1. Have an everyday makeup bag
Put all your daily makeup in one spot, and you won’t waste time digging around looking for that perfect lip gloss.
2. Create a handy drop spot
Have a pretty dish by the front door. Empty your pockets into it each night to avoid morning “where are my keys” panic.
3. Stop procrastinating
The less you want to do a job, the more “urgent” things you find to do instead. Start the day with an uncomfortable task — it’s called “eating the frog.” By doing something important first thing while you have more brainpower, you’ll ensure that no matter how crazy things get, you’ve checked one key thing off your list.
4. Check your email, just not often
Switching between tasks can waste 40 percent of your workday. Don’t answer your email every time it pings; instead, deal with it a few times a day.
5. Spy on yourself
Don’t let working at your computer become a black hole: Try Rescue Time. This sneaky app runs in the background revealing exact time wasted doing, ahem, research.
6. Toss it in a bowl
Put a large bowl next to your prep area and throw in scraps of vegetables, etc. It’ll save you multiple trips to the compost bin and keep your counter tidy.
7. PVR your must-see TV
The average hour-long show is 36 percent commercials. Keep the entertainment and cut the filler by PVR-ing your shows and fast-forwarding through the commercials.