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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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                            Last Updated on October 15, 2019

                            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

                            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

                            We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

                            This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

                            “Personal Productivity System” defined

                            A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

                            Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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                            Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

                            When automation is bad

                            You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

                            Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

                            Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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                            Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

                            You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

                            Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

                            When automation is good

                            On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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                            I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

                            On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

                            Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

                            The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

                            If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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                            1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
                            2. The process is time consuming.
                            3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

                            Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

                            Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

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