In recent years, being too busy to breathe has become an unmistakable badge of honour in many Western societies, according to an article in theHarvard Business Review. It’s quite common for people to humblebrag that they don’t have a minute to themselves.
Everyone wants to work smarter, faster and be more productive but at the end of the day we only have so much time and busyness prevails. Although we can’t change the number of hours in a day, we can fill them more efficiently, with less stress and mental effort.
Here are 5 tips to save more time during the week:
#1 Avoid traffic or use traffic
While sitting in traffic feels like nothing but a royal waste of your precious time, why not use the time to become smarter, more motivated, or even stronger? In this fast-paced world, people often don’t have time to read as much as they’d like so listening to a podcast or an audiobook is a good way of passing time in traffic, according to Good Housekeeping.
You can even do a mini-workout during your commute. Depending on what your mode of transport is, you can do everything from steering wheel push ups at a red light to lunges and leg raises in the train.
#2 Don’t be afraid of technology
We all have smartphones, so use them to save time. If you are out of the office and receive an email that you can easily address on the spot, it eliminates wasted time when you get back to the office.
Embrace tech tools like Bluetooth for phone calls so that you can multi-task without having to break your neck in an attempt to clench your phone to your ear hands-free. With the rise of e-commerce, you can also save loads of time through shopping online instead of running to the store.
#3 Exercise straight after or before work
Save time by packing your gym bag as part of your day at work. Whether you exercise before or after work, at least you’ll know then that you’re ready and get active whenever time allows it. Exercising before work can, however, make the rest of your day even more productive.
“When we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain,” Justin Rhodes, associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign writes in Scientific American. “More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.”
#4 Stay organised
Jonathan Long, founder of Uber Brands, writes in Entrepreneur magazine that if you have tasks that require your attention each week, stick to a schedule. “Rather than scrambling to find time to get it done, establish a designated time and stick to it,” he writes.
While organising tasks is important, so is organising your stuff. In a Lost and Found survey conducted by Pixie Technology Inc, it was found that the average American spends 2.5 days each year looking for lost items. Save time by keeping your things in place.
#5 Know when to spend money and when to spend time
“Time is money, and money is time.” That’s the central lesson of Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin’s personal-finance classic Your Money or Your Life. “Money is something we choose to trade our life energy for,” they write. As twisted as it may seem, money can buy time in some ways. Distinguish when you want to spend your money and when you want to spend your time.
The easiest way to figure out its worth is to take your total annual income and divide it by 2,000, the number of hours in a standard work year (based on a 40-hour week). If this hourly wage is greater than the cost to pay somebody else to handle a particular task for you, pay somebody else. If not, do it yourself.
This post is sponsored by Volkswagen Touareg and produced by BrandStudio24.