Hi guys if you want your life to be easier. But, here’s the thing: You want the process of improving your daily existence to be, well, easy.
Hey, I’m right there with you—which is why I’ve pulled together this helpful list of 28 simple (yes, simple!) ways that you can make the day to day a little more painless.
Whether you want to improve your productivity or take your stress levels down, these handy tips and tricks will make a big difference—without a ton of time and elbow grease.
If You Want to Save Time
Create a cheat sheet for the information you commonly need, so you can just copy and paste it.
Used canned responses to auto-fill those emails you find yourself writing time and time again.
Stop redoing the same report week after week and instead use Microsoft Word’s “Quick Styles” to apply your formatting with the click of a button. A number of other Word hacks can help you shave some time off your workday too!
If You Want to Get More Done
Utilize the Pomodoro Technique to instill a sense of urgency and kick your productivity into high gear.
Block off some untouchable time in your calendar when you can forego any meetings, zone in, and keep your head down in your most important work.
Add one (or more than one!) productivity-boosting Chrome extensionthat will help you power through your to-do list.
Find your golden hours and then use that highly motivated time to crank through the most important things on your plate.
Limit yourself to one browser tab in order to stop multitasking. Constantly switching gears isn’t doing you any favors.
You know those little stars that appear next to subject lines in Gmail? Leverage them to your advantage by marking the emails that require a response. When you have a block of time, go through and respond to your starred messages.
Use an email app to remove the headache from managing your inbox. Let technology do it for you!
Set an OOO message even when you’re in the office so you can stay away from email and focus your attention on the things that matter.
Use Unroll.me to pull together—and unsubscribe from, if necessary!—all of those newsletters that find their way to your inbox.