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The best time to rent the new, in-demand video releases generally is after work on Monday or Tuesday afternoons, according to the managers of video rental stores.

Those most popular movies tend to vanish from the shelves on Friday mornings.But, as more than one manager said, the renters "usually bring them back around 4:30 or 6 p.m. Monday. "You'd have a good chance then." Many of the franchise operations do not hold videos for customers. Some video stores do take reservations, however, so you should ask. (BU) Don't waste time thinking or procrastinating about performing some task, says William Knaus, author of "Do It Now: How to Stop Procrastinating." Knaus suggests committing five minutes each day to starting some task that you have been putting off. When that time is up, then decide if you can handle another five minutes. Chances are, you will have built up enough momentum to forge ahead.

How do you save time? Share your ideas by writing "Time Shavers" at The Commercial Appeal, 495 Union Ave., Memphis, Tenn., 38103. Here's a time-saving tip - keep it short!