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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Seven Simple Ways To Save Time

Every day has exactly 1,440 minutes in it. Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company, run your own small business or are an independent freelancer, the way you spend those minutes helps or hinders the goals you want to achieve.

Nicolas Soergel, author of the new book Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day (Happy About, 2009) says anyone can create extra time in their life by increasing their efficiency. “If you can save one minute, 60 times a day, you can gain the extra hour needed to make your dreams happen,” says Soergel.

Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day offers over 300 easy to implement, time saving tips. Here are just seven of Soergel’s ‘quick win’ time savers.

1. Don’t ride the escalator – walk it
The next time you find yourself on an escalator – walk up it’s stairs instead of standing still for the ride. You’ll gain an extra minute at least and boost your heart health at the same time.

2. Be the first patient on the books
Doctors are notorious for running behind schedule – especially during the later part of the day. Avoid getting delayed at the doctor’s office by booking the first appointment in the morning.

3. Wear your oldest pair of shoes when buying new ones
Why bother bringing home you’re old pair of clunkers, when you have just bought a shiny new pair of shoes. The solution is to wear your old shoes into the store and put on your new ones on your way out. Ask the sales folks to dispose of your old pair.

4. Reduce your storage space
Common wisdom says that to reduce clutter, you should increase your amount of storage space. While this sounds logical we all know that an empty space is an invitation for more stuff. Instead try reducing your storage space. Each time you dispose of a storage element (a shelf, drawer etc.) go through the items stored there and dispose of everything you no longer use.

5. Change your sleep schedule
By adapting your sleep patterns you can easily can gain up to 15 minutes each day. Here’s how: Begin by reducing the amount of time you sleep by 5 minutes every day – either by going to bed a few minutes later or waking up a few minutes earlier. Every few days decrease the amount of time you sleep by 5 minutes, until you are comfortably up to 15 minutes total.

6. Just say no to giveaways
Most of us are regularly offered giveaways that we don’t need; do not add any value to our life, and end up taking up space to store and time to sort and clean. One solution is to not take them in the first place. So, the next time the lady at the perfume counter offers you a sample simply say ‘no thanks’ and walk away.

7. Don’t clean, tidy up
Cleaning and tidying up are two different tasks that require different equipment, time commitments and even cleaning supplies. In order to clean, you first have to tidy up the clutter. To keep your home and office organized tidy up each day and clean once a week.

About the Author
Nicolas Soergel, is the author of Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day. As the CEO of a multi-national corporation, he had the opportunity to interview successful executives all over the world about how they manage their time. His book help readers save time negotiating various aspects of their lives, including working, traveling, and housekeeping. Buy the book on Amazon or visit his blog.

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