Two of my biggest pet-peeves are a lack of efficiency and wasting time. I’m sure you can see why someone passionate about productivity would have these hot buttons, but seriously, few things infuriate me more.
If you don’t put a price on your time, you should. It is one of the most precious commodities we have and something I am not willing to easily waste.
As such, I am always looking to make the most bang for my time-buck so-to-speak. Here are some of my best tips for getting the most out of your time:
1. Have a plan. Know what you need to accomplish and how you will accomplish it. Sometimes the plan is just to have some time to think about how you’ll do something. Yes, my plans have plans.
With blogging for example, I don’t open my computer without a specific task or goal in mind. I know that if I were to do that, I would find myself online shopping or deep in social media, and wouldn’t be getting anything done.
I use my bullet journal to keep a list each day of priorities/tasks I want to accomplish, and I make sure I get those done before I do anything else.
2. Schedule a productive power hour to hyper focus on a particular goal. Schedule one hour and work non-stop on your goal, task, or project, until the timer goes off. I have done these for YEARS and it’s my #1 productivity hack!
3. Eliminate distractions. For me, my phone is a big one. With two little ones I can’t always put it on Do Not Disturb, so I’ll just turn the text vibrate off. That way, the only way it would interrupt me is because of a phone call (and I don’t get many of those unless there is something urgent).
I’ve seen others use technology like a FitBit or Apple Watch that can notify you of a call/text so you don’t have to worry about missing a critical call, without the distraction of reading every detail.
4. Have an idea of your personal IF/THEN function. For example, if I have 15 minutes, I’ll throw a load of laundry or I’ll make one client phone call. It’s even better if you can make a list of these things and keep it somewhere visible. You’ll find yourself filling otherwise wasted time with productive tasks.
If I have 5 minutes (waiting for an appointment, stuck in traffic, commercial break of my favorite TV show) THEN I will pin to my boards on Pinterest for blog promotion.
5. Follow the 2-minute rule. My personal productivity guru David Allen says if you can do it in 2-minutes or less, do it now. Apply this while cleaning your kitchen after making dinner, and you’ll be absolutely amazed at how much you get done in an often-cluttered room!
What do you do to get the most out of your time and be insanely productive?
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