Recently I’ve become really interested in learning how to optimize my life – 4 hour work week style – so I can save time from doing things I don’t want to do and have more time to do the things I actually like, or just reading or relaxing. There are big changes you can make to your life, such as a career change that has you working fewer hours or working from home, but right now I just want to share some quick and dirty life hacks that have each saved me a little bit of daily frustration and stress.
They seem small, but when you add up all the hundreds of actions you do each day, changing how you do the little things can change everything. The point isn’t to make you lazy but to free up your time so you can work on something you’re passionate about, start the business you’ve been dreaming of, have time to meditate, or just work on your personal growth. Whatever you want to do with your newfound time. 🙂
Here are 15 random life hacks to save you time and stress.
1. Using a one cup coffee maker with no paper filters
I used to use a Keurig and stopped because I moved and would have had to ship it or buy a new one. So I ended up buying a really cheap coffee maker at the grocery store. However, unlike some coffee makers (like one back at home that I used for a while), with this one you simply fill your mug with water, pour in the water, put in two spoonfuls of coffee, put your mug under the spout, and press the start button. It doesn’t seem like it would make a big difference in your life, but it actually saves me a lot of the little frustrations that I used to have from making an entire pot of coffee (or trying to measure out for just one cup), using and having to keep buying paper filters, etc. It’s small but it makes a difference.
2. Simplifying your meal preparation
Here are just a few of the (super lazy) ways I save time when nomming throughout the day:
– Jarred pasta sauce
– Precut and packaged apple slices- makes it super easy to pack for work
– An obvious one, frozen food (just not those sketchy hungry man things… I like Amy’s or Evol)
– Baby carrots to pack for work… these literally last forever in the fridge. Buy a giant bag and never buy them again. 🙂
– Premade salad kits.. these are a super lazy way to eat your vegetables
3. Buying all your books on Kindle (or the Kindle app on iPads)
I read a LOT and I love buying books for Kindle because it’s an instant download. No driving to the bookstore or waiting for something to ship in the mail. I just saved you from having to put on pants. You’re welcome.
4. Using one homemade multi-purpose cleaner for absolutely everything
I mix a bottle of white vinegar with orange peels (and the juice squeezed in). It smells good, it’s natural, and it can clean anything.