Some simple tips to save time
Ask most people what they’d like to have more of and you’ll find the answer is usually time. Even the most money-hungry misers realise that more time means more time to make more money. Ever since the day we were born, we have been running out of time and there’s no way to refill the egg timer. So it makes sense to try to waste as little of it as possible.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
If you’ve ever felt guilty about spending an extra hour in bed or watching another episode of your favourite series, you may have been too hard on yourself. Ask yourself whether you were actually wasting time or merely spending it in the way you wished. There is a big difference between being glued to the TV and simply sitting in front of it, flicking through the channels. The whole point about saving time is to create more time to do the things you love. If what you love is flicking through channels, that’s great. If it isn’t, you should probably be doing something else.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe
From Abraham Lincoln’s quote we can deduce that planning and preparation time, when used appropriately, is not wasted time at all. Plan as you go along, if you can – add items to your shopping list as they get used up. If you can’t order goods online and have them delivered, plan your shop like a surgical strike. Invest time in teaching your kids how to do things for themselves. It might take an extra hour today but it will save you plenty of hours in the future. Planning, training and delegating effectively are not just tasks for the office – they are life tasks.
Kill two birds
Look at ways that you can start to multitask. These should ideally be tasks which use different brain functions. Making a call on speakerphone whilst you finish preparing dinner is more likely to be a success than making a speakerphone call whilst you try to write a formal email.
If you spend time at the gym, or go jogging, buy yourself a treadmill. Now you can watch that movie and work out, or maybe do some studying or even write that email whilst you burn those calories. There is a great deal of variety in the types and styles of treadmills available today, so find one that’s right for you and your home at Treadmill Trends. If the whole family uses it, then you’re saving lots of time and money by not having to make those trips to the gym.
Using the right technology for the right reasons
If you’re anything like the 1.5 billion other Facebook users out there, chances are there’s a very simple way for you to stop wasting your time (and everyone else’s). There is a place and a time for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. in our lives, it’s just not everywhere and all the time. The same goes for surfing the internet. You have such a powerful tool at your fingertips that once you’ve used it to save time, you can’t resist wasting it.
Let’s say you needed to find out how to de-flea a cat. Turn on the computer, make a quick search and you’ve got your answer. This is something that could potentially have taken a much longer time a generation ago. You might have had to find someone who had actually done it themselves and have them draw graphic illustrations for you. Thanks to the internet, you got all this information and more in mere seconds. So then you promptly turned off your computer and set about getting rid of your cat’s fleas. Right? Of course not. You spent another hour looking at cute pictures of cats, different breeds of cat, tigers, lions, videos of lions attacking humans and reading how to join the circus. You have to learn some self-discipline. Learn when to stop!
Whatever happens, if you do find yourself wasting time, don’t beat yourself up too much about it. Just move on and do something that is not wasteful. After all, time spent worrying about wasted time, is wasted time.