Life seems hectic lately, anyone else feel this? It seems there is not enough time in the day to get everything done, or maybe I’d rather hang out with Mark than worry about mundane life tasks, lol. I’ve been thinking about what’s important to me lately and realized being present, spending time with Mark, making space for friends, creating healthy meals and somewhere in there doing something active are top of the list. Doesn’t leave a lot if time for all the extra tasks I’m trying to do.
How do I automate my life? It might sound ridiculous but there are certain tasks I want to have off my plate. Let’s explore what I can have automated.
Here are 5 tasks you can automate tomorrow to free up time in your life.
1. Set up online payments for all your bill’s
This is one step that will take an afternoon to set up but once it’s done you don’t have to worry about paying any bill’s. You’ll simply receive the reminder email and on the same day every month your bill will be paid. The nice thing about setting up bill payment on line is you can set the payment date. By setting the payment date you can spread out all your bills throughout the month or pay them all on the same day, whatever works best for you. The only piece you have to do after is file the paperwork.
2. Order your groceries online.
Not sure about this one? Honestly try it one week! Have your groceries delivered and you never have to leave your house. I’ve tried Superstore and Save On, both were successes. This option helps me stay on budget, only buy what I need and easily shop for weekly deals. If you are curious about this process check out my previous article about Meal Planning.
3. Create an account to help with social media.
If you use any form of social media you should look into apps to help you plan your feed. I’m only starting on this piece but already can see the value. Being able to plan and schedule content has taken stress away, let me enjoy blogging more and made it easier to prep content. It’s a game changer. Some apps I am loving Planoly, Tailwind and Later.
4. Pay yourself first
It’s the old saying, but it works! Each week I know how much I should be saving so I automatically split that money between my RRSP and TSA. This way it’s not in my account and what’s left is for bill’s and fun! I’m never overspending because my bank account reflects the money I have to spend, not my total savings.
5. Watch for travel deals in the background.
In Canada nothing is more expensive or stressful than trying to book an affordable flight! Last year some friends told us about the Hopper and it’s already saved us a huge amount of money. Here is an example, every year we fly to see my family during the holidays. It’s a 55 minute flight. 2 years ago it cost me $1500 for two people. I tried Hopper this past year, received a notification at 11pm on a Wednesday and booked two roundtrip flights for $400! That’s 26 percent of the previous years total.
I’m not automating my life to sit at home and be a sloth. On the contrary, by automating a handful of tasks I’ve freed up so much time, which I can now spend with Mark or friends or biking or cooking or making a diy, the options are endless!