There are a bajillion posts out there on saving money. The more money you save, the more money you have for things you want, like retiring early or that extra vacation.
But if time is money, what about time? How can we optimize our lives so we can be saving time, and as a result money?
Take it from me, there never seems to be enough time in the day. I have a full-time job, a husband and 2 kids that need my full attention. I would love to have more time to either spend with my kids, invest in my blogging or visit family.
24 hours is just not enough.
And yet, I’ve been able to invest at least 5–10 hours a week towards my blog and 6 hours a week of tutoring towards my six year old daughter. How am I able to make the time?
The key is to cut out all the extras, the things that are being sold to you so you spend time on them.
Here Is How You Can Save Tons Of Hours Out Of Your Week:
Commuting can be a huge time sucker. The average American spends over 100 hours a year just on their commute. What can you do in 100 hours?
I’ve always had a long commute. When you live in metro NYC area, all the jobs are in NYC so it’s impossible to avoid a commute. And living near work in prime NYC real estate is just outrageously expensive.
So right now I have a commute that’s about 15 hours a week. That’s right, I commute 3 hours a day and about 1.5 hours each way!
Cutting down my commute if I worked 20 minutes from home would save me 12+ hours a week.
Unfortunately I can’t just quit and find something more comparable in the suburbs so I make my commute efficient by writing posts while I’m on the bus to and from work. If you’re using public transit, it’s a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by commuting and working or studying at the same time.
Commuting is a necessary evil, but you can optimize it by cutting the time down or multi-tasking during your trip on public transit.
We all know what a waste social media is. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. All the big tech companies are making you spend, not your money, but your time. They want to sell you content to consume.
Most people can look at their Screentime App and see that they’re spending hours a day just checking their Facebook or Instagram. Some are spending hours arguing with strangers on Twitter. And others are spending time watching puppies and babies on YouTube.
We’re talking about people out there spending 20+ hours on social media a week. Scrolling and swiping and liking, all damned day long.
And I guess it’s not my place to tell people how to spend their time, but wouldn’t you be able to do sooo much more without all that mindless chatter on your phone?
The only people who should be committing 10+ hours a week on social media are people building a brand and/or business from it.
By cutting back on the social media access, most people can easily save 10 hours a week.
This kind of ties into social media but online games are a huge time sucker-for no reason. Games like Fortnite, Candy Crush, The Sims, Words With Friends, etc.
My favorite is Candy Crush, I’m on level 825. As you can see, I’ve spent TOO many hours on this.
What have I gained from making sure all the jellies and candies matched? Nothing.
It’s a huge, huge, huge time sucker and, again, these gaming companies are giving you free games in exchange for adspace and $1.99 power ups.
The only games I want to move up in life are the money games and power moves. Cut the games, and you’ll get your life back.
This one is stealthy. Everyone and their mother has an email. And we spend too much time checking, giving out, organizing and even writing emails.
This is a huge issue at work. I get literally 100 emails a day from various people asking about this and that.
I was able to organize my emails tab so that all the spam went directly in the trash. I don’t have to spend any time looking at them. I’ve also set up my email so there are rules; certain emails will go into certain folders, so it’s easier to follow up.
Making a simple phone call can easily save you time spent on a bunch of back and forth emails. Calling is so much clearer for sorting out details since the back and forth of the conversation happens instantaneously. Emailing complex details can take hours as you wait for the other person to get back to you, reading their response and writing back.
Learning how to use email effectively will cut back on the work you have.
If only there was more time in the day, but chores are a majority of what adulthood consists of, unfortunately. Even with the high tech Roombas, washing machines and dishwashers, chores take up a lot of time.
Thankfully, there are services you can pay for to help save some time. Things like laundering, dry cleaning, housekeeping services, and gardeners can really make your life so much easier.
I know what your thinking, I don’t have money for that!
You can just choose one thing that you hate doing for chores and outsource it! Whether it’s to clean the bathrooms in the house or to have the gardeners mow two times a month or give 10 lbs. of laundry to the cleaners, you can definitely keep your spending under $50 and save an hour a week.
The OG of time wasters. As I’m writing this I’m watching “America’s Got Talent” and as great as that show is, it’s still a waste of time since I haven’t been able to post this.
According to Wikipedia, the average person spends nearly 4 hours watching TV a day!
That’s too much time. That’s literally the time when you come home from work to the time you go to bed, you’re glued to the TV. You can literally spend that time playing with your kids or starting a business.
4 hours a day is equivalent to 28 hours a week, 120 hours in a month or 1460 hours a year!
That’s just crazy!
And with unlimited shows and channels with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and regular cable, the options are endless.
But at the end of the day, we need to realize that TV doesn’t really give much back.
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Our time is so precious, so it’s insane that we would spend hours upon hours on our commutes, phones for social media and online games, emails, TV and chores.
It’s all so mindless, and yet we engage in things that really bring no value to our lives.
Imagine if you were able to cut back 20 hours a week, or 3 hours a day to devote to a 2nd business? You could literally retire early 10 years!
By cutting out a majority of these time wasters, you can get so much of your life back. And in my opinion, time is worth so much more than money.
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