Have you ever heard that time is money? It is so true. The more efficiently you do the things that you need to get done, the more time you have to do the things you want to do, whether that is spending more time with family and friends, developing passive income opportunities, or simply relaxing. Being able to save time will allow you to be less stressed, more confident, more effective, and more in control. When I am inefficient, I feel like life is chaotic, and I become overwhelmed. By applying the following 7 tips, I have been able to get more done more quickly so that I have time to enjoy life more:
7 Time-Saving Tips:
1. RSS Feed – Every day I look at many different websites and blogs so that I know what is going on in the world and what is new with my friends. It can be really time consuming to flip through a bunch of sites, and sometimes, I will flip through a dozen or so only to find that most of the sites haven’t even been updated with new content yet. That is where RSS feeds come in handy. RSS feeds are a way to aggregate multiple websites (such as blogs and news) into one location. Instead of going to every website that I want to read, I just go to Google Reader, which is an online aggregator of RSS feeds that can be accessed from anywhere. As long as the site has an RSS feed, it can be aggregated. What are you waiting for? Check out the Money Crashers RSS feed.
2. Look For New Routes – My husband does not work very far from our house, and if there was no traffic, it would probably only take him 15 minutes. Unfortunately, it usually takes him up to an hour to commute. So he started to look at Google maps to figure out new routes to take. Even though we are quite familiar with the area, he was able to come up with several good shortcuts that are less traveled. He is now able to take an alternate route that only adds a few minutes to his drive. This saves him almost 45 minutes a day each way!
3. Hide Feeds on Facebook – If you are like me, you have Facebook “friends” that you really don’t know. Perhaps you added them because they asked you, but the last time you talked to them was in 9th grade. And now you are stuck reading their status updates on your News Feed. If you don’t know a specific Facebook “friend,” hide his or her feed. In fact, hide as much as you can without giving up the perks of being able to socialize with your family and friends. For example, do you really need to know what someone is growing on Farmville? Hide the farms and the mafias. This will help you much more efficiently get updated on only the relevant stuff. And if you really want to save time, stay off Facebook!
4. Do Things Less Frequently – When I had a full-time job out of my home, I washed and blow-dried my hair every day. I wanted to look presentable and professional. Then when I had a newborn, I was lucky to have the time to wash my hair at all. I realized that I could go through the whole hassle less frequently, and my hair could still be presentable. Are there things you can do less frequently without losing the value that those activities provide? Prioritize!
5. Batch Activities – Somewhat similar to the previous tip, you can batch activities. For instance, I used to wash the dishes at the end of every meal. Now, I just soak them and wait for them to pile up a bit. I might wash breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes and utensils all at the same time. You can do the same thing with email; only check your email once or twice a day instead of interrupting your activities every time a new message pops up. Switching your activity can make you loose your rhythm and slow your pace. Don’t let email prevent you from being productive! Another thing that I batch is making my own homemade baby food recipes, which can be a time-consuming process but is made significantly more efficient when made in batches.
6. Prepare the Night Before – Every evening, I try to do anything I can to make the morning simpler. I make my lunch, prep the coffee pot, and lay out my clothes. This is especially helpful if you are not a morning person and tend to be slow in the mornings due to your groggy state.
7. Schedule Around Your Energy Levels – Every person has their own unique circadian rhythm. Some people are morning people while others are night owls. Some are tired after lunch while others slow down in the early evening. They key is being able to use this information about yourself to become more productive. For example, I find that I get very tired around 4pm. So for me, that is the perfect time to either get some exercise or take a power nap. On the other end of the spectrum, I tend to be quite alert from 10pm to midnight, so I use that time to be productive with my job. What is your circadian rhythm like, and how can you take advantage of that knowledge?
As you can see, there are some really simple, time-saving tips that you can implement to become more productive and enjoy some of the finer things in life. What time-saving tips do you have to add to the mix?
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