Lifehacker is constantly testing new and unusual ways to get things done faster - from the "It Follows" horror movie method to the tried and tested Pomodoro Technique. Sometimes though, all you really need in your life is some basic time-management advice. Here are 26 tricks that will help you get back on top of your life and work schedule.
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We spend a lot of energy looking for shortcuts to save time, and sure, those shortcuts add up. But when I look back, my biggest time regrets aren't spending too much time on Twitter or mismanaging my daily tasks. Those are bad habits, but there are bigger, more systematic time wasters that have really gotten in the way. Fixing these will free up a massive amount of time and energy.
Wrapping up the work week on a beautiful summer day sometimes feels like a slog, and for good reason. The days are hotter, you aren't getting much done, and your weekend plans are getting closer by the minute. It might sound inefficient, but the increasingly popular early dismissal "Summer Fridays" work perk benefits not only you, but your employer as well. You'll get more time for yourself, your boss gets better work from you, and everyone gets to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
Stuck on a packed subway with no room to wrangle an actual book, I'll often pull out my smartphone to catch up on articles I've saved in my Pocket reading app. Unfortunately, being unsure whether it's a 400 or 14,000-word article means that fate dictates whether or not I finish what I'm reading before I'm off the train and walking to work.
We've all done it. Thrown ourselves onto the couch, phone in hand, determined to like only a few Instagram pictures of dogs in backpacks and inspirational calligraphy work. Three hours later, you realise you've done nothing but make yourself feel a little bit sadder (your calligraphy work is just fine, by the way). You're able to track the time you spend on your computer pretty easily thanks to a host of time management apps, but not many exist for your iPhone, mostly for security reasons.
People are always telling you how to maximise your mornings, but your morning routine -- whatever it may be -- is fine. What you really need is an afternoon routine.
Calculating the value of your time can be useful for making money decisions, like how long it will take you to pay for that new gadget you want -- but there's a downside to it, too. Turns out, the old "time is money" adage can stress you out.
For some reason, I'm able to get my work done quicker and more efficiently if I'm on a tight deadline. If I'm writing a blog post, for example, the words seem to flow faster and more easily when I know I only have a couple of hours to turn it in. Entrepreneur Dan Martell calls this a "forcing function" and explains how you can use it to your advantage.
I don't know about you, but my world has been a little more stressful since... say, last November. Even without the continuous news updates -- and the time I spend reading them, along with the various Twitter threads that try to game theorise them -- I've got a lot to manage and balance in my life: I work part-time as an editor, my debut novel comes out this May, I'm completing assignments for a number of freelance writing clients, I teach writing classes and I'm a volunteer tutor. (And that's just the work stuff.)
You've been putting off reading that book for weeks, and you're supposed to have read it all by tomorrow. Whether you're cramming for school, or trying to avoid looking like a lazy bum in your book club, don't lose hope. You can power through that tome without forgetting everything and coming away with nothing.
It’s a common story, one day you’re training five days a week, rising through the belt ranks and hitting a new tier of skill and fitness every other month. The next, you’re getting barely any sleep and merely making it through the day is nigh impossible. But there are some things you can do to avoid quitting altogether.