Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you struggle to do everything you need, and want, to?
It was easier to get stuff done in Senigallia, where going anywhere never took more than 15 minutes, and there was always family around to help me out anyway. Now, that I’m alone in the big city of London, I have to be lot smarter at managing my time if I want to get anything done at all.
To my surprise, I’m actually getting a lot more done in a lot less time. How I do it? Here are my productivity secrets:
1. Know what matters and make it a priority
What matters the most to you? What do you need to do to get closer to your goals and dreams? Figure it out, and make it a priority. Write down the three most important tasks that will get your there, and start working on them as soon as you wake up (ok, you can shower and have breakfast first 🙂 ). Three is an achievable number, and if you can do more, all the better!
2. Beat The time thieves
You know those little distractions that seem to steal your time without you even noticing? Like online window shopping, watching funny cat videos on youtube, or social media notifications that keep popping up on your phone? All time thieves. Turn them off while you’re working. Schedule time for them in your breaks. For example, after completing that blog post, take 10 minutes off to watch a couple of funny videos before tackling the next task on your to-do list. Beat the thieves and get your time back.
I have the attention span of a gnat, so I really struggle with unitasking. My mind wants to do one thing one minute, and a different one the next. But, when I batch process my tasks, and focus on only one thing, I get a lot more done in a lot less time. Focus is key to productivity. Lose it, and you won’t get anywhere.
4. Time your time
I find it much easier to unitask and avoid time thieves when I use a timer. If I know I only have one hour to complete a task, like writing a blog post, then I get down to it, without procrastinating. Even when inspiration has left me, and I stare at a blank screen, the time limit forces me to write something, anything,hoo on the page. Pretty soon, my creative juices start flowing again and, by the time the timer rings, I’ve either finished the task or feel so fired up I’ll want to continue and finish it. Most tasks, though, take a lot less time than expected. Again, that’s the power of focus.
5. Get an accountability partner
If you still need some help to stay on track, get an accountability partner. At the start of every week, tell your friends what you want to achieve. Saying your goals out loud to someone else makes you take the necessary steps to accomplish them. When you do, you can celebrate together.
How do you do more in less time?