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12 Life-Changing Websites to Save You More Time and Energy

12 Life-Changing Websites to Save You More Time and Energy

It’s clear that time is the most important commodity we have in life. Every second that goes by, time becomes more and more important because we have a finite amount of it. Yet, it seems that the more time goes by, the more we need to get done. It could be an ambitious project you’re taking on, making more time for your family, or maybe you want to learn a new language.

While we can never win back more time, there are apps and websites that can help you make the most out of your time, so you can achieve everything you want, without interrupting your busy schedule.

Here are 12 life-changing websites to save you more time and energy.

1. Mailbox

Saves you time in: Emailing
Estimated time saved: 2-3 hours/week

Since launching on the App Store last February, to-do list style email client Mailbox enjoyed a remarkable year. The company’s unique approach to postponing emails in your inbox attracted hundreds of thousands of users to its waiting list.

Instead of letting the stress get to you by checking your emails, you can organize each you get into a different category of postponing it. This allows you to focus on the important ones that are urgent, and save the other ones to when you have more time.

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    2. Uber

    Saves you time in: Commuting
    Estimated time saved: 4-5 hours/week (if you’re a regular commuter)

    Uber, anyone? Say what you want about the lawsuits that Uber has been through, the convenience that Uber provides speaks for itself. Not to sound biased, we should also mention their well-known competitors: Lyft and Hailo, which provide the same service.

    Uber has also spawned an entire industry of on-demand apps, and has even launched their own line of food delivery on-demand app, called UberEATS.

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      3. Rype

      Saves you time in: Language learning (Spanish)
      Estimated time saved: 5-7 hours/week

      If you’re a busy professional, with the desire to learn a popular language like Spanish, Rype is the answer for you.

      Rype is built for the busy professional in mind, offering unlimited one-on-one lessons online (in Spanish only right now) with a professional language teacher. You can learn at any time of the day, whether it’s 6AM in the morning or 2AM at night, and take your lessons with you wherever you go (i.e. in the car, while you’re on a walk, or eating lunch).

      You can book as many lessons you want with a dedicated coach to accelerate your skills. It’s like having 24/7 access to a personal trainer if your goal is to get in shape, but for learning a language.

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        If you’ve had an itch to learn Spanish in the past or recently, this may be your chance, because Rype is offering a 14-day free trial for a limited time only. Take a look at how easy booking is.

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          4. Spritz

          Saves you time in: Reading
          Estimated time saved: 5-7 hours/week

          Knowledge equals power. Today, there is enough information that you can learn from books, papers, or articles to find just about every answer you need to solve your problems.

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          The big problem for most of us is lack of time or the speed at which we absorb information. Spritz allows you to do the latter. At the moment, it’s just for articles online, and is an extension you can plug-in to your browsers.

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            5. Wunderlist

            Saves you time in: Task organization
            Estimated time saved: 2-3 hours/week

            Do you have a to-do list that gets bigger the more you get done? The trick is to organize your to-do list in to several different categories, instead of one long list. Wunderlist helps you do this. I personally use this free app to organize my to-do list into work, personal, business, and several other categories, so I can save myself a lot of time focusing on what I need to get done.

            It’s also a great tool if you’re collaborating with someone else on tasks that needs to get done.

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              6. Mint.com

              Saves you time in: Personal Finance
              Estimated time saved: 2-3 hours/week

              Most of us get the importance of taking care of our budgets and expenses, but how many of us actually do it?

              Back in the old days, you would have had to put down every single expense on to your Excel spreadsheet, but not anymore with Mint. This free app integrates your bank account with their software, allowing you to automatically track your income and expenses, then it lays it out for you into a visual chart to see.

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                7. Quora

                Saves you time in: General questions
                Estimated time saved: 30 mins – 1 hour/week

                Ever had a burning question on your mind, but didn’t know where to find it? Chances are, you can find it on Quora. What separates Quora from the rest of the pack is quality. They’ve been able to attract some of the top experts, influencers, and even celebrities to join the conversation, and answer question directly about them.

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                For example, if you want to know what companies Ashton Kutcher invested in as a Venture Capitalist, there’s a good chance that Ashton himself will be able to answer that for you.

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                  8. Scribd

                  Saves you time in: Book reading
                  Estimated time saved: 1.5 – 2 hours/week

                  If you’re a fan of Netflix and books, then you’ll love Scribd. This app offers unlimited access to books for a flat price of $8.99/month, allowing you to access hundreds of thousands of books on your desktop, mobile, or tablet.

                  This helps you save time going to the library, book store, or even Amazon to browse through each available book. However, Scribd is limited in its quantity of books, unlike Amazon, so you may run into several books that Scribd does not currently hold.

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                    9. Flipboard

                    Saves you time in: Article reading
                    Estimated time saved: 2 hours/week

                    Flipboard is your personal curator for articles online. If you love reading articles, but dread the idea of searching for the best ones online, give this time-saving app a try. They have a version for your mobile, tablet, and desktop, making it easy for you to access curated articles on-the-go.

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                      10. LastPass

                      Saves you time in: Password recognition
                      Estimated time saved: 15-30 minutes/week

                      If you’re like most people, you’ve got multiple passwords (or very similar passwords) for different accounts. With the abundance of apps online, it’s a hassle having to record every single one of them. Lastpass cures this problem for you by automatically recording all of your forgotten passwords.

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                      All you have to do is download an extension on your browser, and voila! You’ll never forget your password again.

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                         11. Audible

                        Saves you time in: Book consumption
                        Estimated time saved: 3-5 hours/week (depends on listening speed)

                        Are you more of a listener than a reader? Or maybe you just want to do more than one thing at once. Audible is a platform for audiobooks (by Amazon), that has hundreds of thousands of audiobooks on-demand. You can save yourself even more time by listening to each book at 1.5 – 2x speed, which is just fast enough to listen without losing comprehension.

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                          12. Calendly

                          Saves you time in: Scheduling
                          Estimated time saved: 30 mins – 2 hours/week

                          Calendly is a powerful scheduling tool that sends automatic reminders for your invitees. If you schedule a lot of meetings (particularly online), then this is one worth checking out. You get your very own calendly link when you sign up, and you can sync your events onto your calendar, so you’ll never forget another meeting again.

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                            Over to you

                            Which of these time-saving websites were your favorite? While all of them were useful, which one will you take advantage of today?

                            If you’re a frequent reader, you can check out Spritz or Audible (to change up from reading to listening). If you want to save time controlling your finances, check out Mint.com. If you want to learn a language, without interrupting your busy schedule, you can check out Rype.

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                            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                            Joe’s Goals

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                              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                              Daytum

                                Daytum

                                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                Excel or Numbers

                                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                  Evernote

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                                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                    Access or Bento

                                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                      Conclusion

                                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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