Still more ways of reclaiming lost time

Yesterday, I talked about getting rid of TV as a way of reclaiming some lost time. While dozing off last night, I came up with a few more things I can do to get back some time during the day. Some of these are easy to do and I plan on getting started as soon as possible:

  1. Shower only once a week. Granted, it doesn’t take me long to shower; especially if I’m not shaving, I can get through a shower in less than 4 minutes. But 4×6 = 24 minutes or nearly half an hour saved by taking only one shower per week. I can probably write 2 pages in 24 minutes and over the course of a year, that adds up to 104 pages of writing that I can get done by giving up most of my showers.
  2. Wear the same clothes every day. By wearing the same clothes every day, I can save quite a bit of time. First, I don’t have to spend time deciding what to wear the next day; I already know. Second, I don’t have to do laundry as frequently as I do now. One load every couple of days should be adequate. I estimate saving an hour or so per week by doing this. I can write 5 or 6 pages in an hour and that adds up to over 250 pages of writing I can get done each year just by wearing the same clothes every day.
  3. Spend some nights at the office. Why waste the commute time to and from work when I can make better use of that time doing other things. I can sleep in my office, and use the time I would otherwise be using to commute to write. I commute about 1.5 hours per day, five days a week. Granted, I’d have to go home sometimes, but suppose I stayed in the office two nights per week. That would save me 3 hours and in three hours I could write 15-18 pages. Over the course of a year that adds up to 750 pages or enough to produce a novel each year!


April Fools!

Okay, you were probably ahead of me from the beginning, but I simply couldn’t resist. By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, you should take a look at today’s LJ news.

Happy April Fool’s days.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.