5 Ways To Save Time In Your Weekly Schedule
May 27, 2020
Here comes the new dance year... that means it's time to start re-evaluating your life, finances, and also your daily schedules. There is no time like the present to change up some things to save you money AND your sanity.
As a dance studio owner, our lives are busy, busy, busy, with a little bit of crazy sprinkled on top. Add in the 100+ tasks we need to accomplish to run our dance studios, and we need to find time to run our households and our families.
Do you find the daunting daily tasks hard to do? Are you playing catch up to clean your house, grocery shop, make school lunches, and be the 'taxi mom'? What about the family chef, or even finding time to do something for yourself like go shopping, get your hair or nails done, or even get a massage?
Hopefully, some of the ideas listed below will help you save time in your daily schedule and gain more time for yourself!
1. Take time to create your weekly schedule
This is a necessity so you are not forgetting things, or running around at the last minute. Remember that time when you promised to send cookies into school and it's now 10 pm and you have to run out to the store (having to put off your nightly glass of wine or two!) Yeah, that never happened to me before!
This schedule can simply be a list of things to get done, it could be mapping out your exact time in the day or it could be a list of to do's. Whatever you decide will work for you, make sure to follow it and check it every evening. And mark those tasks off like a boss!
2. Household Chores
My first advice is to hire a maid, but unfortunately, not everyone has the money for that to happen. Other less costly options would be to pay someone to clean every other week, for a few hours or just clean the bathrooms. Every little bit helps! (and why not take the task you HATE off your plate..omg, that rhymes...lol.)
Unfortunately, if you have to be the one cleaning your house, one of the best ways to keep your house clean without wasting a full day of back-breaking labor, is to schedule out the chores that you do on a daily basis. If you block 30 min. a day for each chore, your house will stay clean! For example:
You get the point! This way your house stays clean on a daily basis and you don't have to take one day where everything is piled high and it takes the whole day to tackle it!
Unless you have a personal chef (or your significant other loves to cook) most likely you will be doing grocery shopping and meal planning your self! There are a few easy ways to make this task a little easier.
Online grocery shopping- Living in a digital age, I have no idea why everyone does not use this service! You have your groceries delivered to your house, or even order online and pick them up at the store. This saves you time and money (no more extra's thrown into the basket!).
Menu Planning - I take about an hour on a Sunday and prep out meals for the rest of the week, make my grocery list, and order groceries online to be picked up the next day... viola! By planning ahead, you save time, money, and eat healthier. Make sure to keep track of your monthly menu because you can re-use it later, why keep re-creating the wheel?
This is probably the LAST thing I want to do! I seriously considered running an ad on Craigslist for someone to come to my house, pick up my wash and do it all at once at a laundromat, fold it, and bring it back. That is how much I hate laundry!
There are a few things you can do to alleviate the struggle!
Make sure shirts and pants are not inside out (unless they have to be washed that way). So much time is wasted when folding laundry to turn everything right side in.
If you have room in your laundry room, place baskets to sort wash. Each person is responsible for sorting their own dirty clothes.
When putting clean laundry away, sort it into piles and put each pile away, this is a great time-saver so you are not walking a hundred steps back and forth to the closet and dresser (like we don't get enough exercise teaching dance...lol)
Buy a mesh laundry bag and hook it to everyone's laundry bin. Make sure EVERYONE throws their dirty socks into the bag. When laundry day pops up, tie the bag, wash it and you will now have matching socks that are right at your fingertips!! (note to self, make sure you tie the bag securely. One time the washer monster opened it up and I still lost socks!)
5. Setting Choreography or Lesson Plans
One of my biggest challenges was finding time in the day to set choreography or review my lesson plans for my dance classes. Some days I would waste hours each day doing just this. Over the years I have streamlined the process and have been able to narrow it down to a few hours a week
Bulk choreograph for all your classes for the week, or if you are not motivated, make that week a cleaning week.
Have 'go to' steps, tricks, turns, leaps that you can reference when you hit a wall to come up with awesome choreography. Sometimes just doing one step refuels your fire!
Have set lesson plans for different levels. This is the best thing ever! It might take time to come up with a curriculum, and it will always change throughout the years, but this is the biggest time saver. You don't have to re-invent the wheel every time you teach a class! You look at your notes, review the steps and your good to go! Also, the consistency of the technique will make your dancers stronger and more accomplished.
Hopefully, in the New Year, we can save time and focus on important things like making money, building our business, and spending time with family!