5 Ways to Hack your Life & Become More Productive
Everyone can use more time in the day to do more meaningful work. If you can have an extra 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or even more time each day, what would you do with it?
Before answering that question, you should know that it is possible to add extra time to your day. Here are five hacks you can do to instantly get a few minutes to even hours of extra time a day to make your daily life more productive.
Hack Number 1: STOP checking your social network every 2-5 minutes.
It may seem unbelievable, but if you add up all the time an average person uses on social networks it accumulates to around 15-30 hours per month. That’s 30 minutes to an hour a day!
If you cut out social networks completely you would save anywhere from 180-360 hours per year. Just imagine: 360 hours adds up to 15 days! That’s a lot of wasted time that can be used elsewhere in your life.
Hack Number 2: Stop doing things at peak hours.
You and I both hate traffic, it takes up time and wastes gas. If you’re like me, then don’t go out at peak hours to run errands and pick up groceries. You can significantly rack up hours each month if you go out when everyone else is also out.
Instead, why not switch around some errands (or even your free time), depending on the time you need them done?
For example, if peak times to go out are around 5-7pm, and you have free time after 8pm, then go out and do your shopping at 8pm and do whatever you want to do when you have free time from 5-7pm.
By doing this, you will save yourself hours each month shopping at non-peak hours. You can then use those hours that would have been wasted in traffic to do more meaningful productive work.
Hack Number 3: Don’t say “yes” too often.
Helping others is always a nice thing to do, but when you always say yes to everyone, it will not only take up a lot of your time, it will also drain you of energy. Pretty soon, instead of being fulfilling, helping others will become a chore. Stop saying yes all the time. It’s okay to say no. Just tell them you have other things to do, even if you don’t actually have anything planned.
Relaxing and having time to yourself is actually pretty important, as it will help you recharge.
If you do help out others a lot in your life, then you should ask help from them when you need it. If they’re not willing to help you then don’t waste your time helping them. Conserve your energy for more deserving people. After all, what comes around goes around.
Hack Number 4: Stop multi-tasking.
At times, multi-tasking can seem like the best thing to do, especially when we have a lot of things on our plate. However, when it comes to being productive, multi-tasking isn’t part of the equation. If you run a business that has many things to be done then set aside the time for each one to be accomplished individually. What you don’t want to do is try to do all of them at once, because you will end up better than not doing them at all, quality-wise.
You want to be as productive as possible, and multi-tasking won’t do that. All multi-tasking does is make you feel like you are getting a lot done when in fact it’s just a big mess of you jumping from one task to another and ending up getting nothing done at all.
Hack Number 5: Stop watching so much TV.
Watching TV takes up so much of our lives it’s almost stupid to hear the numbers, but here they are. The average American watches five hours of TV a day. Yeah, it’s a lot! Over the course of one month that accumulates to 150 hours–that’s over 6 days each month wasted. And over the course of a year, it adds up to 75 days of TV. It almost seems unreal, how much time we waste in front of the TV.
However, statistics don’t lie. If you put all those hours into an average lifespan, it would add up to more than 16 years of just watching TV. Can you imagine watching TV for 16 years straight? That’s 16 years for every second of every day!
If you cut down on watching TV, you can add hours of more productive time back into your life. Heck, you can even add years! If you really want to utilize your time and be the most productive person you can be, sell your TV and never pick one up again. You can always make it a treat to go see a movie every once in a while. Watching 150 hours of TV each month is just as much time as a full-time job working 37½ hours each week. Watching less, or even better, having no TV at all, is the ultimate hack to having more productivity.
I hope these simple, but effective hacks can help you be more productive in your life and business.
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