In the first step of Being More While Doing Less, inspired by the Accomplishing More by Doing Less book by Marc Lesser, we discussed taking regular time off. This can re-charge your batteries and improve your productivity.
Another way to Be More While Doing Less is to leverage technology.
The internet and other new technologies has created new tools to master your time, the trouble is few people use them effectively and actually lose time by becoming immersed in the time-wasting elements of new tech.
Have you ever watched someone check their email continually? Or do you do that? Most of the times it’s just to read the latest spam message about the latest male performance-enhancing drug.
Other people use new technology to play games and waste time. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that if it’s used in the confines of a time budget; the problem is some folks don’t set a time limit for this type of activity and it consumes way too much of their day.
Instead of using technology to waste time, use it to make time.
The web can be used for research, communicating, and organizing. One great resource for this is Lifehacker.com, a site that helps you get things done. Whether you want tools to land a new job, or ways to tap Photoshop magic, Life Hacker can help.
Since we deal with financial matters at Online Investing AI, we recognize that making money, budgeting money and spending money can consume great big, heaping, steaming, bowls of time. In fact, we’re creating Automated Trading systems to make money for people, so they aren’t stuck at a computer all day watching the marketing and making trades. It’s a trading autopilot without the exorbitant fees of financial managers.
But there are other ways to leverage technology to help manage your money. We like Mint.com as one site that merges all of your financial accounts for better management (and to cut down on fumbling around looking for account statements). The internet is full of resources like Mint.com, as well.
To learn how relaxation can actually help you check out yesterday’s post to Be More By Doing Less.
Check out Step 3 to Be More By Doing Less, Master Your Time, which will appear tomorrow.