10 Easy Ways To Save 10 Minutes

Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if there were 25 hours in the day instead of 24? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I could get everything done on my list if I had just one more hour. I find that I’m just getting into that fantastic sense of flow when I have to jump up and go to work, or when I suddenly realize that it’s 9pm and if I don’t turn off the computer STAT then I’m not going to wind down and sleep properly. An extra hour would be perfect on either of those occasions, but to be honest I’d take it any old time! Wouldn’t you?

Of course the truth is that whatever you have set yourself to do on a given day, week or month will inevitably expand to fill whatever time you’ve allocated for it. I know, it sucks. Mainly because acknowledging this to be true means that you also must admit that actually, time is not the enemy. And actually, you do have the power to make time work for you. This is a good thing, of course, but admitting to it can be a little daunting in that it kinda makes you realize it’s time to man up and stop running around like a headless chook trying to do 25 things at once and actually accomplishing little that’s truly important. Or is that just me?

Anyway, I can’t give you an extra hour in your day, but I can give you 10 easy ways to save 10 minutes. Personally I don’t do each of these things each and every day, but even if you did each of them once a week you’d save 100 minutes. Which is nothing to turn your nose up at, is it?

  1. Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier than the earliest time you actually think you should get up. This allows you to enjoy guilt-free snoozing and still get up before you usually might
  2. Prepare your breakfast and lunch the night before
  3. Chop dinner-time veggies in the morning. Remember that the perception of saving time is just as relieving as the reality. Some would say perception is reality!
  4. Break projects down into bite-sized chunks. This will force you to work quickly; efficiently. As an example, here is a great article on writing an e-book in 13 easy steps.
  5. Use an online timer like www.ticktocktimer.com. I find it really motivating to work against the clock for an ‘achievable’ amount of time like 25 minutes, and this free timer has a most satisfying gong at the end of the countdown.
  6. Cut out rest time in your gym workout. Socialising or looking around the gym might be pleasant, but it’s not getting you anywhere.
  7. Meet a friend at the farmers market on the weekend rather than splitting grocery shopping and social occasions into 2 separate tasks
  8. Insist on a meeting agenda before attending any workplace gatherings. Be firm on sticking to the agenda.
  9. Refuse to engage in email and social media until you’ve spent at least 25 minutes on your important project for the day – that way if you get nothing else done you’ll go to bed happy
  10. If you drive to work then consider changing your work hours to reflect lower traffic periods. Use this principle where relevant when it comes to other driving errands you have.

How about you? Do you have a tip that you can share to save 10 minutes? 10 more tips and we’d all have over 3 more hours each in the week! Hmmmm, maybe we can get to 25 hours a day after all ….

Kat Eden is a personal trainer, nutritional coach and blogger from Melbourne, Australia. She has 1 minute and 10 seconds left on her countdown for writing this post so really can’t tell you anything else about herself, but you can connect with her over at www.bodyincredible.com


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6 Responses to “ 10 Easy Ways To Save 10 Minutes ”

  1. Darin says:

    If you are going to watch TV – Use a DVR or watch on HULU or Netflix. Cutting out the commercials on a 1 hour long show actually makes the show about 42 minutes long.

    Many times a phone call will save a bunch of time of email back and forth. Just pick up the call and get the meeting schedule, resolve the issue or clarify the communication.

  2. Kat Eden says:

    Darin, that’s a great point about phone calls. I’m a sucker for email as I tend to perceive it saves effort, but I think you’re right!

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