Here's how I saved 44.8 hours every year

19 September 2023

I used Raycast + Google Meet QuickLink to create instant meetings which used me to take me around 2 minutes to setup a new call.

Do you ever stop to think about the small tasks that add up over time and steal precious moments from your day? I certainly did, and it led me to a surprising revelation. In this post, I want to share how a seemingly trivial task – setting up meetings – was taking away almost 2 days of my year.

The Time Drain

Every day, I found myself spending nearly 2 minutes setting up a new meeting. It may not seem like much, but when you create 3-4 instant meetings daily, it quickly accumulates. That's 6-8 minutes daily or a staggering 44.8 hours in a year!

Think about it – I could have done something far more meaningful with that time. The realization of this time drain left me in disbelief.

The Discovery

However, the turning point came when I stumbled upon a game-changing shortcut in Google Meet. A shortcut that would revolutionize the way I scheduled meetings and save me valuable time.

I began using URL to create quick calls in conjunction with an incredible tool called Raycast. This combination became my secret weapon for optimizing my workflow.

The Power of QuickLinks

Raycast includes a feature called QuickLink. I created a new QuickLink that is linked it to the Google Meet shortcut. With this QuickLink, I can instantly create a new meeting and join the call without any hassle. All I have to do is type "New Meeting" in Raycast, and the magic happens.

I understand that saving a few seconds here and there might seem insignificant, but what I've come to realize is that these small processes add up. They nibble away at your productivity and focus, robbing you of the opportunity to dive into more critical tasks.

The Transformation

By integrating this QuickLink into my workflow, not only have I saved precious time, but I've also overhauled the way I work. The process is streamlined, allowing me to create a meeting with minimal effort. This means fewer distractions and more time to focus on what truly matters.

In conclusion, it's essential to identify and address those seemingly minor time sinks in your daily routine. You'd be amazed at the cumulative effect of these optimizations on your productivity and overall quality of life. My newfound efficiency in setting up meetings is just one example of how small changes can lead to significant improvements.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a closer look at your daily tasks and discover the hidden opportunities to regain your time. It's time to reclaim those 44.8 hours a year and put them to better use.

Haneen Mahdin

Haneen Mahdin

Design Engineer at Truelines

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