Originally posted by stringue
"Eliminate what is unnecessary"
Ya, too many things to do...only 24 hrs a day.
You can reduce the time spent on such 'unnecessary' things to a big extent, if you simplify your life. The important question is - what do you want
to do with the extra time ?
If its productive, well & good, although 'productive' word is very subjective.
Anyway, there are ways to smartly steal minutes from the day. Some tips :
1- Get rid of dogs & pets, you dont need them to be alive.
2- Get rid of fancy plants that need so much care, let natural stuff grow.
3- If you are alone, one bed, one bathroom and a living room are more then enough. Lock down all other rooms, no need to clean.
4- Use house cleaning robots and dust precipitators, keep most windows closed , less dust means you can clean weekly instead of daily.
5- Reduce the number of clothes to a few dresses, if you are not in a public job.
6- Put trash directly in the bin, whenever you create some, no need to collect everything again.
7- Reduce sleep time to 6 hrs or less, possible with practice.
8- Eat while u check mails or forums.
9- Whenever possible travel by bus, train or in a carpool, any means where you dont need to drive/ride, use this time to check mails, forums, read and
talk on phone etc. If you are rich, keep a driver.
10- Eat whatever can be bought ready to eat and doesnt need much cooking, only warming, change the eating habits. Eat only once in a day (main meal),
rest you can chew while doing your own thing.
11- Brush your teeth while taking a shower.
12- The potty business is a tuff job, its not in our control mostly, but you can train yourself to finish it in a few minutes. Double flush, so that
it remains clean for a week at least.
13- Get rid of time wasters, neighbors, relatives etc etc, keep in touch with people whom you really need or who really need you.
14- Avoid babies, if you dont have one, no need to have one.
15- Get your bank to directly deduct your bills from your account or use net to pay bills.
16- Use cell phone for reminders and memos.
17- Get rid of TV and newspapers, use net. See and read want to wish to, not what they impose on you.
18- Get a job , which leaves you more time, even if it pays less. If you wish to earn more, do it for the 'productive' thing you are engaged in. If
you wish to earn more just to shift to a bigger house or to get a bigger car or to eat more and more, its a waste. These things are worth only if you
can manage to get them in the same time.
19- Do some long term planning, like keep the next 5 years for earning and stabilizing and later 5 years to rest and do your 'own stuff'. Don't
plan too long into the future, nothing is fixed.
20- Speak less, eat less and sleep less, live like a traveler in a foreign land, attached to nothing, just self.