Basics: The principle to let you slash your chore timeThe basic principle to recognise here is that every chore is made up of preparation and doing. If the preparation is already done, the chore is done in half the time!
Realise that preparation and doing are two separate jobsSo what you have to do is to do all the preparation in little bits here and little bits there -- and here's the key -- as part of your normal wandering from room to room.
Example: Combining doing a washing and cleaning the bathroomAn example will help. I needed to vacuum and clean the bathroom and wash the throw mats.
Preparing for choreThis morning, while cleaning my teeth, I moved all the gels, shaving kit, shampoo etc. and put them in the bath. Surfaces now clear. No cleaning yet! Finished cleaning teeth and gathered up mats - put them in the washing machine (more stuff to go in there later).
Put kettle on, opened curtains downstairs and as I walked back to the kitchen to make the tea, brought the vacuum cleaner with me from under the stairs (bathroom is accessed through the kitchen). Made tea, checked up on email and blogs I follow.
It's good not to spend too long at a time sat down, so went upstairs to check for other laundry that would go in the washing machine with the mats. Took with me some clutter that had crept downstairs. Dumped it and grabbed some jeans for the wash. Back downstairs, dumped the jeans at the bottom of the stairs and did more online stuff.
Doing chore and more preparationTime for another cuppa -- took jeans with me to the kitchen, while waiting for the kettle to boil, put on the washing and prepared vacuum cleaner for the assault on the bathroom.
Made tea, and worked a little on a blog-posting. Needed to go to the loo (polite, british way of saying went for a leak; btw, loo comes from the French "l'eau", meaning water and short for water-closet or something like that).
Vacuum cleaner was ready for me, so took it in and gave the cleared floor a good going over first.