14 Hacks For Women With Zero Extra Time

As much as we all love complaining about how busy we are — real talk, everyone gets a little bit of smug pleasure from declaring themselves “totally swamped” — burnout is very real and can strike even the most energetic and highly functioning among us. It happens when the exhilaration of tearing through a packed day shades into stress and causes us to start getting frustrated and slipping up. Ever worked yourself into a tizzy because your perfectly planned schedule went awry by 15 minutes? That’s classic burnout.

Now, we’ll just say right up front that we’re not going to try to convince you to slow down or give up on your ambitious on-the-go lifestyle. You do you. Instead, we want to let you in on some real-time tips and tricks that’ll shave off unnecessary time-sucks and stressors from your day. Whether it be banning that “Did I turn off my straightener?” anxiety or relying on your Google Assistant to get things done, these tricks all come by way of the most efficient, constantly on-the-move people we know. Read on (hands-free and between today’s many engagements, we’re imagining), and prepare to do what you do even better.

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Set yourself up for success by starting every morning with a digestible game plan of your duties and appointments. Before getting ready, ask your Google Assistant for a manageable briefing.
Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
We all know that feeling of dread that hits when you’re halfway to work and suddenly can’t remember if you turned off the oven. Combat these busy-girl qualms by creating a “last-minute list” of all the things you need to check before running out the door. Also, it might feel silly, but getting into the habit of saying “I’m turning off my curling iron/tea kettle/AC/lights” aloud to yourself can really help.
Didn't have a chance to brew your morning roast before dashing out the door? Avoid going out of the way by asking your Google Assistant to find you a caffeine fix on your direct route.
Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
No time to press your wrinkled #OOTD? Throw your top and a slightly damp kitchen towel in the dryer for five minutes for the same effect as a steamer. In a pinch, you can also use your hair straightener on low heat to iron out collars and creases.
Invest in a “must-have pouch” that’s big enough to fit your cellphone, wallet, keys, and daily essentials but small enough to pop in any of your purses. This is a must for people with a habit of changing up their bags to match their outfits.
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Perpetually stressed about showing up late? Commit to a one-week challenge in which you build a 15-minute buffer into all of your travel time. Your nerves will thank you.
Get into the habit of recording your exact location whenever you park. Ask your Google Assistant to remember your parking space and repeat it back to you when it’s time to leave.
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Take 10 minutes right now and clean out your car, desk, or home office. In a study conducted by Brother, 52% of participants claimed they felt instantly more productive with a tidy work area.
Need to get on the phone with your bank, airline, or pharmacy but don’t have the time to sit on hold? Use a virtual queue and let the site wait for you. Hold music is about to be a thing of the past.
Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Busy people tend to fall victim to the trap of trying to multitask, only to end up getting partway into each project and not finishing any. Install a website blocker to temporarily cut off outside distractions — like social media — until you’ve completed the task at hand.
Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
At the same time, be mindful of times when your brain is begging for a break or distraction from your work. Ask your Google Assistant to remind you to build reboots into your day. Even the busiest schedules need breathing room.
Dashing around at 10% battery? Pop your phone on airplane mode to charge up even faster.
On the go and in need of a quick caffeine boost or pick-me-up snack? Download the apps for the coffee shops and restaurants you frequent most to place your orders in advance and avoid lengthy lines. Not to mention, the more you order, the more most spots will reward you — discounts, free meals, you name it.
Our busiest days typically involve traveling. Have your Google Assistant keep tabs on any changes in your transportation information. It’s like having a personal travel agent in your pocket.