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    5 Ways to Steal Some Time Back This Busy Season

    By | March 9, 2017

    Ugh, busy season. 8 hours of sleep? Try 5-6  on a good day. And, to add insult to injury, we are mocked by the fact that we are losing another precious hour this weekend (daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 12).

    If sleep deprivation makes you want to cry, I tracked down some ways you can save some time in other areas of your life to make room for a nap this weekend.

    Skip grocery shopping

    Order groceries online (at work, of course) and pick them up on your way home. Genius. That has to save a least a half hour, maybe more. I tracked down a handful of grocery stores who offer online ordering. And these stores will even deliver in certain locations:

    If you are lucky enough to live in an Instacart service area, it doesn’t matter if the grocery store offers online ordering. You can order groceries online through the Instacart app and get them delivered in as little as an hour.

    For added efficiency, save your shopping cart and just re-order the same grocery cart next week. You’re welcome.

    Can food just magically appear?

    Hop on GrubHub or use a service like Postmates to have what you crave delivered, whether it be to your house or the office.

    Or, if you plan ahead, there are lots of companies that send fully prepared meals (sans the added preservatives) to your door. Two that caught my eye were:

    Alternatively, if you want to cook every once in awhile but don’t want to worry about your meal kit spoiling, check out Takeout Meal Kits for pre-measured ingredient kits that are inexpensive and non-perishable.

    Disclaimer: This advice only applies if your firm isn’t springing for “working” meals. If they are, disregard these suggestions. You’re good with work sustaining sustenance and probably have a few extra pounds to show for it.

    Even so, the meal I always struggled with was breakfast. I never had time to eat breakfast during busy season. My solution — smoothies. Luckily, Green Blender is a service that will deliver ingredients and recipes to whip up superfood smoothies. That’s better (and actually cheaper) than going to Jamba Juice.

    Cut the line at Starbucks, et al.

    The Starbucks app lets you order and pay ahead of time, and you can just show up and pick up your coffee. It may save only a couple of minutes per day, but it can add up if the line is long.

    It’s a trend in fast food to offer this service; even McDonalds will offer a mobile order and pay service in 20,000 restaurants by the end of 2017. Others already embracing mobile ordering include Panera, Chick-fil-A, and Dunkin Donuts.

    But, beware, studies are showing it doesn’t always save time and could come back and bite you when you are running late to work.

    Order essentials by clicking a button

    I mentioned this last week, but it’s neat, so I will mention it again. Click a button and Amazon does the rest. Never fear of running out of toothpaste or contact solution at an inopportune time again.

    Have a new wardrobe delivered

    You’re sick of wearing the same worn out work clothes that reek of Dryel, but you certainly don’t have time to go shopping for new clothes. Here are a couple of options that can keep you looking presentable:

    Or, if you want to rent some fresh items instead:

    Do you have any ways to save time and keep sane during busy season I missed? Share in the comments.

    Image: Unsplash / Jordan Whitfield

    • You could also skip the gym and skip some meals.

      • N.E.R.D.

        You could also skip out of family time and become a stranger to your spouse and children.

        All of these “time savers” cost $$. Why not suggest moving closer to the office and paying a premium increase in rent to cut down on commuting?

        • Tax Nerd

          Hey! How do you think all the partners worked those hours they lecture you about when they were at your level? There’s a reason most of them are on their second or third spouse/set of kids.

          Cutting commuting time is definitely worth it. I’d rather live in a
          tiny crummy studio near the office than have a long commute from the
          ‘burbs during busy season. But that’s an easier call to make when you’re young and single, and don’t live in a ridiculously high cost area.

        • True. Another suggestion could have been to pay to outsource your work on Upwork or Fiverr.

        • Depending on your insurance plan, a feeding tube might be a good option.

    • Big4Veteran

      You could power tick your financial statement tie out to get done faster.

      • The Horniest Partner

        I did this method on an inventory count. I said fuq the recounts just tell me what you counted Mr. Plant manager. A) It was a dairy and I was counting in a freezer B) it was new years eve C) I was 24 and had much better things to do D) the audit is useless, there was plenty of product there, not like they were over reporting assets

    • BKGreed

      Why not invest in a cot from Cabellas and just sleep in the office? I’m confused at what this was, an article or advertorial?

    • Internal audit has never looked so attractive!

    • Your mother

      God, your articles are always terrible.

    • The Horniest Partner

      Instead of going out on Saturday night for 4-6 hours and spending lots of money trying to get laid, just call a professional. Saves time, its guaranteed and less expensive depending on your tastes.

    • sludgemonkey

      During busy season I find its easier to just get your carnal desires fulfilled at the office.

    • That’s Public Practice for you! I would never touch it again.