There’s no denying that life gets busier by the day. There’s so much to remember and accomplish, that most of us struggle to find enough time in the day to finish everything. So, we present this article: 15 small ideas that could shave seconds off your day. At most, we calculate that you could save 107 minutes per day by implementing each of these ideas. However, we understand that some of these won’t apply to your life, or you may already have thought of some of these ideas yourself. But, we’ll be satisfied that we did our job if you only find one tip to implement—and save just 5 minutes.
Please share your other ideas for using technology tricks to save time during the day.
Imagine you are on your way to work and you realize that you forgot to email yourself a work-related document that you’ve been working on at home, and you didn’t upload it to Google Docs either. No problem, you can use a virtual client like LogMeIn. LogMeIn allows you to connect across the Internet to a remote computer. If you install the free version, you can connect to your remote computer and email yourself the file from home. If you install the PRO version, however, you can drag and drop your file from your remote computer to your local computer. This type of technology can save you loads of time (depending on how far your house is from work); even if you live five to seven minutes from work, you’ll still save yourself at least 10 minutes.
We all know that sinking feeling that crops up when you can’t find your car in a sea of vehicles. If you’re lost in a parking lot, you don’t have to waste time looking for your car. If you have an iPhone with the Autopark App installed, you can prevent the situation. When you park your car, simply set a marker on the map with a single tap and find your way back to the car with the built-in GPS. The Autopark App also keeps track of time left on parking meters, so if you don’t have time to run out to check the meter, you can set an alarm that alerts you before the meter runs out. Keep in mind though, that the Autopark APP requires iPhone OS 3.0 or higher. This technology could easily save you five minutes.
If your phone or laptop has ever run out of battery power while you were on the run, and you did not take your AC adapter/charger with you, you understand what a nuisance it is to have to run home and get it. But if you purchase a two identical adapters, you can leave one at home and the other one at work (or in your carry bag). This way, you will save the time you would spend running home to get the adapter/charger. You will also save the time it takes to pack up the power equipment before heading on the road. Another potential 10 minutes of quality time saved.
When you find yourself typing the same string of text on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iTouch, whether it’s a standard response, email signature, or several paragraphs, it’s time to turn to a solution like TextExpander. Using TextExpander, you create short abbreviations that expand into long “snippets” of text to avoid typing the same thing over and over. You can also save more time by assigning hotkeys when creating, editing, or searching your snippets. TextExpander requires iPhone OS 3.1 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.6 and above. It’s safe to say that this tool will save you up tofive minutes on any given day.
If you use Google all the time like I do, you can understand my frustration that stems from clicking the Next button to go to the next page of search results. What makes it worse is that Google’s default number of results per page is only 10. In no time at all you’re at the bottom of the page clicking Next again. The good news: you can bypass this limitation by using Google’s advanced search feature and increasing the number of results per page (you can choose between 10, 20, 30, 50, or 100 results per page). You can easily cut your search time in half by implementing this quick, easy technique. But if you clear your browser cache, expect to reconfigure the feature all over again. You’ll save at least two minutes per day using this tip.
What’s worse than being put on hold when you are in a rush? Nothing, right? The people at Bandwitdth.com have developed a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch that waits on hold for you so you can spend your time doing other things. Appropriately named “Holdr,” the application works like this (after you initiate a call): when you are put on hold, press * then 7, then hang up. Meanwhile, Holdr waits on hold for you. When the person you’re waiting for gets back on the line, Holdr calls you back so you can reconnect the call. If the person hangs up on you in the meantime, Holdr calls that person back so you can reconnect the call. What’s great about Holdr is that it tells you how many minutes you have saved “in your life.” You’ll easily save a two minutes of your day with this handy tool.
Imagine a world where you’re on the road and you scan a text document by taking a picture of it with your iPhone, and your iPhone reads the document back to you. Let’s say you’re on the way to a meeting and you need to go over your notes, so you take a picture of them, and then play them back while you’re driving in your car or walking to the meeting. A company named Creaceed makes all of this happen with an application called Prizmo. The application recognizes text documents, business cards, bills, and whiteboards. It’s an all-in-one scanning and OCR solution for your iPhone. This could save you at least five minutes per day.