Time is our most precious resource, the most valuable thing we possess. We all want it, and yet we use it so poorly.
We’re used to the hectic life we’re leading, and always find excuses like ‘I don’t have time.’ The truth is that it’s all we have, and although it’s limited, if used wisely it’s more than enough.
Time is actually what you make of it. Do things you love, enjoy each moment, smile and laugh, spend time with your family, set and achieve goals, and you will never waste a moment in your life.
Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. Productivity is a huge problem these days and with all the tasks we have to do, there’s just no time for us.
How to Save Time by Doing Less
1. Stop planning.
You can plan for weeks and never make the first step and do something to make these plans a reality. It’s a waste of time and most of the times things turn out in a completely different way.
Simplicity denies making plans because the future is so uncertain, we can’t be prepared for what’s going to happen. And instead of expecting, worrying and stressing over the future, we should live now by focusing on the present moment.
2. Do one thing at a time.
Multitasking is killing us. We can’t focus on more than one thing and the result is always bad.
By trying to do many things at once with the idea of saving time, you actually get nothing done properly. So you need to do them all over again.
But if you really concentrate on your current activity, you’ll be done in no time.
3. Eliminate the unimportant tasks.
Most of the things on our to-do list are not essential. Nothing will happen even if we don’t complete them.
Identify the things you do that bring you best results and help you and others in some way and eliminate the rest.
4. Get rid of distractions.
We spend too much time doing one thing because we can’t focus. The reasons are many – having too many browser windows open, the TV is on, people coming in the room, we receive notifications on the phone all the time, emails, etc.
Only when you eliminate all these distractions while you’re working, will you have great results and save time.
5. Stop complaining and worrying.
You waste so much more time in complaining and worrying about the things you have to do than you spend in doing them.
Overanalyzing won’t change the fact that something needs to get done, worrying about not having enough time or failing won’t save you time.
The only thing you can do is to just take an action.
6. Have less possessions.
Throw away most of the belongings you haven’t used in the last 6 months. You don’t need them, they just take space in your life and are another thing to take care of.
Also, that means buying less. That equals more time and money and less problems.
7. Let others do some of the stuff.
No one said that you should do it all. Don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable to share the work with your family, colleagues or friends.
8. Set your limit.
There will always be something else that needs to be done. That’s why you need to set some limits.
Think of a number of hours and promise yourself to stop working after that even if you haven’t finished. Or work fewer days in the week.
9. Change your habits.
In order to live a simpler life and have more freedom and time, you’ll need to make changes in your lifestyle.
If you get up earlier, for example, you’ll have more time. You can do some stuff in the morning and then have free time.
By doing less you not only save time, but also have more energy, become happier and more peaceful, enjoy your life and people around you see that and you affect their level of joy as well.
This topic was inspired by another post (you can read it here) in which you can find more tips on how to save time by doing less.
If you have any other suggestions and time-saving tips, share them in the comments below.
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