Imagine having the all the time you need to do everything you want.
Pretty sweet right?
The reality is that at one point in your life you said “I don’t have enough time to do XYZ” or “I which I had time to do XYZ.”
Sadly you can read great books like Getting Things Done, and the Promodoro system and you still end up with a masive todo list, a lot of things in your plate and wishing you had more time for your family, vacation, and other things you want to do.
What would you do with your free time if starting today you gain 700 hours per year?
- Spend more time with your loved ones?
- Go on a mini-vacation?
- Watch TV?
- Start a new business?
- Read a book?
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To get you there, here are
19 Things you can do to time hack your life
- Shop online – Have more time when you do go to the store to buy clothing
- Watch TV – Easily make your TV time productive
- Send short emails – Make your emails short to be more productive
- Use email templates – Unique email templates will make you a productivity ninja
- Use Unroll.me – Automatically clean up your inbox to save time
- Use the 10 second rule
- Capture everything that matters in one central place
- Use FancyHands
- Auto broadcast your blog post
- Automatically follow-up with your leads
- Respond to your email in batches
- Shut off pointless alerts
- Automate a few tasks with Zapier
- Automate more tasks with ifttt.com
- Use Bufferapp
- Learn new words daily
- Use Google Alerts
- Save and Subscribe on Amazon
Have more time when you do go to the store to buy clothing
Driving the store to buy clothing takes time plus gas money.
Why not have a professional stylist send you hand picked clothing to your door steps. It’s all about saving time, money, convenience and style delivered right to your doorstep.
Two services you can use to have your new clothing send directly to you home are.
Easily make your TV time productive
Even if you only watch the news other “experts” will tell you that you should stop watching TV. Because there are more important things you should be doing besides watching TV even if is for 30 minutes.
If you need to relax or release your stress, go for a run, exercise, spend some time outside with your family, go for a walk, or even listen to an audio book. But if you must still want to watch TV, take your laptop or tablet to the couch and do a few task that do not require much thinking.
These tasks could be:
- Curate and post your top performing social media updates
- Inbox zero your email inbox
- Reply to comments, mentions, or social media replies
The point is; you can do small tasks while watching TV or you can improve your knowledge by listening to an audio book or improve your mental or physical health by exercising for at least 30 minutes.
Unique email templates will make you a productivity ninja
If you find yourself writing the same email more than once you need to create an email template.
Email templates can be used and quickly modified for follow-ups, asking for a meeting, promoting your business, thank you email after a meeting, or asking for an introduction.
Using email templates will help you supercharge your best email habits and also they will:
- Rapidly save your time.
- Massively reduce your stress and anxiety.
- Increased time with wife, family, and friends.
Make your emails short to be more productive
Think of how much time you spend writing emails, and most of them you put an “extra” touch.
You do this because these emails must sound professional, but you end up writing a big and obnoxious paragraph and it turns off the recipient. Providing the opposite effect you intended.
Keeping all of your emails short and to the point not only will save you a ton of time but also you will be saving a lot of time to the person receiving this email.
Use the following framework to quickly get to the point.
[This is what I have] + [This is what it will do for you] + [This is what I want you to do next]
Automatically clean up your inbox to save time
One reason to love Unroll.me is because instead of receiving hundreds of emails throughout the day you receive one email. Once a day. All your subscriptions.
This feature helps you minimize you distractions and email temptations.
As of now it only works with Outlook.com (including Hotmail, MSN, & Windows Live), Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud.
Multitasking is terrible for your focus and productivity, and it makes you more prone to errors, and can even cause you stress.
If you must do more than one thing at the time, make sure that one task don’t require any thinking. Otherwise, you will be wasting time.
The 10 second rule
Robert Plank said “If it takes you longer than ten seconds to make a decision, you are wasting yours and my time and I will make the decision for you”
Even if you are not one of those people who takes forever to make a decision, this hack can change your life.
Capture everything that matters
Capture everything that matters in one central place if you keep unresolved tasks, things you have to do, people you are waiting on, commitments, etc., it will cause you to get distracted.
Capturing all your ideas in a central place like Evernote will give you more mental space to think about bigger and better things.
Respond to your email in batches
Schedule time to read and respond to your emails. Use the inbox zero method to handle your emails instead of dealing with messages as they come in. This compartmentalizes email into a few chunks of time in your schedule.
Shut off pointless alerts
New alerts don’t cost you much time, but they cost you a ton of attention.
Every time a new alert comes in, you look at it because “it might be important”.
Each alert distracts you for a few seconds, and it takes you a –delete this up to a minute and half to get back into what you were doing. If you get 30 interruptions each day via alerts that is at least 30 minutes you are wasting.
Automate a few tasks with Zapier
Zapier.com lets web apps (Evernote, Dropbox, Gmail…) talk to each other.
Want to welcome your Twitter followers? Now you can
Want to receive a text message when your website goes down? Now you can
The good news is that you can automate most of your daily repetitive and boring tasks. Read this blog post (click here).
Your time is valuable. Don’t waste another second or dollar creating complicated integrations systems. Use Zapier to automate the apps you and your team are already using daily.
See the video
I have made a video where I go in detail about each and every single one of these 19-time hacks. Click below to get access to this video.