Save time. Photo of watch from  Jorg Weingrill .

Save time. Photo of watch from Jorg Weingrill.

Instead of trying to do things faster or smarter, why not cut things out entirely? Here's my list of 5 things you don't need to do, that could save you 13 hours a month.

1. Paint your nails

Do you feel like a modern day Sisyphis, taking 30 minutes to paint your nails only to have them chip after 2 days? So just don't do it. You don't need polish to look polished.

Estimated time saved: 30 minutes a week, 2 hours a month

2. Check your snail mail

After traveling for weeks at a time, I have discovered that you don't need to check your mail very often. Now, I like to grab my mail once a week and leave it in a tray in the house. Then, once a month, I sit down and open it all. I find it's more efficient to do a big batch at once, since I can make the time to sort it (for recycling, shredding or for an action) and to take care of any "to do"s that arise.

Estimated time saved: 30 minutes a month.

3. File your personal email

The search feature in most email providers (like Gmail) means you can stop filing emails. Leave everything in your inbox, and you will always find what you need by searching. I stopped filing 3 years ago. Now I have 5,473 emails in my inbox, but I have always found any email I needed.

I am trying to build up courage to do the same thing to my work emails.

Estimated time saved: 5 minutes a day, 2.5 hours a month

4. Fold your underwear

Find one perfect pair of underpants for all occasions (nude and hipster, so they go with everything) and get 20 pairs. Don't fold them, just throw them in a drawer. Reducing choice also speeds up the morning routine.

Now I just have to find the perfect bra for all occasions too.

Estimated time saved: 30 minutes a month.

5. Shop for clothes online

It's so much fun, but you know it's a waste of time. Back to last week's post on lean living, ideally a wardrobe only contains gorgeous clothes that you look fabulous in. So you need to be picky. Fit and proportion is important. Go and try on your clothes and make sure they look gorgeous on you.

Estimated time saved: 2 hours a week, 8 hours a month

Now you've got an extra 13 hours a month, do something with it. Have a look at the "Do Something" section of our shop - it's enough time to learn photography or join a dining club.

Do you have things you've cut out that I haven't listed here? Please let me know in the comments!

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