LEARNING to manage your time effectively can mean you have more time for the things you love - and for yourself.

So here are five time-saving hacks…

Shower power: Can't get to the gym? No dramas! While you're rinsing shampoo from your hair, take the chance to do some stretching, or pump out 50 squats or lunges. Done and done. Bonus points for brushing your teeth at the same time.

Do it now: If you can do something in less than two minutes - like replying to an email or doing a household chore - do it straight away. If you plan to do it later, it will take you double the time.

Listen on the go: Put podcasts on in the car or when you're vacuuming the house. This way you can catch up on news, learn a language, whatever you want, while you're on the go.

Food prep: Think of your kitchen as an army base - order, order, order. Devoting a few hours a week to cooking up a storm! Pre-make your dinners and kids' lunches for the week and it will save you running around in the evenings. Another handy hint is to always cook twice as much whenever you're in the kitchen. That way you can have ready-to-go meals in the freezer.

Say no: Now there's a nifty idea. You don't need to go to every event you're invited to. 



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