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Do you feel like you never have time to do the things you love? Hobbies? Outings with friends? Relaxing time spent on the couch with a good book and a bowl of popcorn?

You deserve extra time for leisure and rest, and if you can’t seem to find it in your schedule, it’s time for something to change. Use these tips for easy ways to save time every week.

1. Start pre-planning your meals.

Meal prepping is something that a lot of people are averse to because they don’t like the idea of pre-scheduling what they have to eat later in the week. For example, many people find that the first time they try meal prepping, they don’t end up eating the meals they’ve prepped.

Naturally, this is completely discouraging and will probably make you stop meal prepping altogether. Therefore, the key here is to only prep meals that you like! In other words, don’t expect yourself to like something on Wednesday of next week if it doesn’t sound good to you today.

Another good tip is to start slowly. Just work on dinners, for example. Plan out your dinners for the next three days, gather your ingredients and necessary equipment, and make up what you can for each of the meals. If you like how this goes, you can expand your meal prepping to other meals of the day.

2. Save time at the pharmacy by automating your prescriptions and getting them online.

Most adults take at least one or more prescriptions every day. If this is you, you know that organizing, calling in, and picking up your prescriptions can be a huge time suck.

To streamline this part of your life, consider switching to online prescriptions. With online prescriptions, you can log on to your account at any time of the day to organize and schedule when and how you will get your prescriptions. You won’t even need to go into the pharmacy because your prescriptions can be sent right to your door. It’s the easiest way to manage your medication-related health.

3. Turn off social media (or at least delete them from your phone).

Social media is a huge waste of time for most people. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter seem to eat up only a few minutes at a time. But over the course of the day, this can mean hours of aimless scrolling.

Start by taking just one or two social media apps off your phone. If you like the extra time you save, do the same for the rest of the social media sites you are a part of, and even consider deleting all of them altogether. In the end, how much do they really add to your life anyway?

4. Focus on doing one thing at a time. No, we really mean it — just one.

The stoics — famous Romans such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus — were adamant that we should focus on just one task at a time for optimal effectiveness in life.

If you want to read a book, for example, don’t try to read a book and watch your kids while they play outside at the same time. When it’s time to make your lunch, don’t try to watch a TV show too. If you need to write a paper for school, don’t listen to music as well; just write the paper.

This can be hard for a lot of people, especially in this day and age when multitasking is the norm. But give it a try. Doing just one thing at a time can have amazing results for your productivity.

5. Figure out what’s really holding you back.

As a final tip, start doing a bit more troubleshooting in your life. If you feel like you have no time to do the things that you love, what exactly are you doing that you don’t want to be doing?

You only get one life, and if you’re spending it doing all sorts of unpleasant things for other people or working at a job that you hate, it may be time for a change that’s bigger than simply altering the way you eat or how you get your prescriptions.

So, start making a list of what you don’t like about the way you spend your time. Don’t worry about the details or if you feel guilty about what you write down. Just do it.

Then, take a look at what you’ve got. If it’s something you can change (even if it would mean moving or changing your job), start brainstorming ways you can make these situations better.

You always have options and freedom in life, and investing in how you spend your time in order to make yourself happier, healthier, and more well-adjusted is definitely not a waste. Invest in you.

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