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Stretch Out

Your Most Precious

Multitask Your

to Repurpose

Your Day

Resource: Time

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Easy Ways to Stretch Out Your Day

Segment Entertainment into Bite-sized Pieces A busy schedule doesn’t have to mean giving up on fun all together. Using your gap time – time in between tasks where tackling big projects just isn’t feasible – for recreation will give your mind a well-deserved break. Use your extra 10 to 20 minutes to chip away at an audio book, treat yourself with a game on your phone, download your favorite tv show to watch on

Do you ever wonder where the day went? From wake up to lights

the go, or simply sneak in a nap. Even small breaks help you

out, you’re on the go with work, chores, meals, and then some, making every day zip by without a moment to take it all in. But

destress and focus when you need it most.

what if you could maximize your time—and enjoy more of it—by

being deliberate and dedicated to making every second count? Get going with these four simple ways to stretch out your day.

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“Call Up” Some Cardio with Friends Exercise is important, but it can be challenging to carve out time for it in your day. The same goes for catching up with family and friends. Why not combine the two and get both done in half the time? Step on the treadmill and dial up Dad. Sit on the stationary bike and phone a few friends. And a walk around town is never lonely when your sister is “next” to you, thanks to FaceTime.

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Style Your Weekly Wardrobe If every morning is a fashion show that never seems to satisfy your style, it’s time to do a one-and-done weekly wardrobe selection. Sunday before dinner is the perfect time to plan your look for the whole week, from top to bottom: shoes, ac-

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Schedule Social Media Time Facebook is fun and Instagram can be interesting, but most people don’t realize how much time they waste flipping, scrolling, “liking,” and posting on a daily basis. It can be a hard habit to break, but by scheduling specific time each day to

cessories, and all. When you can visualize the week ahead and

indulge your social app needs, you can still stay connected

plan accordingly, you’ll eliminate the closet chaos that comes

without caving in. Give yourself a time frame for checking in,

from not knowing what’s too wrinkled to wear or if your shirt is

and check out when time’s up. Limiting your social media time

Little changes can make a big difference in controlling your day

stained.

will give you real time back.

time well spent.

before it controls you. Reclaim your time and see how it can be

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Simple Tips to Save Your Most Precious Resource: Time There are only so many hours in a day, and when you’re busy,

those hours seem to fly by with many things left undone. Make

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Set Up Repeat Delivery Consumables are those goods that you use up and typically need to replace right away, such as pet food, ink cartridges, laundry detergent, and prescription drugs. Instead of having to dash out to the store the next time the dog needs to be fed before you head to work, or right before bedtime when your daughter needs to print out a school paper, order such products online and arrange for shipping at regular intervals or when supplies get low. You’ll save yourself a time-consuming errand or two and you’ll often enjoy a discount for scheduling and buying bigger quantities—plus free shipping as well.

every precious hour count by using these timesaving tips to get

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more out of your day.

Shop Smart

Cut Down on Lost Items—and Lost Time

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Amazon Echo, Google Home, and other smart devices do

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more than play music and give you the weather forecast. You can tell these devices to add items to your shopping list as

How much time do you waste looking for your keys, cell

the need arises, and then access your list on your smartphone

phone, eyeglasses, or a vital piece of paperwork hidden in a mountain of junk mail? If you’ve tried, but failed, to get into the

when you go to a store—reducing the need to make a return

habit of placing personal items in a specific place, consider

trip for forgotten items.

purchasing electronic sensors to track down what you often

even small trackers for use on the arms of eyeglasses. You can

Electronic devices with smart-home capabilities also enable

also download a “find my phone” app so you’ll never lose your cell phone again.

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Get Out the Door Quicker

misplace. There are electronic finders built into keyrings—and

allow you to turn off the lights, lock doors, set the thermostat,

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Categorize Your Life To reduce time wasted in looking for lost paperwork, organize

and monitor and control your hot tub on the go. You can even use smartphone apps and smart doorbells to monitor people coming to your door—thus avoid time-draining conversations with home improvement or lawn care salespeople.

a filing cabinet with one hanging folder for every category of

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your life—health records, birth certificates, tax forms, financial

Saving time is often just a matter of making a commitment to

paperwork, etc. To cut down on incoming mail that can easily

do things differently than before. Implement new strategies,

get lost, go paperless by opting for online bank statements,

use the latest technology, and you’ll find yourself with more

e-bills, and emailed receipts.

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7 Ways to Multitask Your Way to More Time

More meals at once Meal prep is all the rage these days, and rightfully so. Busy families count on slow cookers and prearranged freezer meals that can cook up quickly and be on the table in no time. Plan out your weekly menu and prepare pieces of your future feasts while cooking tonight's dishes. Adding extra chicken to your slow cooker today that will be used in tomorrow's dinner can add precious time to your week.

You can’t add more hours to the day, but you can get more out of them when you multitask. You don’t have to be a time man-

agement wizard in order to work on multiple projects or items on your to-do list; start with some small adjustments to your

daily routine and you’ll soon notice that your days will be much

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Put your banking on notice

more productive.

Here are seven ways to multitask your way to more time:

Time is money, and you’ll be in control of both when you

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Listen to a podcast Keep your finger on the pulse of pop culture, the news, sports, and just about every other topic under the sun with one of the countless free podcasts available for download. You can listen to podcasts on your own time schedule and makes mundane tasks like housekeeping much more interesting.

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Dictate your to-do list Experts show that planning is the way to productivity. But if you’re too busy to jot down your errands and tasks on

automate your banking. Plus, when you do your banking through your financial institution's app, you can set up alerts for transactions, balances, and more so you can manage on the go. Just make sure you're using a secure connection when you do.

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Use speakerphone or a headset Going hands-free with your phone allows you to be more mobile and productive. Stay in touch with friends and family while

That’s right—we said take a breather. Your brain is in over-

paper, dictate it into your smartphone with a talk-to-text app.

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Download the latest page-turner

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Take a break to focus on one thing

also getting things done around the house.

drive when you multitask, so it pays to take regular breaks by

Whether you start with a small task or a large one, to-do lists

focusing on just one project or task. Even though you are still

also have a way of adding much-needed organization and

working, your brain will be reenergized and you’ll be back at

focus to your day.

the multitasking game in no time.

Never have enough time to get through your to-be-read pile? Take your bookshelf with you on your commute with audiobooks. There are a variety of services that offer subscription options based on your needs, or you can check out audiobooks for free from your local library.

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We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but by making certain tweaks to your daily routine, you might find that you are more productive and—dare we say it?—have more time to do the things that matter most to you. 7


Easy Fixins: Creative Ways to Repurpose Leftovers Eating leftovers may feel like a drag, but with a little ingenuity, you can repurpose and reimagine

new uses for them—and your family will be none the wiser. Here are some creative ways to breathe

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new life into those leftovers currently on borrowed time in your refrigerator.

Comfort Food: Just Add Leftovers If you have leftover meat like chicken or hamburgers, along with some cooked vegetables, you’ve already got the start of a comfort food meal—that’s quick. Shred, crumble, or cube up the meat or poultry, and chop veggies into bite-sized pieces to use as the base for warm, onepot or slow cooker soup, stew, or chili. Then, go on the hunt for recipes featuring the ingredients you have on hand, and add whatever else it needs: broth, beans, diced tomatoes, pasta, rice, spices, herbs, etc.

Fun idea: Set up a salad bar. Hand family members a plate with

lettuce and let them build their custom salad from your prepped

leftover items, toppings (seeds, craisins, feta cheese), other addins (olives, chickpeas, cucumbers), and dressing.

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Main Dish Salads

Make this healthy main meal even healthier by adding a protein punch with leftovers. Before you even put away uneaten

Fun ideas: Beef and black bean chili, chicken enchilada soup, pork pho soup (hint: use ramen noodles for a 10-minute meal) 8

portions, get it salad-ready so all you have to do is toss it in tomorrow for a quick serve meal. 9


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Egg-cellent Leftovers If you have potatoes, asparagus, or other roasted or steamed vegetables, you can create a crowd-pleasing main dish frittata, or use them in your breakfast omelettes. While you’re at it, it’s also a genius way to put leftover ham or sausage to good use.

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Simple Stir Fry Speaking of quick meal ideas, a worldly way to add flavor and taste to otherwise dried out leftovers is to reheat them in a hot skillet with your favorite Asian-flavored marinade. Start with some garlic and ginger in a little bit of sesame oil, then add your bite-sized meat/fish and veggies. Once heated through, stir in your sauce of choice (hoisin, teriyaki, or your own concoction).

Once you get used to these clever cook-it-quick hacks, everyone will look forward to eating leftovers. Even better, you’ll be able to get a jump on mid-week meal prep, and waste less food.

Fun idea: Make single-serve breakfasts for the family. Just beat your eggs, pour them into muffin tins, sprinkle in different cheeses and leftover veggies, and bake.

Fun ideas: Shrimp tacos with mango

salsa, pulled chicken sandwich with slaw, roast beef, provolone, and pepperoncini panini make tasty combos

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3. Forkless Dinner Do-Overs Another super way to make leftover meat, fish, and veggies taste way more scrumptious than simply microwaving them is to use them in wraps, paninis, sandwiches, tacos, and more. Shred or cut up leftover chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp, then slather on sauce or dressing, cheese (if you please), and other

Fun idea: Make “leftover fried rice” out of plain, cooked white rice

and whatever protein and veggies you have on hand. Finish it off by scrambling an egg and adding it in along with some soy sauce.

sandwich/taco toppers and heat up for a toasty, melted meal. 10

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Get More From Your Day  

Easy Ways to Stretch Out Your Day Simple Tips to Save Your Most Precious Resource: Time 7 Ways to Multitask Your Way to More Time Creative W...

Get More From Your Day  

Easy Ways to Stretch Out Your Day Simple Tips to Save Your Most Precious Resource: Time 7 Ways to Multitask Your Way to More Time Creative W...