#398 Efficiency matters

When it comes to the topic of efficiency, everyone might have something else in mind. Some think about fuel efficiency, others want to get done with their work or homework real quick. But in the end, it is a concept we should all consider to use in our day to day lives more often. Sure,

Time is money.

Benjamin Franklin

but

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.

Jim Rohn

In the end, time is limited. You can hardly do anything you always wanted to do in life. This seems to be not really practical. But why don’t you do the stuff you need to do in an more efficient way? Going grocery shopping takes you what? 2 hours a week? I bet you can do it in 30 minutes as well! Cleaning your teeth while standing on one foot or doing sport while watching TV. That is only the tip of the iceberg. In case you have ever wondered how professional athletes are able to do so much, well, in fact, they do so little. They are the masters of efficiency. They prepare their meals, they come up with routines in their workouts and training sessions. They seem to be in control over their day to day lives.

Sure, in the end it is all a question about who you are and where you want to go in life. But I guess you might also dream for more. Not primarily in the sense of acquiring money or having a better performance in the end, but also in the sense of having more time for the things you really want to do in life. Like spending more time with your loved ones, your hobbies or just take the time for yourself. Have a walk in the nature or read a good book.

But how can we become more efficient?

I know, definitely easier said than done. We go to work all the time and come home being quite exhausted. We want to have some time to relax, instead of hustling from one thing to the other. I know exactly what you are talking about. I was there too and will be there soon. But in the end, being more efficient doesn’t primarily mean to do more. It simply means that you have more time for other things.

Sure, you can go shopping groceries two or even more times a week. Walking through the store and decide spontaneously what you want to buy. Comparing prices and get inspired by all those fancy advertisement signs. But well, you could also go grocery shopping once a week with a definite plan you made once and get the job done in less than half an hour. Sure, you might do not think that this is really making a difference. But looking at a complete year, you save up to (1,5 h * 52 Weeks = 78 hours a year) 78 hours of your valuable time. Time you could spend otherwise. For example with your children, or your project, or you can do with it whatever you want to do.

I for example watched at least 4 hours a day TV when I was much younger. Four hours a day? Can you believe it. The moment I cut this time in half, I saved (2 h * 365 days = 730 hours a year) 730 hours a year and the moment I stopped watching it all together, even 1460 hours. What the hell!?

Sure, the further you go down the road, the less effective this kind of efficiency goes, but for the beginning, it’s working quite well!

Sure, you might save only a couple of minutes here and there, but looking at this thing from a wider angle, well, even a couple of minutes a day are in the end a lot of time.

But it doesn’t even stop there. Sometimes, we can’t cut off some time. Maybe your drive to work takes you an hour because of the bad traffic. Sure, you could get a helicopter and reduce the time, but I guess that is not really practical. Well, why don’t you use the time that you need to spend anyways in a more efficient way? You can have conversations with friends, listen to an audiobook or podcast or even learn a language.

Be creative and make your life more efficient, that’s all what I am saying. It will be worth the effort and give you more time for the things you really want to do in life.

See you next time!

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