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TAKING CARE OF YOUR MONEY TAKES TIME!

Many people rarely look at their accounts or investment statements until a crisis occurs. 

I know someone who looks at her account online twice a day.  She knows where every single cent that has been spent.  I use to think this was extreme but I’ve come to learn, it’s a good thing.  It only takes a few minutes every day but, the good news is , you’re on top of your financial situation.

Online banking makes it so easy to scan your accounts at your bank, your credit card balances, and your investments.  It takes only a few minutes but gives you every day a focus on your money, how much you have, how much you have spent, and what you have left.   You also learn to watch your investments and understand them better – the fluctuations and the reasons why.

One day at a time, a few minutes at a time, you are becoming your own financial expert!   In the long run, it will save you time because you can focus on making money rather than spending it!  Try it – for 30 days – every morning, first thing before you do anything else, take 10 minues and review your accounts.  Over the 30 days, see how it changes your money perspective and involvement.

What does it do for you?  Keeps you aware of your money and encourages you to learn as much as you can how to best utilize what you have.

GOOGLE ALERTS – Save a lot of research time!

If you don’t know about Google Alerts, then do sign up.  You can get Google Alerts on just about anything under the sun!  If you are researching, then it’s a fabulous tool – you can go through a lot of information in one week to find just what you are looking for – give it a try!

www.google.com/alerts

 

COOK GOOD FOOD TO SAVE TIME!

I see line ups at fast food places – people don’t mind standing in line and yet in the time it takes to stand in line, people could have 2 or 3 or more meals made!  How?  Roasting.  Slow cooking in a slow cooker.  Stews.  Curries.  Casseroles. and making double the meals when you prepare your dinner.

You can roast meat and vegetables – you don’t even have to peel most vegetables especially root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, potatoes – just wash them very well and roast with a less expensive cut of meat – saves not only time but money.  Just set the timer on your over to start in the afternoon or throw everythign in to a slow cooker and by dinner time, your meal is ready. 

Make enough for hot lunch to take to work and/or another dinner later that week.  Same goes for casseroles – just put everything together, put it in a casserole dish in the oven, set the timer and it’s done when you get home!   The bonus is that you can prepare these the night before, put them in the fridge, just before you leave put them in the oven and voila!  a great dinner!

It tastes great, its nutritious, it’s less expensive than fast food and you don’t have to stand in line!

BUYING LESS SAVES TIME!

Buy less and you’ll save a lot of time!  What do I mean?

People’s garages, basements, attics, etc. collect  a lot of “stuff” which people are likely to never use again – you’ve seen it on TV – mounds of stuff.

Did you notice on the “make-over” shows how much time having “stuff” consumes?  Searching for things you want among the things you don’t want any more – moving boxes from one place to the next – the many hours spend in an attempt to “clean things up”.

So next time you’re at the store and you’re tempted to buy something, think first:  “I’m I really going to use this thing?  If so, when?  Right now?”  If the answer is not now then wait to buy it.

SLEEP – YOUR BEST TIME SAVER!

Most people think it’s quite alright to deprive themselves of sleep – it’s usually the first to go when life becomes hectic – it’s the last thing that should!

I hear all the protests now!  Yes, I did it too!  I thought – I can do without sleep – I’ve got so much to do!  Wrong!  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

One time I was so sleep deprived studying a programming language, I started to literally bounce off the walls going down a hallway!  I knew then that trying to solve the riddles and staying up night after night had put me in jeopardy – can you imagine if I had been driving a car??!!

Sleep is the best thing you can do for time management.  Why?  Because you can accomplish much more energized and clear thinking than you can half asleep, yawning, running to the coffee machine every hour on the hour and trying to concentrate when the brain just needs rest.

You don’t believe me – likely – you can prove it to yourself.  One day when you are well rested, notice how well things go – relationships, tasks, resolving problems, facing obstacles, having fun, etc.

Now, one day you’ll have one of those days when you just couldn’t sleep – notice how slow your reactions are, the down mood you feel, iritation with others, how long it takes to get the simplest tasks done and how difficult even reading becomes.

Time management is not always about hours – it’s how to treat yourself!

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