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20 Essential Apps And Websites For Digital Nomads

20 Essential Apps And Websites For Digital Nomads

Living a life of perpetual travel is pretty exciting – new destinations, new cultures and new incredible people to meet and hang out with! However, working on the road can get pretty hectic at times. As a digital nomad I have found myself in rather awkward situations a lot – from missed deadlines due to incorrect time zone conversion to a nearly missed plane when I forgot to print out my booking and confused the time (I did catch that plane though!).

Being your own boss is equally awesome and hellish. Juggling numerous tasks at once and getting things done super-fast with a terrible wi-fi connection requirea killer organizational skills and zen-like concentration. Try using the next 20 websites and apps to make your life as a digital nomad easier, less stressful and even more exciting!

1. Trello

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    Trello is your go-to website to stay organized and work super-efficiently on the road. It’s a free service that allows you to create numerous boards for your ongoing projects and plans. Tired of having numerous notes scattered around different apps and lengthy email threads with your clients or team? Just drag and drop them all to Trello, where you can easily collaborate, quickly exchange ideas and notes in the form of cards, leave comments and track the overall progress of the project. You can create numerous boards and organize them the way you like, upload files to each, set deadlines and notifications, plus easily share everything with one click.

    My Trello contains two sets of boards – personal and business. I use the first to keep all my travel plans neat and make sure I won’t confuse the flight time or overstay my visa; the second to keep a visual account of my personal goals and various arrangements. The business board is where I have a list of ongoing projects composed into simple to-dos with their current statuses –  along with all the comments from my clients and a separate column for follow-ups.

    Trello is an incredible free alternative to similar project management softwares I used before and it can be used for tackling any job – from house renovation to multi-stage marketing campaign! Also available as an app for iOS and Android devices to get updates on the go.

    2. f.lux

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      As a digital nomad you often find yourself working late at night or early morning to keep up with your clients’ time zones. Love checking your email or reading a few articles from your iPad before going to bed? (I do!). Even if you don’t feel it yet, your eyes are seriously suffering from those habits and you can end up having troubles with sleeping as the blue light from your devices negatively impacts your sleeping patterns. Use f.lux – a handy software that will automatically adjust the color of your computer’s display to the time of day – warm at night and like sunlight during the day. F.lux allowed me to be more productive in the mornings and made it easier to slow down my activity in the evenings. As a digital nomad it is essential to stay refreshed as your income depends solely on your productivity. Besides, haven’t we escaped the cubicle to have a better work/life balance and more rest in the first place?

      3. Focus@Will

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        As we often find ourselves working at various places around the globe – from a crowded bus station to a jam-packed bar (the only place that has decent wi-fi in the area) – concentrating on your work gets extremely difficult. That’s where Focus@Will comes to rescue. The service offers a wide selection of white noise and simple tunes selected according to a neuroscience-based approach. It seems to work pretty great as I stayed way more concentrated on my work compared to the times when I just blasted my favorite tunes and murmured along. A 30-day free trial has a limited selection of tracks and will stop playing them in an hour (although it could be restarted immediately). The paid service will cost you around $10 for three months. Also available as a free app for iOS and Android devices.

        4. Shopify

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          Let’s admit it, being a digital nomad and working solo gets challenging at times. There are days when you feel like a Renaissance man trying to tackle all things at once and getting expertise in numerous areas. That’s especially true when you are just about to launch your business website, blog or an online store. If you are a creative, you have only basic knowledge (if any) in CSS, HTML or integrated payment systems, so you spend endless hours figuring out how things work instead of doing what you are really good at and earning money.

          Try Shopify – a service providing custom no-hassle ecommerce solutions. They offer everything from secure hosting and mobile-optimized websites to secure check-outs with some 70 payment getaways to choose from and assistance with running your online marketing campaign. The rates are incredibly affordable and start from just $29 per month for unlimited access to all their services and features or opt for a 14 day free trial to test them out first!

          5. Rescue Time

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            Proper time management is another great struggle all digital workers face. How many times you have found yourself spending over 12 hours a day in front of your screen and not having all things done? Yeah, it happens to me quite in a while, so I’ve started using Rescue Time – to stay on top of my productivity while still having a normal work/life balance. Install it on your computer and all devices to have an accurate picture of how much time you spend doing certain activities or browsing certain sites (khm..cat videos on YouTube). At the end of each week you’ll receive an email with a fair statement on your (un)productivity.

            Rescue Time enables you to give more accurate deadlines to your clients; create accurate hourly invoices as you know exactly how much time you’ve spent doing a certain task and adjusting your rates accordingly and eliminate random activity during your working hours. You can use Light Rescue Time version for free or opt for the premium plan at $6 per month.

            6. Every Time Zone

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              As you probably work with people based anywhere from New Zealand to the West Coast keeping an eye on the deadline or updating them on your progress at 9 am each day may get tricky. Just as sending follow-ups, project proposals and invoices at the right time of the day. Every Time Zone is another great solution for keeping proper track of the time – your client’s time. Add all time zones you need, add your time in the marker at the top and see where this lands in everyone else’s day. No more crazy maths with figuring out when do you need to ring up Joe on Skype if he asked to do that at 11 am EST.

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              7. XE Currency

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                How many currencies do you have in your wallet? My guess is more than two. As a digital nomad and perpetual traveler you have to keep track on the conversion rates and different currencies all the time. To make sure you are charging an equally fair price in USD/EU/GBP or any other currency out there use XE Currency. Get live conversion rates instantly or add up a list of your preferred and sync ahead of time to have instant offline access from any device. XE Currency is available as a web service, iOS, Android, Windows Phone apps and more.

                8. Trail Wallet

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                  My second essential money app for digital nomads is Trail Wallet (currently iOS only). It’s a beautifully crafted and easy-to-use app for tracking your expenses across multiple countries and currencies. You can organize your spendings by country or my month, set max daily budgets and add each dollar you’ve spent on the go. At the end of the month the app will tell you if you gone over your budget or where exactly did the cash flow. It’s perfect for analyzing the cost of living and working at different cities and countries, thus finding the optimal home-base for you when you get tired of being on the road and need to settle down for a while.

                  9. Xero

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                    And to keep better track of your business-related expenses try Xero. Arguably, the best online bookkeeping and accounting service out there for all the non-accountants. It’s perfect for sending invoices, keeping track of the cash-flow and setting payment notifications on credit cards and recruiting payments. It neatly categorizes all your bank transactions and reconciles them with the transactions you have made in Xero to keep things even more simple. Available for numerous iOS and Android devices, so you can always have access to your data at no time.

                    10. Tripit

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                      Tripit is one of the best travel planners out there! It’s free, fast and most importantly – works off-line. Just say no more to papers and lost emails. Forward all your booking confirmations – hotels, flights, car rental etc and let the app do all the magic for you by turning it into an easy-to-follow itinerary. You can set up notifications and get access to your data from any device without internet connection. Tripit reduced my frustration of arriving to the wrong terminal or roaming around the new city with my baggage as I haven’t written down the hotel address correctly. It’s a great app I seriously recommend using it to basically anyone who travels.

                      11. 1Password

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                        Sharing sensitive data, especially passwords with your clients or team and keeping track of them can get challenging. That’s why I’ve started using 1Password – a super secure password-sharing service that allows you to create special vaults with a set of passwords to tools and services only accessible to the people you’ve shared it with. Available for numerous devices, the service gives you peace of mind when sharing anything sensitive via unprotected networks. Speaking of which…

                        12. Private Internet Access

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                          Keep all your data and computer protected by opting for Private Internet Access. Often we need to make those last minute payments or credit card purchases and the only internet available is a suspicious unprotected network your device somehow found. By using an anonymous encrypted VPN and a private IP you can be 100% sure none of your payment data will be fished or passwords stolen.

                          13. Workfrom

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                            Find the best coffee shops and cafes in your area with this service. Workfrom has a great pool of venues in major US cities – New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle – and more destinations worldwide to be added soon! The service is free to join and you’ll get access to numerous cool spots with unbiased opinions of wi-fi connection and cappuccino quality from digital nomads just like you. Reviews also include price range, meals available, general atmosphere and noise range, along with some pro-tips on where to find sockets and which table is the most secluded. I have discovered some of my all time favorites this way like Mr Bean in Amsterdam.

                            14. Spotted by Locals

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                              Another awesome service to discover good meals and thrilling events at your current base. Spotted by Locals is not that typical city guide with boring touristy routes, but an amazing resources with awesome recommendations from the locals on things to do and places to check out. After all, you’ve chosen a location independent lifestyle to explore the world more, not just spend hours tapping on the keywords in a different environment.

                              Currently, the website has numerous recommendations for all major European cities – Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Warsaw and many more, plus it gradually expands into North America with Boston, LA, Toronto and Montreal guides recently added. You can browse around the free categorized selection of activities at the website or pay$ 2.99 for a PDF guide with all tips and places neatly listed on the map. Or opt for iOS or Android app ($3.99 each) to gain offline access to one of the city guides along with a detailed map.

                              15. Jawbone UP

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                                Now when you know where to go and what to see, here’s a handy app that will help you get unstuck from your laptop. Jawbone UP will gently nag you when it’s time to get up and unwind a bit. Install the app and connect it to all your hardware, than let the Up Activity Tracker (a lovely bracelet) analyze your sleeping and activity patterns to help you creating a better lifestyle. The app will monitor and analyze all your actions and suggest you a healthier schedule, help you sleep better and keep up with the exercise routine (which gets erratic when you are on the move). Why do we need more time if we don’t spend it wise, right? The app is free for iOS and Android, however you’ll have to pay 129$ for the bracelet tracker or 49.99$ for the clip.

                                16. SugarSync

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                                  Some like DropBox, others opt for Google Drive, yet my go-to cloud storage service is SugarSync. It’s simpler, more powerful and has a really slick design. After you install it, you just need to right-click the file/folder to instantly back them up at the cloud. Besides, any further change you make to that data will be automatically synchronized. Large files get uploaded extra fast and you can get 250 GB storage space for just $99.99 per year. Also you can access, share and edit all your files via free iOS or Android app supported on numerous devices. Now, I’ve finally stopped worrying what should I do if my laptop gets broken/stolen.

                                  17. Contactually

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                                    If you don’t like to get broke and return home, you have to invest a fair share of your time in building ongoing relationships with your clients, vendors or customers depending on what do you do for a living. To avoid this whole thing becoming a huge pain try using Contactually – a simple, yet powerful service that will tell you when and whom you should keep in touch with and how you could maximize your ROI by connecting with the right people at the right time. It will send you notifications when you’ve fallen out of touch with certain contacts (which can mean missed opportunities in the perspective) and prompt when you should reconnect with the most important contacts from your network by providing helpful context clues like social updates and recent conversations to make the whole thing look more genuine. The service boasts that their users get up to 40% more referrals after using their service (backed by case studies) which is kind of essential for you if you’d like to live the nomadic life and work for yourself!

                                    18. Schedule Once

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                                      If you are working on multiple projects with multiple clients at a time – Schedule Once is your kick-ass service to schedule online meetings and conferences. Create a sleek pre-set calendar when you are available and send people a unique link that allows them to select a suitable time for both of you to connect. The service is fantastic for anyone offering consulting services or coaching sessions and costs just 5$ per month!

                                      19. Spaxtel

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                                        Sometimes the internet gets so crappy that calling by Skype is impossible. Or you have a very-very important conversation scheduled and you don’t want any possible glitches to interrupt you. That’s when it’s worth using Spaxtel – a cool service that enables you to make land-line quality phone calls via callback. You don’t need to install any software or have internet access. The rates depends on the quality of call you choose (the lowest discount is pretty great) and the countries from/to you are calling. So far, the price proved to be nearly Skype-affordable for a better overall quality of connection.

                                        20. Earth Class Mail

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                                          Snail mail isn’t that popular these days, but you still get some important stuff via it. Say bills and some paychecks. If you don’t want to bug your parents or friends’ to deal with your mail while you are out, try using Earth Mail Class – an affordable mail forwarding service that scans and forwards your mail to the e-mail address of your choice, deposits your checks (for a fee), saves PDFs of your postal mail online and offers in-person pickup and package signing.

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                                          Last Updated on February 17, 2021

                                          50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

                                          50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

                                          If you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do, maybe it’s time to check-in with your time management skills.

                                          No one is born to be very good at time management, so that’s okay if you think you’re bad in it. But everyone can learn to boost their productivity and achieve more!

                                          Here are 50 ways to increase productivity and add hours to your day.

                                          1. Set a Timer

                                          Estimate the time you need to tackle different tasks and set a timer for each of your tasks. How you go about this is up to you as there are many different ways. There is the Pomodoro technique where you focus on a task for 25 minutes followed by a five minute break afterwards.

                                          In the event that you have a task that will take much longer than that, you can consider one of the many timer-based apps. One that comes to mind is Clockify. It’s used for freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, however it’s a good way to be setting yourself a timer. It provides reports and you can serve as a project manager of sorts too. Best of all, it’s free.

                                          2. Eliminate All Distractions

                                          Distractions include the phone, email notifications and having multiple web browsers open on the desktop. Just as it’s important to be organized offline, it’s key to have things organized online as well. This free guide End Distractions And Find Your Focus is a good tool to help you. With this guide, you’ll learn how to get rid of distractions and boost productivity. Grab your free guide here.

                                          You can also learn more on how to get rid of all distractions in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                          3. Listen to Music That Boosts Productivity

                                          Distractions should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus.

                                          Of course, it doesn’t need to be heavy rock music, but a bit of Beethoven may do you some good.

                                          Here’s a complete guide to help you pick the right music for better productivity: How To Maximize Your Productivity With Music: A Complete Guide

                                          4. Find Meaning in What You Do (And Love What You Do)

                                          Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.

                                          If you aren’t sure what you love doing yet, don’t worry. Leo Babauta has some unique ways to help you: How to Find Your Passion

                                          5. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time.

                                          By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.

                                          Learn a unique technique to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster.

                                          6. Batch Similar Tasks into a Single Batch.

                                          Tasks like blog writing, phone calls, email and errands can be grouped into a single batch. You will save time by completing similar tasks in one session. One way to help you with organizing all of those things is through the app Todoist. It’s an easy and simple way for you to plan out your day, set reminders, and group all of your most important tasks in a convenient spot.

                                          7. Complete Your Most Dreaded Tasks First Thing in the Morning.

                                          Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

                                          Many people tend to check emails in the morning because after checking a list of emails, they feel fulfilled. But that’s just an illusion of having achieved more.

                                          Doing simple tasks like checking emails first in the morning is bad for you. Instead, do the difficult tasks because you have more energy in the morning to tackle them!

                                          8. Reward Yourself for Finishing a Big Task

                                          To stay motivated for whatever you do, reward yourself every now and then.

                                          Keep track of your small wins and milestones and celebrate them. So whenever you struggle about your progress, you see how far you’ve come!

                                          Find out more about this 2-Step Approach to Self-Motivation: Track Small Wins and Reward Yourself.

                                          9. Don’t Multitask

                                          Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. If you think you can multitask, think again.

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                                          For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.

                                          10. Step Away from the Computer

                                          The Internet has become one of the number one distraction. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.

                                          I do this a lot when I try to brainstom new ideas and have found it to be very beneficial to simply unplug.

                                          11. Use Focus Tools

                                          Make good use of apps and technology to help you remove distractions.

                                          Here’re 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools to help you stay focused. This way, you’re not distracted by the web, e-mail, or IM.

                                          Also, join the free Fast-Track Class – Overcoming Distraction, and you’ll learn the one simple method to work even when you’re surrounded by distractions. Join the free session now!

                                          12. Just Start

                                          Often times, starting is the hardest part. People tend to wait for the perfect time with perfect condition to start. But there’s no perfect condition.

                                          Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

                                          13. Find out Your Productive Hours

                                          Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. For me, it’s the morning.

                                          Find out when your prime time is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly.

                                          14. Keep a Notebook and Pen on Hand at All Times

                                          This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. Your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about it every other second. Another consideration is getting the app Evernote. Not only does this save you on ink and paper, Evernote is a convenient place for you to jot down notes and thoughts and then share them with the team. In certain circumstances, this can prove useful if you’re the type of person that has a lot of ideas that you want to share.

                                          15. Write a Blog to Chronicle Your Own Personal Development and Achievements

                                          The blog keeps you accountable and always working towards self improvement and personal growth.

                                          When you write down all the small achievements you’ve been having, you’re also more motivated to move forward.

                                          And you know what, this is how I started Lifehack too! What also helped me in starting Lifehack is WordPress, which allows people to set up a website for free. WordPress has simplified a lot of the process of building a site to the point that virtually anyone can build a website now.

                                          16. Write out a To-Do-List Each Day

                                          I like to plan my day the night before. This way, I can get started on my most important tasks as soon as I wake up. The Full Life Planner is a nice tool to help you organize your days and get things that matter done. Check out the planner here and start to plan your day ahead easily!

                                          Make sure you don’t make any of these common to-do-list mistakes!

                                          17. Write Your Most Important Tasks and To-Dos on a Calendar.

                                          The key to good time management is knowing where to be and what to be doing there at any given time. Effective calendar management goes hand in hand with good task list management.

                                          Learn here How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space.

                                          18. Reflect on Your Productivity Constantly

                                          As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself:

                                          “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”

                                          This one simple question can be an excellent boost to your productivity.

                                          19. Get up Early Before Anyone Else

                                          I know it could be difficult for some to wake up early in the morning but nothing beats a quiet house!

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                                          Here’s How to Start Your Day at 5:00 AM and some Simple Things Early Risers Do to make waking up early easier.

                                          20. Get Plenty of Sleep

                                          When you work online, sleep can become a long lost memory. However, it’s important to get plenty of sleep so that your working hours can be as productive as possible.

                                          Try out this night routine which I highly recommend for productivity: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                          21. Exercise

                                          Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace.

                                          Take a short walk at lunch or do some simple stretches during your break to maximize your productivity.

                                          Here I have some exercises recommendations for you:

                                          22. Outsource as Much as Possible

                                          If you want to achieve more in less time, learn to delegate or outsource work. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:

                                          Also, read this guide to learn how to delegate effectively: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

                                          23. Set Some Exciting Goals

                                          Without worthy goals, you will never be motivated to get things done.

                                          Set goals that are challenging and achievable. The best goal setting framework is a SMART goal. That said, there are other tools that can help you out as well. For example, The Dreamers’ Guide To Reaching Your Goal is a great guide to help you set and reach goals effectively. Grab your free guide and learn how to make your goals happen this year!

                                          24. Tell Other People About Your Goals

                                          When you tell others about your goals, you will instantly be held accountable.

                                          25. Listen to Podcasts

                                          Listen to educational podcasts or audio books while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house, exercising, or cooking dinner.

                                          Audio learning has the power to add hours to your day. Not to mention, your cranium is sure to thank you for it.

                                          Some recommendations for you: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself

                                          26. Read David Allen’s best-selling book Getting Things Done

                                          This is one of the most important productivity books you will ever read. Read it, apply the tips in your daily lives and get more things done.

                                          Here’re more great books about productivity too: 35 Books on Productivity and Organizational Skills for an Effective Life

                                          27. Learn to Speed Read

                                          When you can read faster, you will read and learn more! Check out these 10 Ways to Increase Your Reading Speed.

                                          You can also make use of the app OutRead to help speed up your reading speed!

                                          28. Learn to Skip When You Read

                                          When you’re reading a book, just read the parts that you need and skip the rest. But you have to read with a purpose.

                                          Learn how to make it work here: How to Read 10X Faster and Retain More

                                          29. Focus on Result-Oriented Activities

                                          Pareto’s law (also known as the 80 20 rule) states that 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. This means that 20% of our actions result in 80% of the results.

                                          We must find the 20% that is creating the 80% of our desired outcomes and focus solely on those activities.

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                                          30. Take a Break

                                          You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times.

                                          31. Start a Polyphasic Sleep Schedule

                                          What is polyphasic sleep?

                                          Polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern specification intended to compress sleep time to 2-5 hours daily.[1] This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short (around 20-45 minute) naps throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness.

                                          While you can learn more about it here, you’re recommended to take some naps during the day to recharge your energy too.

                                          32. Learn to Say “No”.

                                          We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say no in order to save our sanity.

                                          Learn the Gentle Art of Saying No from Leo Babauta.

                                          33. Go on an Information Diet

                                          Most of the world lives on information overload. We must eliminate mindless Internet surfing.

                                          Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done.

                                          The key is to limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on. Here’re some simple tips you can try: 10 Simple Productivity Tricks To Manage Overloaded Information

                                          34. Organize Your Office

                                          The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up a system and dumping the junk.

                                          Check out these 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done and 20 Easy Home Office Organization Ideas to Boost Your Productivity.

                                          35. Find a Mentor

                                          By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

                                          A good mentor is hard to find, so here’s a guide to help you: What to Look for in a Mentor

                                          36. Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

                                          With technology’s help, you can double your work efficiency. Even better, you learn all the shortcuts when using technology, for example keyboard shortcuts.

                                          When you use keyboard shortcut, you gain 64 hours every year!

                                          Not sure what shortcuts to lear? Check out these 22 Tricks That Can Make Anyone A Keyboard Ninja.

                                          Besides learning the shortcuts, you can also create keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey.

                                          37. Improve Your Typing Speed to Save Time

                                          Do you know you can save 21 days per year just by typing fast?

                                          You don’t really need to take some serious courses to type faster, try these typing games online:

                                          38. Work from Home and Avoid the Daily Commute

                                          If your job is a flexible one, consider working from home. This saves you the commute time and you’ll find yourself more energetic throughout the day as you have saved the long ride.

                                          Take a look at these tips to help you stay productive while working from home:

                                          How to Work from Home and Stay Ultra-Productive

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                                          39. Get Rid of Time Wasters

                                          Common time wasters include Instant Messenger, video games, Flickr, checking your stats 10 times a day, television and extraneous Internet surfing.

                                          Don’t rely on your willpower, make use of some of these useful tools to help you stay focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

                                          40. Plan Your Meals in Advance

                                          Plan out all of your meals a week ahead and make your grocery list accordingly. This allows you to focus on the necessary – saving you time and money. You can also save yourself even more time through a wide variety of apps. One app that I find helpful is Mealime. It’s an app that provides you with a wide selection of recipes and also a convenient spot for your grocery list as well.

                                          Considering the fact that over 4 million users have this app, it goes to show that there is a good selection of meal plans that you can follow and that the app is friendly to use.

                                          41. Cook Your Meals in Bulk

                                          When you cook your meals in bulk, you will have plenty of leftovers. This can avoid having to cook everyday.

                                          Find out more about how to make cooking in bulk works: Once a Month Cooking: Productivity Hack or Overrated Time Suck?

                                          42. Protect Yourself from Unnecessary Phone Time with Caller ID

                                          The minutes you spend on picking up unnecessary phone calls are time wasted. You can prevent that from happening.

                                          Check out this detailed guide how you can deal with those unnecessary phone calls: How To Lose the Useless Items that Weigh Down Your Day – Cellphone Calls

                                          43. Take Shorter Showers

                                          This one may sound silly but it’s actually something I struggle with. I spend up to 30 minutes in the shower. Think of the time I could save simply by speeding up a bit.

                                          44. Save the Trips to Bank by Taking Direct Deposit

                                          Many employers now offer direct deposit. If yours does, then be sure and take advantage of it and save yourself from a number of trips to the bank.

                                          45. Auto Pay Your Bills

                                          How many times have you been worried about whether you missed the bills deadline?

                                          Auto paying your bills will save you time and eliminate late fees and increased interest rates.

                                          46. Shop Online

                                          Whenever possible, avoid going to the store. When you shop online, you can be more focus about what you’re getting.

                                          47. Speed up your Internet With a Broadband Connection

                                          Many people are aware of the slow speed of internet but aren’t doing anything about it. In fact, this is the number one Internet time-saver!

                                          If you must use dial-up, then you can use accelerators like Propel and SlipStream to double or even triple your speed.

                                          48. Keep up the Speed of Your Computer

                                          If you’re a Windows user, use Windows hibernation feature to avoid the slowdown of exiting and restarting Windows.

                                          Or maybe, consider switching to Mac as there’re plenty of Advantages You Probably Don’t Know About Switching To Mac From PC.

                                          49. Turn off the TV

                                          The average American watches more than 4 hours of television every day. Over a 65-year life, that’s 9 years glued to the tube.

                                          For better health and productivity, turn off the TV. Here’re 11 more reasons to tell you to stop watching TV so often.

                                          Turn off the TV and you are sure to get more out of life.

                                          50. Use a Tivo or DVR

                                          This can help you cut an hour-long television show down to just 40 minutes. You can save time while not missing the fun.

                                          So, here’s the ultimate list of techniques you should learn to boost productivity. Pick the techniques that work for you and make them your daily habits. As time goes, you’ll find yourself being a lot more productive.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Medical News Today: What is biphasic and polyphasic sleep?

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