If you call productivity expert Nicole Bandes, don’t expect to hear a few rings. A machine-generated voice answers instead, prompting you to press one to reach her or simply hang up if you are a solicitor.
“It’s a time saver!” Bandes told The Huffington Post. “It cuts down on all those robo-calls.”
Activating her phone company’s feature to block unwanted callers is just one of the many ways Bandes helps herself and her clients free up more time. As a self-professed “naturally lazy person” with big goals for her career, Bandes strives to find ways she can make herself and others more efficient.
But Bandes says that maximizing time goes beyond the office. After losing her son a little more than three years ago, she has funneled her energy into helping other people learn how to make the most of the days they have ― a job she considers a greater purpose.
“I realized I did not have any regrets about the way I managed my time. I spent time with my children when it mattered,” Bandes explained. “It kind of became this silver lining.”
Below Bandes offers a few tips to maximize every minute of your life, from the workplace to your personal life:
Most importantly, as you go about your mission of maximizing each hour, remember to take it easy on yourself. Completing your to-do list is one thing, but placing a ton of pressure on yourself to “do it all” is a task worth dropping.