We Break for Fall!: How Do You Save Time?

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We break for fall starts today! Our week of special events hopes to help you find a new perspective or a better way. Every day for the next week, we’ll pose a question on Caregiving.com. We’ll choose a daily winner from those who post an answer; the winner will receive a gift check for a Butterball turkey. (Yep, we’re giving away turkeys!!) For a chance to win, just post your answer each day in our comments section.

Today, our question is: How do you save time?

We gained an hour last night. Which makes me wonder: How do you save time? What tips do you have for other family caregivers to help them save time? You may have a time-saving technique you use during personal care. Or, perhaps you have a way to shop for groceries that takes merely minutes. Or, maybe, you know you know how to prioritize your day so that you feel like you gain time, rather than losing.

Share your time-saving tips in our comments section, below, for a chance to win a gift check for a Butterball turkey.

I look forward to reading your comments!

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

10 thoughts on “We Break for Fall!: How Do You Save Time?

  1. Trish

    I try to save time by making sure my “background” time is being used too. For instance, I could be working on the CareGifters book on my computer but also making sure the washer and dryer are going to get laundry done. While Robert is getting ready for bed in the bathroom, I’m on standby to help but also making his bed. I also try to not waste trips. We have a 2 story house and if something needs to go upstairs, I put it on the stairs and when I go up, I take it. Little things like that help me manage the tasks of the day without letting them get out of hand.

  2. Avatar of G-JG-J

    I get up an hour ahead of my family. During that time I read the paper, have a cup of coffee, get the laundry started and take a shower. All of that is done before the rest of the family gets up so I don’t have to split my time between what I need to do and what my family needs from me.

  3. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    Part 1 (Note: “Post Comment” button disappears when the comment is this long.) The main way I save time is by acknowledging my partner’s concept of time. She often claims she needs just a few minutes for something, which then can stretch into an hour or two. I used to get impatient, which only made matters worse. Now, when my sixth sense kicks in that tells me time will be stretched, I excuse myself and tell her to come get me when she’s ready. If she protests that she’ll need “just a few minutes more,” I tell her, “That’s okay,” and add that she can still come and get me.

    I also save time (and aggravation) by letting her express what she needs to express, without arguing the point, regardless of whether or not I perceive logical inconsistencies. (That’s been the case through several interruptions as I’ve been writing this comment.)

  4. Avatar of ejourneysejourneys

    Part 2: I chunk my errands together away from the house, so that I can get them all done at once. That’s especially true when I need to drive to the county seat about 15 miles away.

    Being able to exercise at my desk and having everything I need within arm’s reach doubles as a big time saver and a great motivational aid! :-)

      • Avatar of DeniseDenise Post author

        Hi EJ–I think the Post Comment button heads to the bottom of the page but it looks like the comment box adjusts to the length of the comment and allows for long comments. (RoaringMouse posted a long comment in our Managing Sandy post). BUT, if you still have problems, let me know.

  5. Avatar of JaneJane

    I’m not sure I do much that saves time most of the time but I like reading what the others have said. I thought about this for awhile and one thing that I feel saves me time is using the crock-pot.

    Also, I do try to do errands together. I try to schedule Nicole’s doctor’s appointments on days she has rehab so we don’t have to spend another day out.

    Jane~mom to Nicole, 18 yo, VSD, PAH, EIsenmengers (dx 1/22/10) BHJS (dx 2/4/11)
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  6. Avatar of Bette

    In the morning while my mother was in the bathroom, I would make sure I could see her and be able to make her bed and get her pills ready. In the evening, I would do the same in reverse.

    I also began to order refills while sitting with her. I would put the phone on speaker and she felt as though she was taking part in the call as well.

    Always such a good feeling to accomplish two things at once.

  7. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Same as so many I run my erands while I’m out. Hubby to physical therapy, me to pharmacy, groceries and whatever else I need on the road. Hate grocery shopping so I make my list in order of my store’s setup. (They rearranged one time so I swithced stores!). I do whatever I can online ie. refilling RX’s. While waiting at doctor’s offices, I make some business calls, then have a little “me time” with a game I’m addicted to on my phone.


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