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Save time with these simple life hacks

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

While the term ‘hacking’ used to have fairly negative connotations, it has evolved somewhat to indicate helpful tricks that could save you money, time, pointless physical labour, and much more. They’re called ‘life hacks’ and the Internet is stuffed with these tips to help you.

Because we understand that your time is precious, and because our goal is to help you save time however we can, we’ve gone ahead and selected (and tried) a wide variety of these so-called ‘life hacks’. What follows is a list of what we thought were the ultimate time-saving tips that you can use in your daily life. It is - with absolute pleasure that we present them to you now.


1. No more junk mail 


We all agree that junk mail is a waste of space, but did you know that it’s a major waste of time? In spite of hating its presence in our inboxes, we still take time to go through each item before deleting them. Take back your time with this simple hack:

Run an inbox search for the term, ‘unsubscribe’. By clicking on this option in those emails, you’ll be taken off their respective mailing lists, never to be bothered again. Unless you re-subscribe.


2. Cut down on grocery shopping


 This hack is particularly handy if you live in the city. With work, traffic, kids, and everything else squeezing in a trip to the store can be tough. It saves time if you can get what you need to be delivered to your door every week. There are a number of delivery subscription services you can compare prices and selections on, and you can even get your local Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths to deliver.


3. Cooking savers


Cooking takes time, or does it? We rounded up a few time-saving life hacks to help you cut your cooking time down:

  • Presoak your pasta by placing it in a bag filled with cold water about an hour and a half before you’re ready to eat and it should take about a minute to cook in a pot of boiling water.
  • Thaw butter by grating it with your cheese grater. It melts a lot quicker in smaller pieces than in a large frozen block.
  • Double your recipes and then freeze half for another day – that’ll save you more time than you care to think about.


4. Be thoughtful ahead of time


Choose a florist and register your details and the details of your nearest and dearest. This way you won’t have to provide your loved one’s address, the occasion, and so on every year. This also helps keep you from forgetting important occasions.


5. Get to the doctor early


It seems that the average waiting time for a doctor is approximately 23 minutes, although this differs depending on the type of doctor you’re seeing. How can you avoid this? You can start by avoiding booking your appointment around 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Logically, the earlier you book, the less likely your doctor will be running late due to other patients. In terms of the day you should book on, it seems that Mondays are the best, while Thursdays are the worst.

The biggest waste of time, though, is dealing with insurance hassles. What you need is to have your insurance handled by an insurer who understands that your time is precious and who is adept at handling the nitty-gritty for you. That’s why you need Dialdirect, to get a quote for home and portable possessions insurance.