In our fast-paced culture, it’s pretty easy to get distracted. It’s more important than ever to be sure you’re spending your time with intention. These simple life hacks should challenge you to explore new ways to save your ever-precious time for the things you truly care about. Without further adieu, I bring you 15 things to help you reclaim your day.
The Life Hacks
Clear Your Head. Wake up early and take some time to review and outline your day. Be intensional with how you spend your time. Always start your day with action, rather than reaction.
Follow the 80/20 Rule. Focus on the 20% of your effort that builds 80% of your results. Sometimes the other 80% will include canceling plans, dropping clients, etc. Do it – this is essential to your growth.
Quit your email. This may sound counterintuitive, but nowadays it’s too easy to get caught up in a “chat” using email. It’s ridiculous. Setting expectations and answering your email in batches will all you to save all sorts of time.
Relax and take a break. People actually get more done in a “sprint” mentality. Work intensely for an hour and then take a little break. You won’t get fatigued as easily and no matter how long you work, you’ll always know a break is just around the corner.
Outsource. Even the smallest of tasks can now be outsourced to people all over the world. Know what your time is worth and when to pay someone to do something for you. Check fiverr.com / odesk.com
Shorten your list. You should really only have 3-5 things that you’re concetrating on. It’s not going to be productive to sit down with your entire calendar and try to go through everything. Hit the high points, and you can always come back for more.
Use James Clear’s 2-minute rule. For the random incoming tasks, if it takes 2 minutes or less, knock it out now. 3 minutes or more – schedule it for another time and keep moving. Check jamesclear.com
Filter your web browser. There are lots of great tools to keep you focused on getting things done by blocking access to sites that aren’t on your whitelist. Check focalfilter.com
Video conference instead of meeting in person. This isn’t always the answer, but it’s a great way to get some “face time” without taking time to travel and wait around for co-workers or clients. Use this life hack. Check skype.com
Avoid traffic. Adjust your schedule to leave early/late to avoid rush hour traffic. This can often cut a commute in half saving your almost a full day by the end of the month. Check waze.com
Prepare meals in bulk. Take the time to cook and package as many meals as you can for the coming days. This will take some time upfront, but save you quite a bit when you’re able to quickly grab the meals on the go.
Shop online. Not only will this save you time, you can usually get a heck of a deal. Most online retails are setup for super easy returns, if it’s not what you wanted. Check amazon.com
Cut down on the keyboard. There are a number of apps to condense keystrokes (i.e. lmk = Please, let me know). You can also use your voice to dictate longer messages on most modern computers. Check trankynam.com/atext/
Don’t multi-task. As tempting as it is to attempt to do everything at once, you’ll be able to handle much more by prioritizing your tasks and knocking them out one-by-one. Focus.
Get off Social Media. Unless this is your job…stop. If it’s absolutely necessary, try to wait until the afternoon, after you’ve accomplished your essential tasks for the day. Don’t get caught in the trap on getting to work, checking your Facebook account and then heading to lunch (wondering where the day had gone).Time lost is never found again. Click To Tweet
— Benjamin Franklin
As our culture continues to evolve, we must be increasingly aware of when and where we invest our time. Many of us have created a reality where we’re always busy working, but rarely getting things done. Hopefully you’ll walk away with at least a couple of new ideas on how to better manage your minutes. These life hacks work. Here’s lots more life hacks to live by.