9 Practical Ways to Save Time by Doing Less

Time is our most precious resource, the most valuable thing we possess. We all want it, and yet we use it so poorly.

We’re used to the hectic life we’re leading, and always find excuses like ‘I don’t have time.’ The truth is that it’s all we have, and although it’s limited, if used wisely it’s more than enough.

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Time is actually what you make of it. Do things you love, enjoy each moment, smile and laugh, spend time with your family, set and achieve goals, and you will never waste a moment in your life.

Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. Productivity is a huge problem these days and with all the tasks we have to do, there’s just no time for us.

Then, as with every other complicated thing in our lives, we should simplify. We do that by eliminating what’s excess, and choosing less over more.

How to Save Time by Doing Less

1. Stop planning.

You can plan for weeks and never make the first step and do something to make these plans a reality. It’s a waste of time and most of the times things turn out in a completely different way.

Simplicity denies making plans because the future is so uncertain, we can’t be prepared for what’s going to happen. And instead of expecting, worrying and stressing over the future, we should live now by focusing on the present moment.

2. Do one thing at a time.

Multitasking is killing us. We can’t focus on more than one thing and the result is always bad.

By trying to do many things at once with the idea of saving time, you actually get nothing done properly. So you need to do them all over again.
But if you really concentrate on your current activity, you’ll be done in no time.

3. Eliminate the unimportant tasks.

Most of the things on our to-do list are not essential. Nothing will happen even if we don’t complete them.

Identify the things you do that bring you best results and help you and others in some way and eliminate the rest.

4. Get rid of distractions.

We spend too much time doing one thing because we can’t focus. The reasons are many – having too many browser windows open, the TV is on, people coming in the room, we receive notifications on the phone all the time, emails, etc.

Only when you eliminate all these distractions while you’re working, will you have great results and save time.

5. Stop complaining and worrying.

You waste so much more time in complaining and worrying about the things you have to do than you spend in doing them.

Overanalyzing won’t change the fact that something needs to get done, worrying about not having enough time or failing won’t save you time.

The only thing you can do is to just take an action.

6. Have less possessions.

Throw away most of the belongings you haven’t used in the last 6 months. You don’t need them, they just take space in your life and are another thing to take care of.

Also, that means buying less. That equals more time and money and less problems.

7. Let others do some of the stuff.

No one said that you should do it all. Don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable to share the work with your family, colleagues or friends.

8. Set your limit.

There will always be something else that needs to be done. That’s why you need to set some limits.

Think of a number of hours and promise yourself to stop working after that even if you haven’t finished. Or work fewer days in the week.

9. Change your habits.

In order to live a simpler life and have more freedom and time, you’ll need to make changes in your lifestyle.

If you get up earlier, for example, you’ll have more time. You can do some stuff in the morning and then have free time.

By doing less you not only save time, but also have more energy, become happier and more peaceful, enjoy your life and people around you see that and you affect their level of joy as well.

This topic was inspired by another post (you can read it here) in which you can find more tips on how to save time by doing less.

If you have any other suggestions and time-saving tips, share them in the comments below.

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Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
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  1. great post i agree with 99% of it except (1) planing .
    i believe planing is the most important part of a project or a task one might set a strategic plan and have sub plans we can call tactical plans that are dynamic and changeable in in order to react to many variables we couldn’t foresee during the planing stage.
    furthermore, planing is where you do the risk management and the SWOT analysis which as we know are vital steps to success.
    Great post i like your writing style.
    Fais
    P.s if this topic was in regard to simple daily tasks 😛 burn my comment.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I knew that if someone would disagree with an item of the post it would be planning.
      Of course it’s important from the point of view you presented. But I’m speaking in a more minimalist way here.

      People tend to plan way too much and that often causes trouble as many unpredictable factors and circumstances occur, and they end up being disappointed. So sometimes plans and goals are not needed, we simply need to be confident in what we’re doing and make the first step.

      But as for business and important projects, what you say is absolutely true.

  2. You’re so right. I need to practice them especially the multitasking and let other do some of the stuff. I have to realize I’m not a super woman who can do everything and finish getting exhausted. I need to take care what is important for me.

  3. #7 is big. I signed the contract with publisher in July and suddenly I found a lot of time for many things while they did take care of editing, formatting, uploading on Amazon, keyword research, marketing and half a dozen other things.

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