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Time, as they say, stops for no one. And in today’s technology-heavy world, it’s easy to get things done more quickly and efficiently. Still, there are many situations where you could be using your time more effectively. Whether’s it’s idle time at an appointment or time spent standing in a line somewhere, nothing says you can’t get other things done while you’re waiting. Read on for five easy ways to save time doing everyday tasks.

Getting a Pedicure or Haircut

Whether you’re getting a pedicure or your regularly scheduled haircut, you’re just wasting time waiting for it to be finished. Why not fill out those greeting cards you’ve been meaning to send out? You can write in them, address them, and even put the stamps on them while you’re getting pampered.

Waiting At The Doctor’s Office

No matter how early you are to the doctor, it seems like you’re waiting anyways. Why not be productive during your next appointment? While sitting in the reception area, take out your phone and start deleting those rarely used apps. You’ll free up memory, you’ll get rid of the icons cluttering up your home screen.

Sitting In Traffic

We’ve all been there, idling in our cars in the middle of a traffic jam. It’s always a drag and there’s nothing we can do about it. Next time, listen to a book at twice the speed. Just open your audiobook app and increase the talking speed to 1.5 or 2x the normal rate. You’ll go through books faster, even if your car isn’t moving.

Waiting On Hold

The next time you’re stuck on hold listening to awful prerecorded music, start answering emails using visual communication instead of typing out long-winded answers. If you can answer something with a simple screenshot, do it. Most photo apps have the ability to add text to your photos so you can annotate any picture. It’s a faster and more effective way to show someone what you want.

Taking Advantage Of Dead Time

Most of us have a regular workflow pattern and we’ll soon notice pockets of dead time throughout our day. It may only be 15 or 20 minutes, but it’s more than enough time to get things done. For example, instead of answering questions throughout the day, save them for those moments of dead time and answer them all at once. You can start planning your dead time and turn it into a productive part of your day.