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50 Time Saving Tips – Guest Post By Gordie Rogers

This is a guest post from Gordie Rogers, a.k.a. “The World’s Fattest Lifestyle Designer.”  Gordie is the founder and editor in chief of Lifestyle Design For You . He currently resides in Tianjin, China.

Gordie Eating Quickly

Gordie: No time to chew

Hey guys,

It’s a new year and a new decade. Learn how to save time so you can spend more time reading your favorite books, lifting kettlebells, and watching cool videos made by Josh.

1. Don’t have children.
2. Learn to speed read.
3. Learn to touch type.
4. Limit TV to half an hour a day or less.
5. Only check email twice a day.
6. Don’t watch porn, unless it actually helps to speed things up.
7. Walk faster.
8. Work from home.
9. Get someone else to cook and clean for you.
10. Outsource or delegate what you can.
11. Don’t read the news, just skim the headlines. You’ll get the gist.
12. Get the toilet paper ready when still on the toilet and haven’t yet finished.
13. Eat more fiber and drink more water. Your number two toilet sessions will be shorter.
14. Only use IM programs when it’s absolutely necessary.
15. Don’t turn your cell phone on before 2pm if you can.
16. Exercise at home.
17. Don’t close books when you get up from the chair if you’re going to come back to the same chair again and continue reading the same book.
18. Get your key or swipe card out before you get to your door.
19. Work in two hour sessions of unbroken concentration. Have a break and then do the same again.
20. Do your most difficult, most disliked and most important task first thing in the workday.
21. Keep your hair really short or shave it like Josh.
22. Don’t multitask.
23. Don’t use the microwave oven to defrost food. Just take the frozen food out of the freezer much earlier and let it thaw on the on the kitchen bench.
24. If you have a bike, ride it faster, but still ride safely.
25. If you don’t work at home, live close to your work place to save on commuting time.
26. When using your browser, open websites in new tabs rather than new windows.
27. Turn off all automatic email and IM notifications.
28. If you have a cat or dog, only feed it once per day. Always leave water out for it.
29. Wear your clothes for longer periods of times until they’re actually visibly dirty or smell.
30. Flip your underwear inside out for the second day if they’re still cleanish.
31. Don’t wear shoes at home. Wear flip flops, slippers or go bare foot.
32. Wear slip-on shoes or boots, rather than ones with laces.
33. Limit your showers to ten minutes.
34. Shower every second day rather than daily if you don’t stink. If you’re in Paris, once a week is fine. J
35. Men, try shaving less if your facial hair growth is slower or grow a beard.
36. Women, forget about plucking eyebrows. Men, don’t notice.
37. If you’re a blogger, only check your analytics program once per week or even only monthly.
38. Turn on the computer and then get dressed while it’s starting up.
39. Multi-task where it doesn’t affect your mental or creative ability. E.g. make taking the dog for a walk also become your daily exercise.
40. Have caller I.D. to screen calls.
41. Empty your trash can from your computer, and defrag your computer once every two weeks to keep it running fast.
42. Use Chrome or Firefox, rather than Internet Explorer. It seems Chrome wins out on speed.
43. Only make love three times per week and remember foreplay isn’t necessary every time.
44. When you wake up, get up.
45. Wear a watch rather than always asking other people what the time is.
46. Be nicer to your partner to prevent wasted time arguing.
47. When travelling long distance, work while on the bus, train or plane if you can.
48. Live on the lower floor of a building.
49. If you really want to eat take-out, have it delivered.
50. Read Lifestyle Design For You . for more amazing ways to save time and improve your life.

About The Author: Gordie Rogers was one of my earliest supporters and interviewed me with a lot more civility than Teen Wolf did.  You can visit Gordie on Lifestyle Design For You and on Twitter.

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  • Michael @ Monetize Your Life January 22, 2010, 2:38 am

    Multi-tasking bad… Short hair good (not as good as no hair mind you)
    Fun post with some good solid advice smattered between.

    Keep on keeping on Gordie

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:40 am

      Cheers, Michael.

  • Oscar - freestyle mind January 22, 2010, 2:40 am

    Hey Gordie, this is a great list. Some entries are funny but those are all sure ways to get free time 😉

  • Milo January 22, 2010, 3:05 am

    “only” make love three times a week? Chance would be a fine thing 😉

  • Mike CJ January 22, 2010, 3:38 am

    Great list Gordie. What on earth am I going to do with all the time I’m going to save by following all those steps?

  • Eduard @ Ideas With A Kick January 22, 2010, 3:57 am

    Very creative. I really didn’t think about some of those things on the list, but now that I think about them, they seem useful. Like: live on the lower floor of a building. Dang! I’m on the 9th floor 🙂

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:39 am

      Saves on traveling up the stairs or in the elevator. 🙂

  • Heather January 22, 2010, 4:56 am

    “1. Don’t have children.”

    Is it wrong that I actually find that one the easiest from the list? Lol, the whole thing certainly brought a smile to my face this morning. Loved the post 🙂

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:35 am

      Lol! And for people who have already had kids, make sure they leave home when they turn 18. 😉

  • Jimi Jones January 22, 2010, 5:13 am

    Hey Josh and Gordie!
    Fine list there, Gordie. I have been an observer of number 44 for most of my life. Just don’t even think about it, get moving. A lot of good ones here to try.

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 5:46 am

      That’s the one I’ve struggled with the most. 🙂

  • Gordie January 22, 2010, 5:15 am

    @Milo It’s just an approximate figure, not too scientific. 😉

    @Oscar @Mike You can continue to build you Internet empire. Also, a bit more diving. 🙂

  • Henri Junttila January 22, 2010, 5:52 am

    Excellent. Now I have a lot of tips on how to improve my life and get more time. I’m already turning on my computer and getting dressed, so that’s nothing new!

    I don’t even have a TV and I don’t even shower, so I’m way ahead of the game it seems 😉

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:38 am

      Don’t even shower? You must be a time management guru or something. 🙂

  • Nathan Hangen January 22, 2010, 6:10 am

    That’s a hell of a pic Gordie…you are a brave man 🙂

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:34 am

      Brave or crazy. There’s a fine line. 🙂

  • Todd January 22, 2010, 7:38 am

    21. Keep your hair really short or shave it like Josh. — I even have my wife do this for me. Not spending time in the barber shop/hair cutting joint saves a ton of time (and money).

    42. Use Chrome or Firefox, rather than Internet Explorer. It seems Chrome wins out on speed. — I’ve sorta become anti-Google though. Can I just stick with Firefox?

    43. Only make love three times per week and remember foreplay isn’t necessary every time. — Can I stay at 5X/wk, and just not worry about her needs? Never mind, that won’t save any time in the long run.

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 7:52 am

      Hey Todd,
      I think Firefox is fine, however be careful of how many add ons you use.

      Thinking about guys like Darren Rowse and Seth Godin, now I know that number 21 can really have results. 🙂

  • Terrence January 22, 2010, 8:01 am

    Good list. I do some of these things already. For instance, I only pratice guitar two hours a day (except on sat 4hrs) then, get up and go on with my day. I retain what I learned from that day and I progress faster.

    p.s. I don’t like that pic at the top of your post. I doesn’t look right!! I just doesn’t look right!! LOL!!

    • Josh Hanagarne January 22, 2010, 9:23 am


    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:37 am

      You can’t tell me I’m the only one who eats sausage like that. 🙂

  • Robert Bravery January 22, 2010, 9:57 am

    Some of these are really funny. But some, though humorous can be really serious.

    But I wonder how much time I would be saving. mmmm

    • Josh Hanagarne January 22, 2010, 11:49 am

      Robert, I’ve done some math. You would save 900 million seconds in your lifetime.

  • Lisis January 22, 2010, 10:06 am

    Oh, my sweet Lord… Gordie… what does one say to a list like this? You’ve covered all the bases, it seems.

    I’d have to veto #43 (take it down to twice and keep the foreplay), and I’m too late for #1, but other than that, pretty solid advice. 😉

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:33 pm

      That’s a great compromise and you can make up the the time wasted on foreplay by replacing a cooked meal with delivered takeout. 🙂

  • Srinivas Rao January 22, 2010, 10:34 am

    Interesting list Gordie. Some of them seem worth implementing. Others I’m gonna have to discard like #43.As Nathan said you are brave for putting up that picture 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne January 22, 2010, 11:48 am


    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:35 pm

      For you Srinivas and Josh I should have edited #43 “to three times per day.” Can’t control young stallions. 🙂

  • Eric January 22, 2010, 10:55 am

    The picture is disturbing on a couple of levels.

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:35 pm

      It helps to keep people guessing. 😉

  • Lori January 22, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Three syllables:
    “What the eff!”

    Gordie, you are out of control.


    • Josh Hanagarne January 22, 2010, 6:31 pm

      This was one of the better lists I’ve read. I think Gordie gets a kick out of being bizarre.

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:37 pm

      Thanks, Lori. Josh brings out the best in me. 🙂

  • Debbie Ferm January 22, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Gross Gordie…Just…Gross. 🙂

    • Gordie January 22, 2010, 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! 🙂

  • Mike January 22, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Outsourcing or delegating is so powerful, especially at work. Hoarding knowledge or information as a means of job security??? forget that! Tell people how to do something so you’re not the only go to guy!

    Good post by the way:)

    • Gordie January 23, 2010, 8:02 pm

      Hey Mike,
      Yeah, definitely don’t want to hoard all that in the name of job security. Nothing quite as stressful as always being interrupted at work because no one else knows how to do something.

  • Roman February 3, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Some are ok, but some are just better be a jk….
    No kids, no foreplay, rareshower, and insideout underware…. come on….