As a follow-up to my previous post, “How To Win Back 30+ Hours of Your Life Starting Today”, here’s 10 more ways to save five minutes a day, and thus 30+ hours of your life this year!
- Read the lite version of the news. I’ve never been great keeping up with current events, and to be honest, it has never hurt me in any way to not know about the latest crisis overseas or the breaking local news about people nobody knows. My favorite and only news source now is an email I get every other day by Need 2 Know. It’s a summary of all the latest and greatest current events that I can read in less than five minutes.
- Stop with the gossip. Gossip helps nobody, and especially not you when you could be doing other more productive things for yourself instead of worrying about other people’s lives.
- No more ironing. On top of the fact that I just hate irons, it’s a huge waste of time. I stopped buying clothes that requiring ironing after being washed. I can do without the frustration of never getting that collar perfectly pressed.
- Roll up your clothes in the dresser. By rolling up your clothes, you can put them in your drawer as though you are filing them, instead of piling them on top of each other. That way you can see everything in your drawer without having to dig through to find that t-shirt that’s always on the bottom.
- Schedule package pick-ups. I never wait in line at the post-office when I need to ship something. You can go to USPS.com and print out shipping labels and have them picked up from your doorstop without ever having to wait in line. It’s also cheaper to do it with online discounts!
- Take shorter showers. You can get everything cleaned in five minutes. I know some people who shower for half an hour! Not only are you wasting lots of water, you are wasting lots of time! I always put Pandora on while I’m in the shower and once I’ve sung one New Kids on the Block song, I know it’s time to get out!
- Take pictures of things you need to remember. Instead of copying things down with paper and pen, I simply snap a picture of them, whether it’s a phone number I need to remember, where I parked my car in a parking garage or something I need to buy at the grocery store.
- Put them in the dishwasher now. Don’t let anything stay in the sink. The longer you leave dishes, the more it will pile up, plus it will be harder to clean as food hardens.
- Keep an online calendar. I live and die by my Google calendar and so does AJ. We put anything and everything on our calendars so we can schedule appointments without having to check with the other person, and we know not to double book ourselves.
- Delete people you don’t keep in touch with anymore. Take some time at least once every year to go through your contacts and delete contacts you no longer need. I like to do this while I’m waiting, maybe at the doctor’s office, or for the next train to arrive. This keeps my list short enough to scroll through the people that are actually relevant in my life today.