• Have one place for your keys, wallet, bag, and phone. How much time do you spend looking for one of these items each day? Create one space to keep all of these items and get in the habit of only putting them there.
• When chopping veggies for a salad, make enough for 2 days. No, they will not be as fresh the second day, but you'll have saved time and made sure there is something healthy to eat.
What to do with your 10 extra daily minutes:
. Go into a quiet room (if you can), sit cross-legged on the floor, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. If you get distracted, try to stay focused on your breath and avoid letting your mind wonder. For other meditation ideas, check out this article from Body and Soul.
Write a nice card to a friend. I've talked to so many working moms who say that staying in touch with friends is something they often neglect to do because of lack of time. Sending a nice card letting your friend know you're thinking of her is a great way to keep the relationship going when you can't invest more time or energy.
Get silly with your kids. Five minutes is all you need to have some crazy fun - and it will probably de-stress you enough to make you more productive with the next item on your to-do list.
Have a suggestion to add to the list? Post your favorite way to save time during your day!