Become your own efficiency expert with these easy life hacks that leave you with time to spare. With simple adjustments to your routine, you'll get through your to-dos and find free time for family, friends and you.
Tackle the Worst Task First
The motivation you give your kids—"Eat your broccoli; then you can have ice cream"—has a persuasive effect on adults, too. Research by David Premack, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, found that people complete tasks up to 50 percent faster when they start with the most difficult or undersirable one, then "reward" themselves with things that are more enjoyable. So you're more likely to power through bill-paying if you know you'll get to spend the afternoon planning a fund-raiser you're excited about.
You'll save: 60 minutes or more per day