ways to wear makeup and save time. Narrow down the essentials in your
routine and group them together. This makes everything easier to find by eliminating the processes of digging through your entire makeup bag to find one thing.
The beauty industry has services that were designed to save women time. One thing a lot of professional women are doing to save time in their makeup routine is getting a Lash Lift or Lash Extensions. Instead of
spending time curling and mascaraing your lashes, simply give them a quick brush and be on to the next thing. Check out this time-saver at the LashBar™ location near you!
Fashion Stylists and Clothing Subscription Boxes
Have you ever had that overwhelming feeling of getting lost at the store, looking through rack after rack for a new shirt; trying on pants after pants not finding the style you like; to only end up buying one top? This is not enjoyable nor a good use of your valuable time.
Services like StitchFix and AdoreMe, and many more, have taken the stress and inconvenience out of shopping for women all over the world. Matched with a personal stylist, you answer a few simple questions and each month you get a new box filled with clothes carefully picked out by a professional stylist to fit your style, personality, and size. Try on and keep what you love and just return the rest. It’s simple. It’s quick. And most importantly, it’s convenient.
Start to take back your day with these simple time-savers! These 5 are just our suggestions and a great way to get started but there are so many time-savers out there. What are some ways you save time in your daily life? Feel free to share your tips and suggestions in the comments below.