Time Saving Services

Content Updated on January 9, 2008 Here are some awesome free services that can save you from wasting hours of your life. Free Services for Your Mobile Phone and Mobile Devices TellMe I started using TellMe back when it first came out (years ago), and it just kept getting better. Just call 1-800-555-TELL, and tell the system what you want. You can also check news, sports scores, weather, stocks quotes, and movie times. You can even get driving directions. If you don’t want to write it all down, you can tell it to send the information as a text message…

How to Stop Procrastinating

Content Updated on January 4, 2008 I’m a procrastinator, so I know how this song and dance goes. You’re supposed to be exercising, but you’ll do it later, right after you finish watching this show on TV. Oh wait, this next show is good too. And you really do need to finish reading these magazines that are piling up, so you can throw them in the recycling bin, which reminds you that you need to take out the trash. Besides, exercising only takes 30 minutes, and you still have 2 hours before you have to leave for work. You’ve got…

Other Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Shop when the stores are least crowded. During regular business hours 9am to 5pm and after 9pm are when most people are doing other things, like working or sleeping. Avoid shopping between 4pm and 8pm because that’s when everybody shops after they get off of work. Try to find a 24-hour store, so you can shop in the middle of the night if that fits your schedule best. Shop online or via catalog. The money you save in shipping costs are often worth the cost of your time. Shopping on the Internet is also great…

Telephone Time Savers

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Skip the phone books use your Internet directory. Just go to your favorite online phone directory and type in the name of the person or company you’re looking for. You’ll get any information that’s available in the phone book, plus things like maps to help you figure out where they are. Skip the yellow pages and use Tell Me when you travel. If you don’t have a cell phone with Internet access, try 1-800-555-TELL. It’s a wonderful system when you want to contact a travel company fast and free. You call it and it gives…

Routines for Starting Your Day

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Whether you wake up at 5:00 AM or 11:00 PM to start your day, you should have a “morning” routine to help you start your day off organized. Eat a healthy breakfast. (Don’t forget to feed the kids too.) Don’t skip this! Breakfast boosts your metabolism, gives you energy to get through the day, allows you to think better, and keeps you from nibbling on unhealthy snacks. (I like to eat breakfast in my pajamas.) Don’t forget your vitamins and medication. Watch or listen to the news or read the newspaper (from your doorstep or…

Managing Schedules

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Having a schedule is one of the most important parts of time management. Without a schedule, everything ends up in a chaotic mess of random activity. You already use a schedule mentally, figuring how long it will take you to get ready before you go out, when you’ll eat, when you’ll sleep, and so forth. If your life is moving along smoothly with a mental schedule, great! If you find yourself always running behind, forgetting things, getting backed-up or side-tracked, losing track of time, and so forth, you need to sit down and make a…

The Laws of Saving Time

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Have a place for everything, and keep everything in it’s place for quick retrieval. Looking for misplaced items is a huge waste of time. Avoid going through this by organizing your home, office, backpack, locker, … to ensure that everything has a place. Put everything into centers or stations (e.g. media center, household workstation, craft center, etc.), and put those centers where they will most likely be used (a craft center in your bedroom is useless if you do all of your crafts in the family room and tend to leave your projects and supplies…