3 surefire ways to keep appointments

3 surefire ways to keep appointments
3 surefire ways to keep appointments

Yesterday I was running around like a mad woman. I woke up at a decent time (6ish), got ready and almost immediately got to work. My day started to go downhill, however, when I was 1 minute late to my DMV appointment to change my name and my wait got extended to 70 minutes. (I stopped to chat to my elderly neighbor… trying to do something nice and it ended up nipping me in the butt. Ugh). Then I had 2 errands to run and by the time I got back home, I had been gone for 2 1/2 hours. A HUGE chunk of time. I was stressed, I was mad, I was anxious by the time I got home at 4pm.

I started to stress out too because our house was a mess and we were expecting company that night. I ran around trying to clean the house. Then I had to leave at 6pm to go meet my husband at an event 40 minutes away. Well, with poor Calendar work and miscommunication, we arrived at our even 45 minutes late and ready to kill. Being late really stresses me out, on top of everything else.

After our event, we went to the airport. We picked up my brother-in-law, got dinner, and by the time we got home it was midnight. Frickin’ midnight! I was exhausted, to say the least.

Our situation made me think: What could’ve been done differently here? Where did we fail?!

I failed yesterday on a number of points. Here are my thoughts on what could’ve been done better:

  1. Double-check appointment information. I should’ve double-checked our event invitation wayyy earlier in the day. I assumed we knew where we were going (you know what happens when you assume). We ended up running around trying to find the place and circling the airport for 30+ minutes. I felt foolish.
  2. Leave a lot earlier for appointments. I underestimated traffic on my way to the DMV. I should’ve left about a half hour earlier, not 10 minutes beforehand. I am chronically late for appointments, I really need to work on this habit.
  3. Plan ahead. Thirdly, and overall, I should’ve planned my day better! I need to seriously start making a task list either the night before or when I wake up. We tend to overestimate the amount we can do in a day (I do all the time) and I end up with a huge list of items still to do at the end of the day, which makes me feel un-productive.

I am continuously working on improving myself and my habits. These are some key points that I’m working on now. I’m hoping that this will lead to less stress and more productivity.

What are some days/times that you failed to make appointments? What could’ve been done differently or better? Leave a comment below! 🙂

 

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4 ways to save time doing laundry (and maybe enjoy it too!)

4-ways-to-save-time-doing-laundryLaundry is everyone’s least favorite chore. Laundry is the “Neverending Story” as an adult. It feels like every time you’re ahead, you’re behind.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve found over the years that have helped cut down on this dreaded task.

1) Sort – the (very) first step. Ok, this seems like a no-brainer, but it’s really important. I have found that having separate bins for lights, darks, towels, and delicates really helps when it comes time to do laundry. So when you change clothes, you can throw the dirty ones in the corresponding bin, and when you go to do laundry, the sorting is already (hopefully) taken care of (unless you have a husband that sometimes just throws his dirty clothes on any flat surface – get to training ladies!).

2) Do at least 1 load of laundry per day. Laundry sucks, I know. But if you do at least 1 load every day, you can get through it a LOT quicker. That huge, menacing pile of dirty clothes is no longer an issue if you take care of 1 measly load a day. I drown in laundry after a few days, and I only have a husband and a cat. I can only imagine if you have 4 kids, a husband, 2 dogs, 3 cats, what that’s like. So do yourself a favor and do 1 load a day.

3) Get to know your appliances. Your washer and dryer should be some of your best friends. We recently just bought a house and got brand spankin’ new appliances. We got a high efficiency, WiFi-enabled, gadgets-out-the-ass washer and dryer from Samsung. When I first started using them, I just used the Normal settings on each, because I was either in too much of a hurry or too lazy to really learn how to use them (because who has time?). But one day I got a wild hair and read through the different options. Now I know which settings are the most efficient for different loads and types. Take one evening and really get to know your washer & dryer. Trust me, you will thank yourself.

4) Fold & Put Away. This is the part that really frustrates me. I despise folding. But I found different ways to make it more enjoyable and more efficient:

  1. Firstly, I like to fold laundry on our bed. So make the bed: it will create a nice, clean space for you to work, and clean up the room.
  2. Watch TV or a movie while folding.
  3. Talk to your spouse.
  4. Listen to cheery music.
  5. Drink wine! Wine makes everything more enjoyable.
  6. Place “like” items together. Duh, everyone knows this. But I want you to get really detailed: place each person’s “hanging” items on top of one another. Then grab a bunch of hangers. Put a hanger in each shirt, and as you do so, fold the shirts down on top of each other. Then when you’re done with the pile, grab the whole pile by the hangers and hang them up all at once. Easy!
  7. Save socks for last. If folding laundry sucks, folding socks together has to be the most mind-numbing task ever. So save it for last. I throw all the socks back in the laundry bin and put everything away before going to the socks.

So there you have it! Methods I’ve found that have cut time on laundry and made the task just a bit more enjoyable. I hope you have found these helpful. What are some ways you save time on laundry? Leave a comment below! 🙂

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