Time saving tips

Time Saving Tips to Get You Organized

Springtime and extended daylight often inspire us to tackle the tasks on our to-do lists that have been looming for a while. But just when it already seems that there’s not enough hours in a day to get everything done, Mother Nature goes ahead and plays a little joke by springing forward the clock, taking with it one hour of our precious time.

And so in the spirit of springing forward this weekend, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get everything done with greater efficiency–in order to give you more time to spend focus on the people you love!

  • Write it down: Whether you choose to jot notes to yourself, utilize a date planner or calendar, or a handy reminder app, save yourself time in the long run by finding a handy resource that best suits your existing habits to keep track of to-do lists, chores, schedules, and important dates all in one place
  • Solve your “Twilight Zone” moments: If you often ask yourself, “Where did the time go?” paying closer attention to time wasters might reveal where you’re getting off track so you can identify routine changes that will prevent these issues from reoccurring. If you spend ten minutes a day trying to decide what to wear, try preparing a wardrobe for the entire week each Sunday night. If you’re regularly searching for a misplaced party invitation or important letter, consider creating a mail center to keep track of important paper items.
  • Create a personal timesaving policy: Take a stand against wasting time by always finishing projects to completion and thinking about what you can do in advance to save you time for when you really need it (like going through your mail every single day to prevent pileup or cooking double batches of food and freezing extras).
  • Multitask: Multitasking doesn’t mean talking on your phone while driving (it’s dangerous!) but it can mean taking that brand new to-do list and deciding what tasks can be accomplished together with a minimal amount of stops or cross-town driving. Taking care of smaller trips during your commute or on your lunch hour can offer great relief as well, without becoming burdensome.
  • Take 15 minutes a day: Set a routine of spending 15 minutes picking up around the house to prevent things from getting messy. If 15 minutes is too much to ask, try cleaning up during commercials or tackling one surface, drawer or cupboard per day.
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate: Just because you’re the list holder doesn’t mean that it absolves other family members of any responsibility. Watch for opportunities for other family members to alleviate you of unnecessary trips to the store, or teach them how to do household chores.

What’s your best time-saving tip?

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Valentine’s Day gift wrap ideas

You’ve shopped thoughtfully for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, but then comes the time to give it to your friend or loved one. But first, why not give it an extra special touch with a pretty presentation they’ll never forget?

We scoured Pinterest and pulled together some of our super […] Continue Reading »

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Throwback Thursday: Vintage Valentine’s Day cards

Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share some of our favorite vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the 1940’s, 50’s! Share with your friends to share the love this Valentine’s Day, retro-style!

Puppy Love Vintage Valentine
Just Peekin’ in to say “Hello” on Valentine’s Day!

1940’s Puppy Valentine
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What to write in a Valentine’s Day card

Thoughts from American Greetings Writing Studio Creative Director Rochelle Lulow…
Real Love…Real Life

We’ve been creating Valentine’s Day cards for a long time–and along the way, we’ve seen the words we use to talk about love have changed, too. Today’s romantic relationships are about “real love” and “real life.” Being in […] Continue Reading »

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Valentine’s Day Free Desktop Wallpaper

Believe it or not, February is right around the corner and you know what that means–Valentine’s Day!  To celebrate this holiday of happy hearts, we thought we’d share the love by creating some beautiful free desktop wallpapers for you to enjoy!

Click here for our Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper (2560×1440)
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