“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
In terms of your to-do list: simple begets easy, easy begets accomplished, accomplished begets having time to do all of that other stuff you really wanted to do. Here are some ideas to get you started saving that most precious commodity: time.
1. Unsubscribe from junk emails.
It is easy to just hit the delete button, but that’s not solving the problem. Just scroll to the bottom of the email and look for the tiny tiny unsubscribe button. Save yourself the trouble of sifting through your junk box for an important email or switching addresses all together.
2. Set up automatic bill pay.
Living in small towns for the past 2 years has made me miss this one. Pay your bills on time all the time? Yes please. If you like to know the exact moment your bill gets paid, many companies offer email notifications when the payment is drafted.
3. Opt for electronic statements.
I feel like I’m getting more than just a bank statement nowadays. I’m getting envelopes, return envelopes, fliers, advertisements, oh my! Many banks are also starting to charge for paper statements. Save your space and money. Do it now.
4. Adopt the 4+ Text Rule.
A friend suggested this one recently and it really does save you time. If a text conversation requires more than 4 messages back and forth, just make the call. Consider how much extra time is added to the conversation when you factor in typing and waiting for responses.
5. Keep track of your budget automatically.
What’s the one thing that everyone’s worried about? Money, duh. Automate your budget and keep track of your spending using your computer. Oh, off the top of my head, there’s Quicken ($35), Mint.com (free), and your bank may even offer some sort of expense tracking tool like the one at USAA (free).
Article publié pour la première fois le 27/07/2010