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.
How to Declutter Your Desk
What do Mark Tain, Pablo Picasso and Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, have in common? Besides having brilliant minds, they all kept/keep impeccably organized work spaces. Some experts say there's a correlation. Personal mementos, aside from one or two photographs to help inspire you, are nonessential items that can slow you down. If you have a messy desk, you're also more likely to waste time looking for things, something American workers spend about 13 percent of their time doing when they're on the clock, according to Integra Workshops, a performance coaching firm in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. To minimize distractions, keep out only the papers that are crucial to what you're working on. Display photos and kids' artwork up high or off to the side, out of your line of sight. At the end of each day, reset your work space so you can start tomorrow with a clean slate.
You'll save: 20 minutes or more each day