Mono, ON (Adam Jones) Some days, my life was like a plate of scrambled eggs. All messed up, and despite my best efforts nothing got accomplished. Time was not on my side at all. Despite an exhausting 14 hour workday, I was making very little money.
I needed a change so I put in place these five simple steps to give me more personal time:
1. Simplify Your Schedule
You can save a lot of time by eliminating repetition. Do things less often or do them once instead of twice. Clean your house once every ten days instead of every 7 days. The house won’t get dirty in those three extra days. Make a work report every six week not every four weeks if possible. Keep meetings to inform yourself on ongoing projects twice a month not every week. And the list of low priority things can go on forever.
2. Challenge yourself!
Watch the clock and settle to finish an activity by a certain hour. Focus, get rid of anything that could distract you and be more efficient. Work to do one thing at a time, and finish the project 100%.
3. Ask more out of 15 minutes.
Can you find 15 minutes a day that you could use to better effect? Is there lost time in your activities? Or a less important activity you can give up on? If you manage to save 15 minutes every day, you will win in fact 91 hours every year!
4. Do a list of little activities that don’t take you more than a couple of minutes.
Of course, we usually want to deal with the important problems first. But when tired, stressed, or in a bad mood, we find it hard to concentrate and we lose our time forcing ourselves. A list of simple activities will help you push up your productivity. It is always better to know you did something, even is it is small, than to realize you haven’t even started anything. Complete a simple task. That can set you sailing through the rest of your more complicated activities.
5. Make large projects more time manageable.
On LARGE projects, it is better to tell yourself: “I will work on this for 2 hours.” Then see how much you can get done during this interval. Focus and try to do all you can during that two hours. This is excellent advice to solve problems. You can make progress on projects you avoided lately.
These are some simple steps that help you organize your day and get more done. You will have a more profitable day and spend more time with your family.