Never enough time in the day, is there? I stay up late, wake up early and was the “busiest unemployed person,” according to my husband. There are articles that talk extensively about time management, but I like simple guidelines–and if you can anchor them to the cycles of food, even better. The next time you are about to make a grocery run or book a dinner reservation, consider the following times.
1. A great time to exercise: Before breakfast.
It takes a whole lot to get out of bed, yet very little to procrastinate. Once your workout is out of the way, you've still got the rest of the day to get things done. The vast majority also hit the gym after work, so take advantage of the equipment and go for it!
2. A great time to take a lunch: 11 a.m.
Most places don't open for lunch until this time. You're catching the staff before they get slammed. Or, if you are doing takeout, I prefer calling ahead so it's waiting for me. Generally speaking, if you can be seated before noon, you're fine.
3. A great time to schedule a doctor's visit: After lunch.
My dentist was always backed up when I scheduled earlier rather than
later. It only takes one drop-in to push back the whole schedule. Be
the first to see the doctor or dentist after lunch. He or she will be in
a better mood.
4. A great time to make a dinner reservation: It depends.
It's best to call when they first open. A host(ess) or reservationist is expected to be ready to receive calls at this time. If that doesn't work, call after 3 p.m. That's after lunch, but before dinner service. If you're not opposed, check OpenTable.
5. A great time to go grocery shopping: After 8 p.m.
Everyone is at home digesting at this point (or they're still enjoying happy hour). It's quieter at the store. Plus, it's an opportunity to get some walking in. Note: Grocery circulars normally reset on a Wednesday. Compare sales with your shopping list. Take a few minutes to plan, and save time and money.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.