Shrewd Food: Tips to Save Time, Money & Energy on Meal Planning, Prep

My hubby recently got an email from the student loan office. They are compiling a med student cookbook with inexpensive recipes and money-saving tips for food budgets. It has gotten me thinking about the things I have done to better manage our food bill and waste. As a stay-at-home Mom, I most often contribute financially by saving money through efficient household management—and one of the biggies in that department is food!...more
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Terrific Tuesday - Delegate and Get It Done

Terrific Tuesday - it is terrific to delegate effectively in order to get done what needs doing.Like most women, I think I am a superwoman. To paraphrase a popular jingle from my childhood, I can bring home the bacon, fry it and still make my husband feel like a man. At the same time, I recognize that I am one woman and that though I often do three things at once, on occasion, I need to delegate some tasks....more

Six Ways to Maintain Peak Energy at Work

There are a number of ways to maintain your peak energy level during your work day. Experiment with the following: - Get organized the night before. By getting your clothes, lunch, and briefcase ready the night before, you're less likely to be rushed and/or late. A calm and controlled start to your day allows you to focus readily and lucidly when you get to work. ...more

Delegation - A Key Ingredient for Efficiency

"It's just easier to do it myself!" you may think at times. In the short run, yes. But in the long run, no. It does take time to teach someone else to do the task at hand. But when you do take the time, you are multiplying yourself - whether at work, at home, or in other arenas. For example, if you're the only one at work who knows how to do a certain task, you may be interrupted from doing something much more important and urgent when someone else needs this task done. To that person, it might be urgent and important, but to you it may not be. ...more

Conducting Time-Worthy Meetings

I dread meetings. How many times have you sat in a meeting, frustrated because one participant held the group hostage with incessant blathering? Or there was no clear agenda and the meeting wandered all over the place? What a waste of time! Don’t subject those in your meeting to such misery! Rather, conduct a clear, crisp meeting that is efficient and productive. Here are a few non-negotiables: ...more

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Managing Paper

I consider paper to be clutter, especially when it is unsolicited. But we must deal with a certain amount of paper on a daily basis. Here are a few ways to keep from getting overwhelmed: Filing - Setting up and maintaining a simple, effective filing system saves an untold amount of time because you know exactly where to find items you need. - If you are a visual person, consider using different colors of file folders for different categories. ...more

Increasing Efficiency

Ever feel like that hamster in a cage, moving but not going anywhere? Here are a few ways to increase your efficiency and productivity. - First and foremost, know your priorities, passions, and gifts. Use these as filters for incoming opportunities and requests. If you're not sure what is important to you, you may be controlled, by default, by others' agendas. - Create a master weekly schedule that includes your priorities, passions, and gifts. Use this as you plan your schedule each week. If your schedule is erratic, create a master list. ...more

A Dozen Tips for Efficient Appointments

Have you ever arrived at an appointment to find that you have been stood up? Or the person with whom you were meeting didn't do what was necessary to make the appointment worthwhile? When appointments are thwarted, it is harder for you to reach your goals in a timely manner. Here are a few tips to help make your appointments most efficient: 1. Know the objective of the appointment before you agree to it. 2. Ask whether the appointment might be accomplished over the phone or via email, rather than meeting face-to-face, saving time. ...more

Using Your Drive Time Efficiently

Life is busy! And our time is finite. If we use our time well, life is less chaotic and we have more time for things we love. Here are a few tips for making the most of our travel time:     * Travel during non-peak traffic hours whenever possible.     * If flexible hours are offered at work, and it works for you, start your work day earlier or later than normal, saving hours by driving at off times.     * Carpool or ride public transportation if possible, using that time to do something else. ...more

5 Steps to an Efficient and Functional Desk

When stacks start to accumulate on my desk, it's a clear indication that I need to rethink things. Some good questions to ask: Have my responsibilities or priorities changed in the last few months or year?Are there newly acquired items that have no homes?Have some areas increased in importance and others decreased?Is my desk area functional and efficient? If not, why?Can I reach everything I use often without getting out of my desk chair? ...more