The start of a new year is the perfect time to work towards goals that improve your life. For many people, this means getting organized and finding ways to live better, easier, and smarter. However, there are only so many hours in the day. Worried you don’t have enough time or energy for your goals? Here’s how to be more productive in 2022.
Listen & learn
Instead of listening to music or letting the television provide background music while you cook, clean, or complete other mindless tasks around the house, listen to the following suggestions to use that time to your advantage. Audiobook services like Audible are perfect for people who find themselves with limited reading time and a desire to enjoy more books in 2022. Alternatively, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher are great resources for informative podcasts that can teach you about topics like business, science, history, and more through accessible listening formats.
Conduct a budget review
They say that time is money, but let’s be honest: money is money, too. That’s why it pays to spend a little time reviewing your monthly expenses, especially if you’ve had a recent life or income change. Things to look out for during a budget review include unused subscriptions or services that can be bundled for a lower price. Getting rid of these unnecessary expenses is a great way to allow your money to be used more productively this year, especially if you choose to invest those funds instead. Want to save yourself more time throughout the year? Switch your recurring bills to automatic payment plans to save yourself a few minutes each month.
Put your phone down
There’s a reason they call it “mindless scrolling.” Social media is a great way to unknowingly waste hours. Setting a daily time limit for your phone usage is a great first step to winning back time that would otherwise be wasted. Once your limit is set, it’s important to consider how you plan to fill that void with other hands-on activities. Whether you live alone, or with friends/family, everyone can benefit from brain-boosting screenless activities, such as puzzles, games, crafts, and more.
Plan your meals
From figuring out what to eat, to ensuring you have the right ingredients, mealtimes can be a huge productivity waster. That’s why the most productive people tend to plan their meals in advance. Instead of a daily debate about “what’s for dinner,” create a meal plan that allows you to think and shop once, saving you time and money consistently.
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