New Book Explains How to Save an Extra Hour Every Day

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New book offers 300 practical time management tips for home, work and on the go.

A great guide to the little everyday things you can do at home, work and on the road to save both time and sanity.

Every day has exactly 1,440 minutes in it. Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company, run your own small business or are an independent freelancer, the way you spend those minutes helps or hinders the goals you want to achieve.
Nicolas Soergel, author of the new book Happy About An Extra Hour Everyday (Happy About, 2009) says anyone can create extra time in their life by increasing their efficiency. "If you can save one minute, 60 times a day, you can gain the extra hour needed to make your dreams happen," says Soergel.

Throughout Happy About An Extra Hour Everyday the author offers easy to implement, time saving tips that he terms "quick wins". Here are seven of Soergel's 'quick win' time saving tips.

1. Don't ride the escalator - walk it
The next time you find yourself on an escalator - walk up it's stairs instead of standing still for the ride. You'll gain an extra minute at least and boost your heart health at the same time.

2. Be the first patient on the books
Doctors are notorious for running behind schedule - especially during the later part of the day. Avoid getting delayed at the doctor's office by booking the first appointment in the morning.

3. Wear your oldest pair of shoes when buying new ones
Why bother bringing home you're old pair of clunkers, when you have just bought a shinny new pair of shoes. The solution is to wear your old shoes into the store and put on your new ones on your way out. Ask the sales folks to dispose of your old pair.

4. Reduce your storage space
Common wisdom says that to reduce clutter, you should increase your amount of storage space. While this sounds logical we all know that an empty space is an invitation for more stuff. Instead try reducing your storage space. Each time you dispose of a storage element (a shelf, drawer etc.) go through the items stored there and dispose of everything you no longer use.

5. Change your sleep schedule
By adapting your sleep patterns you can easily can gain up to 15 minutes each day. Here's how: Begin by reducing the amount of time you sleep by 5 minutes every day - either by going to bed a few minutes latter or waking up a few minutes earlier. Every few day increase the amount of time you sleep by 5 minutes, until you are comfortably up to 15 minutes total.

6. Just say no to giveaways
Most of us are regularly offered giveaways that we don't need; do not add any value to our life, and end up taking up space to store and time to sort and clean. One solution is to not take them in the first place. So, the next time the lady at the perfume counter offers you a sample simply say 'no thanks' and walk away.

7. Don't' clean, tidy up
Cleaning and tidying up are two different tasks that require different equipment, time commitments and even cleaning supplies. In order to clean, you first have to tidy up the clutter. To keep your home and office organized tidy up each day and clean once a week.
About the Author:

Nicolas Soergel, was born in Germany in 1969. After completing his studies in business administration at the University of Cologne, he began his career in finance with Sony. Soergel later played a major role in setting up the German, Austrian and Swiss operations of the British vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson.

In 2000, Nicolas moved to Japan where at the age of 34 he became CEO of the Japanese subsidiary of T-Systems - a Deutsche Telekom group company. 3 years later he took over responsibility for the APAC region.

Throughout his professional career Nicolas has had the opportunity to meet and interview executives from around the world on the practical ideas they use to save time and get organized. You can read more at Nicolas's blog:

Endorsements for the Book:

"Millions of people around the world are starving for one thing . . . TIME. Imagine what it would be like if right now you had one more hour each day to do just what you wanted. In this amazing book Nicolas Soergel provides an actionable blueprint for adding more time to your day. If you are among those who starve for more time you MUST read this book."
Jeb Blount, CEO of; Author of "Power Principles and 7 Rules For Outselling the Recession"

"'Happy About An Extra Hour Every Day' is an essential resource for all road warriors. As a 100,000 mile per year traveler, I am always looking for tips to make my trips easier and save some time. This book overflows with simple, easily adaptable ways to do just that. For me, just applying a couple of the tips makes my life easier. Well worth the price of admission!"
Rich Goldman, VP, Corporate Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Synopsys

"A global road warrior for many years, I thought I already was good at time management - but Nico made me think twice! Great reading, straight to the point."
Michael Hofmann, VP, Nokia Corporation

"Don't Procrastinate! Pay attention to the tips in the book that are relevant to you and make them work to save the time you need to get more done."
Vish Mishra, President, TiE [The Indus Entrepreneurs Network] Silicon Valley and Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners

"Easy to find - easy to read - Quick Wins for almost every situation. Winning an extra hour can be so easy."
Heinz Fischer, Managing Director, Loewe

"A must read for every assistant who needs to manage her own and other people's time."
Holger C. Johnson, CEO,

"A great guide to the little everyday things you can do at home, work and on the road to save both time and sanity."
Karen Leland, Bestselling Author of "Time Management In An Instant"

About the Book:

Happy About An Extra Hour Everyday (Happy About, 2009)
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-60005-140-1(1-60005-140-5)
eBook: 978-1-60005-141-8 (1-60005-141-3)

Happy About An Extra Hour Everyday is now available on and from If you would like a copy of the book for review please contact Karen Leland, (415) 260-4615.

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