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 Spend Less Time on E-Mail
You're working away on your computer and—ping!—you stop to check e-mail. Before you finish reading, ping! And on it goes throughout the day. According to a University of California at Irvine study, it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back to a task after an interruption; about 23 percent of the time, people don't return to their initial task on the same day. In addition to making it difficult to cross items off a to-do list, multitasking releases cortisol in the brain, and that contributes to stress and memory loss. A better approach: Carve out time—maybe half an hour three or four times a day—to process e-mail, and turn off alerts in between.
You'll save: 30 minutes or more per day