After the epic space needle ginger bread post from last week, people were curious.
“How do you find the time to do things like that?”
People ask me that a lot. And I’ve never really stopped to think about. If I decide I really want to do something, I make the time.
Recently, I’ve heard a lot of, “oh, she doesn’t have kids!” Which I have mixed feelings about. Sure, kids take up a lot of time. A lot. But there are still things anyone can do to steal back a few minutes a day. Nick had a timely (haha, no pun intended!) post on ways to save time. So I thought I’d take a look and reflect a little on his a few of Nick’s methods for gaining back 14 hours a week (a bit ambitious, Nick).
Ha! This is one of my faves. I’ve optimized my morning routine and can go from bed to car in 30 minutes.
- Don’t wash your hair everyday. I still shower, but I don’t always wash my hair. Yes, it takes time to “train” your scalp and hair, but it sure does save time once you can eliminate that from your daily routine. Nick, unfortunately (or fortunately), has already optimized his hair washing routine
- Simplify the makeup. Here’s what I do: curl the eyelashes, eye liner, a swipe of shadow, bronzer, and mascara. Usually in that order.
- Have a quick breakfast or prep it the night before. We have protein shakes.
- Prep a quick, grab and go lunch. It could be leftovers or a weeks worth of lunches prepared on Sunday.
Yes, I do work with engineers, and I can’t imagine many would notice if my hair was a little dirtier than normal or if my outfit wasn’t on par. So I suppose I get a small pass on some of those things. But unless you’re working at Vogue or are really concerned about what your coworkers think, see if you can knock a few things off that morning routine!
We just don’t watch it. I spend a ton of time on my laptop (editing pictures blogging….and also getting sucked int facebook, trying to cut back) but almost zero time watching “programs” – as we like to call them. We have a few faves, but lately, it’s a weekend treat.
Unfortunately, I LOVE sleep. I ADORE sleep. It’s wonderful and I need at least a solid 6, ok fine, 7 hours to be a happy camper. So I’m not planning on cutting back anytime soon. I’m intrigued by the idea of less sleep, but we have a really comfortable bed.
After reading his list, I realized that I already do a lot of these things without thinking. I cannot stand inefficiency and strive to do everything as efficient as I possibly can. Perhaps it’s why I loved Japan so much – everything was amazingly fast and efficient.
One example from last week. I had 2 sets of photos to edit but REALLY wanted to make my gingerbread space needle. Priorities, I know. So I decided that I’d frost all the pieces and then edit photos while the frosting dried. Logic would have said to do the photos first, but I was able to use the drying time to my advantage and get both things done! I actually thought about this on the car ride home from work. I’m not trying to brag, I’m trying to explain how it is that I seem to have more time than the average person. I WISH I had a time turner, but those aren’t for real. Instead, I just try and think/plan ahead to make the best use of my time.
I also do a handful of other things really fast. These include: going to the bathroom (yes, I wash my hands….with soap), talking, and walking (just try and keep up with me, I dare you!).
However, I’m so addicted to efficiency, I can be known to take it too far. I’m terrible at “wandering.” This is one of Nick’s favorite things to do while on travel. And walking around without a plan gives me hives. You’re talking to the girl who knocked out St Chapelle, Notre Dame, the Louve, the Champ Elysse, and the Eiffel Tower in less than 9 hours – and boy was I proud. But I’m getting better. And occasionally I even enjoy it
So there’s balance. But there’s always a way to earn a few more minutes back in your day! Check out Nick’s blog for a few more ideas! Or leave your faves here so others can learn from your hacks!