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    Grocery shopping once a week does not work for us. We buy fresh poultry, fresh fish and fresh vegetables and even ground beef occasionally which needs to be purchased at least every other day to keep it fresh.. Also we are seniors and the various supermarkets give seniors a discount one day each week, but the three markets we shop at have those discounts on three different days.
  • Not a great article and why because this is all common sense. We always have the power and the ability to say NO to most anything that takes up our time. When I worked it was in a controlled environment. No cell phones allowed and no ability to make personal calls - there was a phone in the office where emergency calls could come in. No internet access only intranet so no surfing etc. Today that sounds restrictive. Actually it was efficient. You came to work, you did your work, you got breaks and you went home. Because we were classified you couldn't take it with you. If work needed you to stay you did. Today we want it all and want it all NOW. Wow. FOMO (fear of missing out) has taken over. Multi-tasking works when you link similar tasks. It can be possible to do it well. If you try to do very different things however one or both of them will tank because you can't give your FULL attention to anything. And so it goes. Society has developed for convenience but at a huge price. Sorry but social media is anything but and it's psychologically destructive in that for many it is addictive.
  • Thought when I retired I'd get it all together at home. Ha! It's not about the number of hours in the day, but how you elect to use them. Great article.
  • Helpful. Thank you!
  • if this site was easier to wade through and complete faster it would be an immense help in my opinion
  • Thanks for the great article.
  • I have deliveries for organic meat, organic fruit and vegetables, and my groceries. This probably saves me 5-6 hours a week.
    Wonderful article. It really makes you take an honest look at the way you're trying to do things to make small meaningful tweaks. Great suggestions especially about food prep am email. Currently use those religiously. Thanks for sharing.
    Many good ideas here. Thanks.

    I like the idea of menu planning but definitely think it is better if you see the weekly grocery store ads first to see the sales and then plan the menu.

    I spend way too much "playing" on the computer. Seems I go to just check email and then get hooked on some silly game and loose track of time.
    So I will start with 3 times a day and put a time limit on myself.
    Good article.

    Shopping from a list is a good idea. A BETTER idea is to menu plan for the week, and THEN shop from your list.
    Menu planning means you will buy what you need, and use it in a timely fashion.

    Also, agree with turning off electronics an hour before bed (or sooner.) Our gadgets emit a high level of white light which is known to be a promoter of wakefulness...think light box therapy for SAD!

  • Thanks for the article.
  • Thank you for the article! I need to get good at meal planning, so that I know what I need for an entire week. It's just a matter of sitting down with a piece of paper and doing some math.

    Also, not to be contrary, but there was a study that said people who went shopping every single day were more healthy than people who didn't, whether or not they actually bought anything. So there's something in the walking, and when you go be sure and walk around the parameter if you can. It's good for you!

    I found an error in the article, about batching your chores. You say there's a "best approach", and then you say it's a terrible idea, and that there's a better one. Okay, then the sentence needs rewritten to not say it's the best approach, because obviously you don't feel that way.
  • An excellent article, and one easy to implement. I also find myself guilty when it comes to checking emails and spending time on Facebook (especially playing some of the games on FB). I did see two time wasters which were absent: online gaming and watching television. Thanks to this article, it gives me something to think about and to change.
    I feel so guilty on the particular checking on Facebook and emails from time to time. But not for long. I made my time schedule balanced right now. But I have been guilty about last minute grocery shopping and food deliveries instead of eating healthy meals.

    But its a great overall article. Well done! I have bookmarked this article so that I can read it the time that I have forgotten it.
  • Useful article; I need to return to it to be reminded. One point that would be hard for me is the one about the frequent grocery shopping, as it is my now-retired husband's favorite thing to do. I hate any kind of shopping, but he asks for very few things of me so I accompany him. That is what a 50ish year marriage is about; compromise.

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