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Six simple tips that can help you be more productive by ending all of that time wasting you do throughout the day. Try one or all six of these tips to waste less time and take your time back this year!
I still can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2016. So much happened this year, and I still have no idea where it went. I’ve already started planning out my goals for 2017 and one of them is to be more efficient and waste less time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I spend just pursuing social media with no purpose at all. And wandering from room to room in my house trying to figure out what it is that I was doing in that room in the first place.
Not happening in 2017. 2017 is going to the year of productivity. The year that I get on my computer to do something and actually do it, not think about it and do a million other things. The year that I waste less time on stupid things. And this is how.
Tips to Waste Less Time
Stop forgetting passwords.
Can I tell you how much time I waste trying to guess my password a million times and then when I can’t guess it, going through the process of resetting my password? And then sending said reset password to my VA to use for managing my social media accounts? It’s seriously ridiculous. I probably spend at least 30 minutes a week just resetting passwords. And 30 minutes a week is a good 26 hours a year – that’s an entire day I could get back each year if I could just remember my password.
One of my favorite websites ever is LastPass – a password manager that helps with this goal. I started using it with my VA about two years ago to give my VA access to my social media accounts without actually giving her my passwords. And then when I let my VA go, I could immediately revoke access so she couldn’t login to my accounts, even without changing my password. She never actually had my password in the first place, just access to my accounts via LastPass. Now all I have to do is create a password on a website, add it to the LastPass Vault, and it immediately stores it for me to use the next time. The only password you have to remember again is the one to get into LastPass itself.
This year I’m going to utilize all of the awesome LastPass features like using it to automatically fill in my passwords, auto-populate my credit card numbers for online shopping, and using it as a place to store important details like pin numbers, WiFi passwords, and more. There’s even an app so if you can’t find your WiFi password when a friend comes to visit, it’s right there at your fingertips. And both the desktop and app are free, that’s a price you can’t beat! Get LastPass for Free.
Delete time suck apps.
Apps are a blessing and a curse. Apps like the LastPass app are incredibly convenient and help you simplify life. Apps like games, social media, and review sites can just suck up your time. Instead of sitting on my phone scrolling through social media while I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, I’m instead going to use even those few minutes for productive things like adding things to my to-do list, responding to a quick email, or texting a friend to say hi.
Create a weekly plan.
One of the things I learned last year was that creating a weekly plan made the difference between wasting time thinking about getting things done and actually getting things done. When we moved to Texas in August and our routines completely changed, I stopped doing the weekly plans, and I’ve missed them immensely. In 2017, I’m going to start making a plan each week again.
I can’t promise I’ll stick to the plan, but having one will at least point me in the right direction when I start going into that what am I supposed to be doing black hole.
I love the feeling of a paper planner. I love writing to-do lists in a notebook and physically crossing them off. And I love having a physical calendar that I can look at and visually see what’s coming up. But I live online, and my scheduling and planning life needs to live online where I am.
In 2017 I’m tossing the paper planner in favorite of an online spreadsheet. I’m donating the big dry erase calendar in favor of an electric calendar that synchs to my phone and my husband’s phone. And I’m using a to-do list app that works on my desktop and my phone. I’m going digital, so I can’t stop wasting time writing things down by hand five different times. Or rewriting my to-do list because half of it is crossed out. And look how pretty my digital calendar is without me needing to have 25 different colored pens.
This may just be a blogging thing, but I’m willing to bet it’s not. At any given point, I have 15-20 internet tabs open, all going to different websites. All pointing to things that I’m supposed to be doing, that I started doing and didn’t finish, or that I am currently working on. Typically I’m only actually currently working on 2-3 of them and the rest fall into the former categories, meaning they’re just sitting there taunting me with work that needs to be done. Case in point, my browser right now.
In 2017 one of my goals is to finish what I’m working on a close the tab before moving onto something else. And to not have a million tabs open screaming at me to hop over and check out the new email that just came in or to respond to the Facebook message someone just sent me. Instead of opening a new tab, I’m going to add things to my digital to-do list and do them when I finish whatever I’m currently working on.
Pick things up.
I spend so much time looking for things – my cell phone, my keys, my son’s coat, you name it. And most often it’s because they’re hiding under some pile of papers I threw on the counter or in the crevice of the couch where I sat down as soon as I walked in the house. Much like my 15-20 open tabs, I feel like I always have 15-20 piles of stuff all over the house. Piles that distract me, piles that hide things I’m looking for, and piles that take away from my focus because I feel the need to pick them up.
So just like closing my tabs, I’m going to close out my real tabs as well. When I finish a project, I’m going to put things away. When I finish cooking dinner, I’m going to do the dishes while I watch TV, not after I watch. And when I walk in the door, I’m going to hang up those things I lose most so I don’t have to waste my precious time looking for them.
We all wish there was more time in the day and with these simple tips, there really can be. What’s fyour best tip for not wasting as much time during the day?