Everyone starts with the same number of hours each day, and yet some people seem to do more with their time than others. How does this happen? They use practical life hacks for saving a little time, here and there, and pretty soon they’re finished and chillin’!
You can too. Here are five life hacks to put more time back in your pocket.
While there’s nothing wrong with a little gossiping during the day, idle chit chat with friends and co-workers can waste hours, if you let it. Here are some tactics to help you curtail the chatter.
- Always wear your headphones. You don’t have to listen to music, but it will discourage people from approaching you.
- Don’t read your email first thing in the day and don’t read it in the evening. Try to do it only 3 times a day: at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- Same thing for phone calls. Don’t be always available. Keep it on “silent” and return calls in batches.
Preparing dinner for yourself or your family can easily consume an hour every night. That’s seven hours each week that you don’t have time to do ANYTHING else, including chillin’. Using a delivery service such as MenuRunners two or three nights a week allows you to get hot, delicious food from places like Chili’s, Dickey’s Barbeque, Firehouse Subs, Miguel’s, and many more.
#3 Clean Your Crib
No one in their right mind enjoys cleaning their house, apartment or dorm room. It’s boring, often disgusting and a huge time suck! Here are some brilliant nuggets of wisdom about this chore from Expert Home Tips.
- Pour a bottle of flat cola down the toilet and leave to settle for a few hours. Flush it down and give it a quick scrub. Viola’ no more truck stop toilet!
- Spruce up fabric sofas, chairs and even mattresses by sprinkling them with a little baking soda. Leave for a few minutes then vacuum thoroughly.
- Use your dishwasher to clean more than just plates. You can give plastic combs and brushes a good clean, as well as small plastic toys and the salad drawers from your fridge.
#4 Work and Study Smart
Most of your day is spent either working or studying (or both). Here are some life hacks from Grammarly to save some time.
- Keep track of your time. By measuring it, you can evaluate whether you’re spending it wisely. Focus on your time-wasters one by one.
- Do one thing at a time. Some experts suggest that multitasking can cost you 40 percent of your productivity. You may think you’re doing two activities simultaneously, but you’re actually switching rapidly from one activity to another, wasting few seconds each time.
- Avoid unnecessary meetings because they waste a LOT of time.
- Finish what’s almost done. To continue an ongoing project, you must review what you already accomplished, get out all your tools, and decide what you will do next. If it’s almost done, finish it.
- Say no. It’s difficult to tell fellow students and work colleagues that you don’t have time to help them, but it’s necessary. Once they realize that you respectfully decline requests that cut into your personal or work time, they’ll stop asking.
#5 Travel Tout Suite!
College students and Air Force personnel travel a great deal. Here are some tips to speed up those trips.
- Compare flights by using a website such as SkyScanner.net instead of comparing all of the airlines.
- Decorate your luggage. This will allow your suitcases to stand out at the airport luggage carousel.
- Do it yourself. Use the airline’s online check-in. Ditto for self-service check-in kiosks or automatic bag drop-offs.
- Wear your luggage! If you’re flying on a budget airline, avoid luggage hold charges and delays at baggage reclaim by packing everything you need into hand luggage.