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Life is short. You don’t want to be bogged down by having to spend all your time paying bills, cleaning your house, managing your finances, and grocery shopping. In this article you’ll discover five simple strategies to put the boring stuff on auto-pilot.
Grocery shopping is surprisingly time-intensive when you consider the time it takes to drive to the store, make your selections, pay at the checkout, pack your bags, unpack your bags, sit in traffic and so on. A much more efficient solution is to order groceries online. You can automate this process, by setting up a repeating list of regular items, which you can then add to at will. This way, you know you have the boring basics taken care of but can still feel free to choose exciting treats for the week ahead.
BATCH COOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Whilst food and cooking can be a passion for some, a lot of the time, particularly during the workweek, it is a laborious chore that isn’t about taste and creative expression – it’s about quickly putting something together as a result of being famished or time starved.
A great solution, is to batch cook your meals in advance; as an example, you make a large portion of Spaghetti Bolognese at the weekend, that can then be stored in an airtight container such as a foodsaver bag that can be refrigerated or frozen – so, you can have a tasty and healthy meal ready in minutes. This is a much healthier and cost effective option than to use ready meals, or rely on take-aways. It may feel restrictive at first, but you can supplement the meals with tasty recipes such as this simple avocado toast.
Okay, not everyone can afford a cleaner but when you consider how many hours it can take to actually clean a house, it really isn’t many – the time intensity can be found more in organizing and sorting. Therefore, it’s possible that you could pay a cleaner for just two hours each week and know the basic household chores will be taken care of.
AUTOMATE YOUR FINANCES
It can be very simple to systematize your finances. A good idea is to set up your bill payments so they all leave your account on the date you get your first paycheck of the month (e.g. the first of the month). Similarly, it would be a good idea to set up an automatic saving plan that also comes out on the first of the month – you could even divide this into specific sub-savings accounts. This way, you know that your core financial priorities are taken care of, and whatever is left from your paycheck, is free to consume as you wish. Not only will this save time but it will also save a significant amount of stress.
AUTOMATE YOUR BUSINESS
If you are a business owner, then you can use automated tools like Mailchimp, Buffer, and ThePaystubs.com to automate common tasks like email follow up, social media postings, and pay slip processing. You may wish to consider taking advantage of the trend in outsourcing, where a lot of the more mundane tasks are outsourced to a virtual assistant, or even hire a more specialist virtual assistant, to help with more complex (yet boring) tasks such as accounting.