While it would be nice if we could spend our time pursuing passions, a large majority of our time is spent on repetitive and manual tasks that just need to be done. These tasks, such as paying the bills or buying groceries, are boring but yet, they ‘keep the lights on’, both figuratively and literally.
Wouldn’t be it nice if these things could just run themselves? While it’s not entirely possible, there are numerous things you can do to automate the daily things you do in your life.
Here are tips on how you can automate your life and save time:
Create automatic payments for all your bills.
Have you ever been charged a late fee because you missed the deadline to pay a bill? Often times, this happens simply because you forget. While it may seem innocent, forgetting to pay your bills frequently can have a negative effect on your credit. Avoid all this trouble by simply creating automatic payments for all your bills. All major banks have this feature and once you set it, you can forget it. Never miss a deadline again. Just remember to have enough money in your bank account.
Plan out your meals weekly.
If you’re a busy working parent, figuring out what to cook for dinner can be one of the most frustrating tasks. Factor in breakfast and lunch for the kids and you’ve got yourself a lot to think about. Meal planning doesn’t have to be as tedious as you make it out to be. In fact, it should only be something you do once a week. On Sundays, take a couple hours to write down exactly what meals to prepare for the week and then make a trip to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients. As much as you can, prepare meals in bulk so that you just reheat whenever you need to. Meal planning makes life much more efficient and takes the guesswork out of dinner.
Make use of your smartphone.
Smartphones can do a lot more than texting and FaceTime. If you have a smartphone, use it to make your life a little easier. Set your reminders in there so that you never forget a deadline or birthday. Sync up your calendar with your phone so that you have you schedule everyday right at the palm of your hand. Also, there are thousands of apps available for you to download to help you manage your time and your life. Make use of them.
Hire someone else do it for you.
This may seem like cheating but it isn’t. Sometimes, you just can’t do everything yourself so why not outsource it to someone who can? While paying a little extra to get some help can seem like a waste of money, it really isn’t. You can spend your time doing things that really matter. Check out our post on using freelancing Web sites to help build your business — much of the tips in that post can be utilized to help delegate your mundane tasks to freelancers.