One of the best ways to increase your productivity in life is to free up your time. You can’t be productive when you have to spend an hour deciding what to wear in the morning or what you cook in the evening.
Most successful people avoid all manner of distractions. They dedicate more of their time and energy towards important decisions. In this article, we’ll breakdown a list of daily activities you can automate to give you more free time.
Let’s dive right in.
Everyone has bills, from rent and food to entertainment and school loans. Paying these bills can be time consuming, especially if you have lots of them. Fortunately, you can automate paying bills through a simple app like Prism, Mint or Personal Capital.
All you need is to connect your credit card or bank account to a trustworthy app. Then specify the amount of money to be paid for each bill weekly or month. You’ll never have to worry about late bill payments ever again.
Most bill payment apps serve multiple purposes. Besides helping you clear bills, some apps can help you track and manage debt. They could also hunt coupons and cash backs when you shop at recommended sites.
Truth be told, a lot of work done in the modern office is repetitive. Think of invoices, calendar reminders, emails and customer service. You can automate many of these activities to save time and improve your productivity.
Let’s start with customer outreach. By using a client outreach tool like Formcloud, you could contact hundreds of potential customers in a couple of minutes. Formcloud works by helping business owners reach out to leads through website contact forms.
Another business activity you can automate is email marketing. You’ll need a software tool to help you collect your customer’s emails legally. Then you can use the same tool to automate email marketing.
Needless to say, you can also automate business bills. All you need is to choose the right bank. The bank will handle bill payments while you can focus on increasing sales for your business.
Let’s face it. Cooking takes up so much of our time. Between grocery shopping, prepping and cooking—you could spend more than three hours to prepare lunch or dinner.
Unless you are a professional chef, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen every day. This is where automation comes in. More precisely, this is where a meal delivery app can come to your rescue.
Meal delivery companies like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron do the heavy lifting of finding groceries and prepping them for you. All you need is to finish the cooking process: a short process of 10 to 45 minutes.
In case you’re wondering, meal delivery apps personalize their services accordingly. You can order food for one person or an entire family. You can subscribe to receive meals daily, twice or four times a week.
Importantly, you get to choose what to eat. You can pick vegan vegetarian, sub-terranean, beef, mutton, chicken or gluten-free.
Social Media Posts
Is social media a big part of your life? Do you have an account you want to grow but lack the time to post daily content? Here comes automation. Apps like Buffer and Hootsuite can help you manage your social media posts.
Basically, you create a list of posts you would like to publish on your socials. You can also include your favorite blog posts. The tools then publish your posts at your specified dates and time.
Social media management is great for online business owners. You need your social media followers to grow your business. But you probably don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Automating your posts ensures you have an engaged community even when you’re offline.
Some people are lucky not to encounter endless emails every day. But if your life revolves around sending and receiving emails, you will need an email management tool.
Get a tool to help you unsubscribe to email lists you no longer care about. And if you use emails for marketing, find a tool to help you contact multiple clients in less time. You may also require a program for checking the success rate of your emails.
Also, make use of Gmail’s countless features. Separate important emails from promotions and social emails. This way, you don’t need to get overwhelmed by emails you have no plans of opening.
No one feels great when they have a messy house and lots of errands that need to be done. Luckily, we live in the age of automation. The mundane errands you hate doing can be done by someone else at a small fee.
We’re talking about using apps like Task Rabbit or Handy to handle your errands. These apps connect you to people willing to do simple house jobs like organizing your closet or cleaning the house.
Before you say you can run your errands for free, consider automation is all about freeing up time. Cleaning your house can easily take more than two hours. Then going out for drying cleaning or grocery shopping could take up another two hours of your time.
That’s half of the time most people spend on their offices at work every day. It’s time you can use write a new post for your blog. It is time you could spend with your child or pet.
Do you spend a lot of time using apps? Think of your weather app, workout, email, music and job apps. You can use an online tool to make your apps work together.
Instead of opening different apps, you can use one app to learn about the weather, choose music and read your emails. It’s a way of making life easier and saving time.
Automation is a fast-growing trend. As such, it’s impossible to list everything you can automate in your life. Think about the most important tasks you do every day. Find a way to automate them. Do the same for mundane activities. Free up your time for important decision making and working out.
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