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Between getting out the door in the morning, navigating meetings and actually finding time to interact with your loved ones, making it through the day can feel like a battlefield. Here, nine tricks for doing it better.

7:00 a.m.

You may think that checking your email first thing in the morning makes you more productive… until 45 minutes have passed and you’re in a wormhole and late. Don’t believe us? There’s a whole book about it. Here’s a tip: Refresh your email just before you leave the house and use your commute to catch up instead.

8:00 a.m.

Ack! You didn’t have time to put on eyeliner. Stash a few goodies from Stowaway in your purse. This makeup brand creates beauty products in miniature sizes (think: lipstick as big as your pinky finger) so you don’t have to lug your whole makeup bag with you.

9:00 a.m.

If you can, take your important meetings before you get to the office. Ask a colleague to meet you at a nearby coffee shop or arrange a quick breakfast. That way, you’ll be able to hash through the issues before you get bogged down and distracted by an influx of other work.

12:00 p.m.

Productivity tip: To help you get through your day in a more efficient manner, take care of tasks that involve others first. (Think: Getting that report over to Susan or answering Jay’s question that’s slowing down his whole workflow.) The faster you respond to others, the faster you can get back to handling your personal agenda.

2:00 p.m.

Find a calendar app you love and live by it. Sunrise (one of our favorites) syncs with iCloud, Gmail or Exchange. All you have to do is enter events in a natural language--think “Dinner with Doug, Saturday at 8”--and Sunrise will turn it into a calendar invite. (It’ll also give you Google Map directions if you add in an address.)

5:00 p.m.

Nothing satisfies the soul like a home-cooked meal after a busy day. But yikes, the prep work. To the rescue: Blue Apron. Its perfectly portioned meals and ingredients are delivered straight to your door so all you need to do is chop, heat and serve.

7:00 p.m.

Take a shower. You heard us: an after-hours shower can help lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. You’ll also get to sleep faster because the soothing pressure signals your body to start releasing melatonin, a reminder that sleep is near.

10:00 p.m.

Cut technology from your nighttime routine. That’s right--it’s time to choose the books over Broad City. You’ll thank us one day.

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