Saturday, September 19, 2009

Everyday Efficiency (or I Need Help)

One of my favorite mental activities is to think of ways that I can be more efficient in my everyday tasks. I'm not sure if this is normal or not (I'm thinking not...). Regardless, I find great pleasure in finding a new process that shaves a few seconds off of any routine.

For example, my evening bathroom routine consists of seven steps (worst case):
  • Remove contacts
  • Wash off makeup
  • Apply toner
  • Apply moisturizer
  • Brush teeth
  • Floss
  • Use mouthwash

I have devised a process that minimizes the time I have to spend on these activities, so I can get to a more enjoyable activity (read in bed!). Here it is:

After washing off makeup, rather than moving on to apply toner, I brush my teeth, floss, and then while I'm swooshing mouthwash around in my mouth for 60 seconds, I apply toner and moisturizer.

I know! Groundbreaking, isn't it? I mean, over the course of my life (assuming I live to 90, which I plan to do) I will save 167 hours by using this process. That is not a trivial amount of time. Everyday efficiency rocks!

This one's for you, Katie. :)


Anonymous said...

Brushing and flossing?

Every day?

I think I can see how you can get a few more days of your life back! Let's talk.


Tabita said...

Oh, I thought that was required!! Right, only for the teeth you want to keep. :)

Scilla said...

Hey sis! I just started with that myself.....but hey, you're getting pretty private!:)


Tabita said...

Private as in most people don't share their bathroom routine? :)

katie said...

*Love* this post!
(and I can totally relate)