Time is Money: Learn to Stop Wasting Time
I often spend hours with friends, bemoaning all I need to do, and how little time I have to do it — not realizing (at least in the moment) that we waste A LOT of time simply thinking about what we need to do, and plotting what we should do, rather than *just doing it*.
Peter F. Drucker once said, “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it’s managed nothing else can be managed.”
While it can feel like we never have enough of it, we all waste time. So here are some tips and resources for protecting one of your most valuable assets.
Avoid Addictive Websites – How many times have you logged on to Facebook for a “quick look” only to have two hours of life disappear? That’s where Keepmeout.com can help you cut down on the time you spend on addictive websites. Ask Keepmeout! To warn you if you go to a certain website more than once within a set amount of time. It’s a free service that will keep you accountable.
Spend Less Time Looking for Lost Stuff – Add up all the time spent looking for lost stuff and you’d probably be amazed how much time is wasted. Get free help finding your cell phone with Wheresmycellphone.com. Just plug in your number and listen for the ring. Also, TurlyTag.com is a new resource for helping you keep tabs on your most special belongings. It’s a tag that you can attach to just about anything so that if it’s lost, the finder knows how to return it. And the quicker the item is back in your hands the less time you’ll waste looking for it.
Compare Prices with One Click – Comparison shopping can be tedious. But Boo.ly helps you find out if you’re getting the best price possible on just about anything. It’s a free browser add-on that provides real-time price comparisons and coupon codes in moments.
Never Wait on Hold Again – Another annoying time suck is waiting on hold. Whether it’s with your bank, cable provider or technical support LucyPhone.com is a free service ensuring you never have to wait on hold again. Simply search for a company or enter a toll-free number, let Lucy know where you can be reached and they’ll alert you when the call is ready. It’s like having a free personal assistant.
Manage Your To-Do List Online – To-do lists aren’t much good if you lose them. Keep your to-do list someplace where you can always find it: online. With RemembertheMilk.com you’ll be able to manage your tasks and your time from anywhere. Set up email or IM reminders, access it from your phone and integrate it with Google Calendar.
The more deliberate you are about how you spend your time the less of it you’re likely to waste!