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5 Experts Share Their Best Time-Saving Shortcut / Life Hack

Excellent advice on how to save time from LifeHacker

LifeHacker has created a wonderful series called How We Work. Each week, they share shortcuts and productivity tips -- and photos of workspaces! -- of their favorite experts and Internet personalities.

Here are a few of the questions that each interviewee answers:


- One word that best describes how you work

- What's apps/software/tools can't you live without?

- What's your favorite to-do list manager?

- Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?

- What's your sleep routine like?

- What's the best advice you've ever received?

Today we decided to share with you five of our very favorite answers from this series to the question:

What's your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?

Melanie Pinola:

"Work your best hours and, related to that, consolidate your most important work hours into distinct periods... We all think better at certain times of the day than others (and even days of the week or month). Being attuned to your energy level and mental state is the key to working more efficiently. I know that when it's taking me an hour just to get one sentence out, it's time to give up and do something else."

Walter Glenn:

"Saying no. For the longest time, I had a real problem saying no--a new project, a new client, a friend who wanted to do something I didn't really have time for. Somewhere along the line (and this came during my freelancing days), I learned that I could say no and it didn't have to cost me future business opportunities or friendships. It was a liberating revelation."

Tim Ferriss:

"Use RescueTime to block off all social media sites and email for 90-120 minutes first thing in the morning. Focus on your most important one or two to-dos. If processing email on Gmail later, use The Email Game to double speed."

Felicia Day

"My most efficient times are when I force myself to create for one hour after getting up, and then do emails. That way I'm grounded in my own work before being available for other peoples' needs. And to-do lists the night before are the only way I can really be efficient about planning my day smartly. My godsend lately has been an email auto-response that basically says, "I'm just not checking email," and referring to other people at Geek & Sundry to help solve problems. I have a bit of OCD guilt where I need to respond and help every single person, and I just had to cut myself off because I was destroying myself with overwork."

Thorin Klosowski

"Automating as much of my grocery shopping as possible. I hate grocery shopping, and Amazon Subscribe & Save makes it so I can spend less time the grocery store. It's simple, but the less time I spend in any store the better."

You'll find a lot of great -- and varied -- advice in this series. We highly recommend you check it out.

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