9 Practical Ways to Save Time by Doing Less

Practical Ways to Save Time by Doing Less, Let's Reach Success

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.

Then, as with every other complicated thing in our lives, we should simplify. We do that by eliminating what’s excess, and choosing less over more.

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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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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