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How to gain an hour every day

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    How to gain an hour every day

    How to gain an hour every day

    Find out how to gain an extra hour every day!
    Being pressed for time is a familiar feeling for many Aussies. If you want some ‘me time', try these simple tips to make more room in your life for the things you love...

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    If you drive your kids to school and back every day, why not set up a car pool with other mums in your neighbourhood? With transport accounting for more than 40 per cent of Australia's energy consumption, you'll not only save time and petrol but you'll be doing your bit for the environment too. Try car pooling for sports events as well.

    Time saved: 20 minutes

    Get clicking

    Shopping with the little ones is not only stressful, but with all the organisation needed, it can easily take up several hours. To avoid the headache of juggling groceries while keeping the kids in check, try shopping online. Once you've written out your list simply jump onto your computer and get ordering. Most major supermarkets, like Coles and Woolworths, provide an easy shop and delivery service at the click of a button.

    Time saved: At least an hour

    Tidy up, stay fit

    When you're rushed, it's not easy to make exercise part of your everyday regimen. Solution? Get your house clean and stay fit at the same time. Did you know vacuuming burns 119 calories in 20 minutes and cleaning floors uses 129? By fitting in vigorous cleaning sessions while you wait for dinner to cook or the washing to spin, you can earn yourself the double whammy of a free workout and a squeaky clean house. For a bonus burn, add some lunges while you vacuum and squeeze in a few squats as you scrub.

    Time saved: 20 minutes

    Standby dinners

    Preparing meals can be time consuming so when you're cooking up a storm in the kitchen, simply double the amount and freeze half. Vegie pasta dishes are easy to create and keep, and using frozen vegetables rather than fresh ones can save preparation time. Research shows that frozen is just as healthy anyway, as all the nutrients are locked in as soon as the vegies are picked.

    Time saved: 20 minutes

    Clean as you go

    Want to know the secret to never having to clean up after cooking again? It's simple. Just clean as you go. As you prepare vegies, put the peelings straight in the bin, wipe down surfaces as you use them and rinse bowls and pots as you go. By the time you sit down to eat, everything should be stacked neatly, ready for a quick wash up.

    Time saved: 15 minutes

    Tick it off

    Keep a daily to-do list somewhere visible, like on your fridge or next to your phone. Write down the tasks in order of priority and cross them off as they're completed. But don't fret if you don't get everything done, just carry it over to the next day. This simple tool can really save you from wasting time worrying about what needs to be done and whether you've forgotten to do something.

    Time saved: 10 minutes

    TV turn-off

    Reduce your TV viewing time by only watching your favourite shows or taping them and watching them without the ads. We all watch shows we don't really enjoy. Also, consider having a no-TV day. You will be surprised by how much you can get done. With recent Australian research showing that those who watch six hours of TV a day shorten their life span by 4.8 years, there's never been a better time to turn it off!

    Time saved: 30-60 minutes

    Washing workout

    Have two washing baskets on the go and separate your light and dark clothes as soon as you've taken them off - train the whole family into this helpful habit and it'll save you precious minutes. When putting out your washing you can even hang good clothes on hangers to dry before popping them straight in the wardrobe without the need for ironing.

    Time saved: 10-20 minutes

    Present planning

    We're all guilty of rushing out to the shops for a last-minute birthday card or gift. Make sure you never get stuck again by buying cards in bulk and collecting gifts whenever you see something on sale. Also stock up on stamps, wrapping paper and gift bags and keep them all in the same place. Not only will you be super-organised but if you bought everything while it was on sale, you'll be helping your bank balance too.

    Time saved: 20 minutes

    Time saved: 20 minutes

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