Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Are Your Days Evil? Two Life Hacks to the Rescue

If you work for yourself, you know there are never enough hours in the day to do all you want to do to grow your business.

Your most precious non-renewable resource is time.

As Paul wrote to the congregation at Ephesus, "Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is" - Ephesians 5:15-17

Ever feel guilty -- even evil? -- for wasting precious working hours surfing mindless web sites, sending personal email, chatting with friends, or just plain goofing off, when you should have been building your business?

We all have.

In addition to costing you thousands of dollars in lost productivity, wasting time is a kind of suicide. Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."

Okay, okay. You probably feel pretty rotten now.


How about if I show you two ways to recapture lost time, so you have more time to grow your business, do God's work, and support your family?

In high-tech parlance, the following suggestions are called, "life hacks."

I call them "life savers." Because reclaiming lost/wasted time gives you more life ...

1) This one is easy. Check email one less time every day to save 30+ minutes of reacting to other people's crises. Multiply 30 minutes by 6 days a week, times 50 weeks, and you save 150 hours a year.

Life saved: 6.25 days per year -- more than one full working week.

2) This one is weird. If you brush your teeth in the shower while waiting for the water to warm up, instead of doing it separately, you save 1 minute per day, 365 minutes per year.

Life saved: 6.08 hours per year -- nearly one full working day.

What will you do with the hours and days you save with those two life hacks?

Please comment below, and share your own tips for making the most of your time each day.

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