It may seem like an insignificant shortcut, but writing ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ could save you big-time.

Well, 8 minutes every year to be exact.

That’s the finding of a new report by the Time Management Association.

It calculated the average Australian writes the word ‘you’ 2,200 times per year and it takes them 0.6 seconds each time, or a total of 22 minutes.

But those who write ‘u’ instead, only need 0.4 seconds each time, or a total of 14 minutes.

“That’s a saving of 8 minutes every year,” says Ivan Verdich from the Time Management Association. “In fact, it’s a total of 10 hours over the average human life.”

Darlinghurst man Simon Watts, pictured above, is among the millions of Australians who write ‘u’ instead of ‘you.’

“This research vindicates the use of this important shortcut,” he says. “Anyone who uses it, is doing themselves a big favour in terms of time management and overall well-being.”

The Time Management Association estimates that only 11% of Australian’s choose to write ‘u’ over ‘you’ on a regular basis.