7 Ways to get more done around the house

7 Ways to get more done around the house

Getting more done around the house can be difficult, but here are seven ways that you can make getting things done easier

There can be a lot to do around the house and, sometimes, it feels as if there isn't enough time to do everything you need to. Managing your time well can make this easier, however. Here are seven ways to get more done around the house and to free up some more of your time.

Make a Plan

At the start of the day, make a plan to follow. Think about what needs to be done and when.

Draft a to-do list and assign times to various tasks throughout the day to keep yourself moving forward.

Beat the clock

TimerTimers can help encourage you to work within a timeframe. Credit: Valentyna Yeltsova

A deadline can be a great motivator and can help fight distractions such as the internet. Try setting a time on your phone or your alarm clock in order to get more done.

Stay focused

Woman on phonePhones can be a distraction when getting things done. Credit: fizkes

Turning off your phone and shutting down emails means that you can focus on the task at hand. Focus on the task that most immediately needs to be done.

"Focus on the task that most immediately needs to be done"

Don’t be afraid to say “I’ll get back to you later.”

Become a taskmaster

Couple cleaningGiving other people tasks can mean your to-do list is finished faster. Credit: DisobeyArt

Delegating tasks can make your job easier. Assigning age and time appropriate tasks to others can get jobs done much quicker at home. Outside of home, organising volunteer activities or carpools can mean you can trade tasks with others.

Chunk it

When you have a lot to do, it can feel like you are overhelmed with work and are too busy. To fight this, break tasks down into bite-size jobs. Instead of saying ‘clean the house’, say ‘wash the dishes’, ‘do laundry’ or vacuum the living room.

"Breaking a task into smaller jobs means you will have faster progress"

Breaking a task into smaller jobs means you will have faster progress and feel as if you have accomplished more.

Plan for unpleasant surprises

Woman reading at homeHaving a hobby with you means that, if you get delayed, you have something to do. Credit: Daniel de la Hoz

Always carry a book, your phone or something to do if you encounter any delays. Getting work done, ahead of time, can mitigate unpleasant surprises.

Be flexible

If something in your day’s schedule doesn’t work out, it can always be done tomorrow. A to-do list is a guide.

"Over-scheduling can undermine how much you can get done"

While focusing on the task at hand is important, free time is just as important. Over-scheduling can undermine how much you can get done in a day.

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