Saving time in the morning means more time in bed. Enough said. On top of that, the morning time can often be filled with stress due to the rush to get to work, drop the kids off at school or make it to a meeting which your colleague so cleverly set at 9am sharp.
Time saving is quite an art form. Here at Savings Guide, we love saving time because to us – time is money. The more time you have free, the more things you can do in the day (and my personal hope is that it frees you up more to actually implement some saving money strategies each day).
It also means that with more free time, the less you rely on what I would call a ‘convenience lifestyle’. A convenience lifestyle is the output of rushed people; often resulting in people buying their breakfast instead of eating at home, buying the closest match product to their needs instead of researching the best deal and more.
So with the concept of ‘time is money’ – here are some of the best ways to save time in the morning. Good luck.
Prepare your next day ‘walkout’ items
These are things that you can’t leave the house without. For me, it means placing my wallet, keys, phone, security pass and desk drawer key on the table by the door. This means that everything I need is in one place, ready for me the next morning prior to heading to bed.
On average I personally spend 2-3 minutes looking for bits and pieces I need to take to work. Preparing the items the night before, making sure they always live in one spot, means I save around 15 minutes each week from my mornings.
Batch process your ironing and work clothes preparation
Wear suits or work attire to work? Iron all of your shirts in one evening. Do not iron a new shirt every day, it’s slow and tedious and the amount of double work it involves is ludicrous.
Opt to iron all of your business attire on a Sunday evening or any given night, in preparation for the week ahead. This applies to any other kinds of clothes you wear to work. Plan ahead, think what you are going to wear for the week and have everything ready in one go.
The concept of ‘batch processing’ means you are going to get things done in one hit, rather than doing them one by one. For instance, think about how much time it takes to set up an iron, plug it in, turn it on, turn it off, unplug it – this routine itself will add 3-4 minutes to each and every day.
Do it once instead to cut around 30 minutes of wasted time out of each and every week.
Bathroom time should involve multi-tasking
The morning bathroom routine (which I won’t go into too much detail on) is often made up of numerous individual tasks. Each task has its own allocated time and on it’s own, merges together to make the bathroom a time consuming place.
Try and multi-task in the bathroom. Brush your teeth in the shower, shave in the shower, opt to not wash your hair every day (many people advise against daily shampooing).
The more you can bundle up tasks into one moment, the more time you save. A minute brushing your teeth before or after the shower is 5 minutes minimum per week you could retrieve from your time.
Get an hourglass sand timer, shower for 2 minutes only
A few years back, one of the major electricity or water companies sent me a small egg timer like hourglass thingy. Basically it was an hourglass of sand, that when turned upside down would count out exactly 2 minutes. It was the best freebie ever and personally helped me to save money on water.
It is staggering how long people spend in the shower. Often the time is spent simply standing there, when really a shower should be an active activity of sorts. If you limit yourself to two minutes only, you will not only save time, you will begin to save money on water and use the time to actively get clean and get out.
It’s said that most showers, on average last between 8-10 minutes. That is 50 minutes per week on average that is spent in the shower instead of a mere 10 minutes. An easy way to reclaim another 40 minutes per week and save money while doing so.
Follow a 3 minute per task schedule in the morning
Need to eat breakfast? Do so in 3 minutes only. Need to clean up quickly before you go? Do so in 3 minutes.
Use the 3 minute per task routine to accomplish up to 5 things per morning in 15 minutes. It’s amazing how much you can do in that time and it also saves time by limiting the amount of time on certain activities that shouldn’t really take that long.
Some time saving ideas for the three minute rule include; 3 minutes in the bathroom, 3 minutes in the kitchen, 3 minutes getting dressed and the ideas go on.
Eat breakfast at work, save money and save time
Why not leave your breakfast cereal or toast supplies at work? You can eat at your desk and use the workplace kitchen (if it has one).
Many workplaces supply milk for coffee and tea, meaning you can also save money on milk by using the work supplies. This means you can eat your breakfast at your desk, while clearing emails or catching up on what you need to do that day.
This gets you out of the house quicker and saves you money in the process.
Prepare lunch the night before
This is a simple one. Any saving money blog will tell you that you need to pack your own lunch to cut down on spending. However boring this may sound, preparing your lunch at home is not only a good financial decision – but a great time saver if done the night before.
Prepare it, freeze it or fridge it. Put a reminder next to your keys and wallet at the front door so you don’t forget.
How do you save time in the morning?
Share with us your crazy ideas for cutting time out of the morning routine. We hope these ideas are just the start of many fruitful ideas in the comments section below.