If you are anything like the rest of the population, you probably think there are not enough hours in the day, right? Unfortunately, I’m not about to release a hack to get more hours of your day, but I AM going to help you understand how you can get more done in your day!
Strategy, Strategy, Strategy!
Even if you are not building a multi-million dollar corporation, you should still be creating a strategy to tackle your day. The night before, try and write out or just think about what you are trying to get done the next day.
Whatever you need or must-do for the day should be the first thing you focus on. You always want to start off with your most important task. Why? It’s simple. Your energy levels are highest at the beginning of the day. This means whatever you are working on will have your full focus. You are going to get the biggest thing out of the way and everything else will seem small. Therefore, you are going to feel like it is a piece of cake! Productivity is really about one thing:
When creating your daily strategy, make sure you are setting goals. If you are writing an Ebook for your blog, say that you want to get a certain number of pages done. Maybe you are just focused on your household tasks. Tell yourself that you are going to complete all of the laundry. Your goals do not have to be big. In fact, they should be obtainable.
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Block Out Time For Different Tasks
The truth is that we cannot work 24/7. Even if you think you can, something in your life is probably slacking! One of the best ways to get more done in the day is to make sure you are blocking out time for different tasks you are looking to accomplish.
We have all heard the idea of working for twenty minutes and resting for five. Even if you think it is wasting time, you are actually working smarter! During that 20 minutes, you know that you are fully focused on the task you are working on. The fact that you know you have 5 minutes to do whatever you want is almost like a little reward. After the five minute break, you can continue to work on your main task, or you can even shift to another task that you want to get started on.
Another time-blocking strategy that I use is to separate my tasks that I need to do versus my tasks that I want to do. In the morning when my energy is at its peak, I will work on any articles I have to prepare or any outstanding tasks that I need to get done in terms of content creation or blog. That leaves my entire afternoon to do things that I want to work on like creating more resources for you, or even to do research or plan out the following day.
Leave Time in Your Day for You
So much of your day is consumed by taking care of others. Sometimes you may be forgetting to take care of yourself. I know what you’re thinking…I promise this will actually help you get more done!
One thing you need to realize is that we are unproductive when our energy drains. Our energy drains naturally from just living our lives. One part of self-care is that it actually helps us recharge. During your day, set aside a few minutes between your tasks. It can be as short as 5 minutes, or maybe a full hour if it is available to you.
A few of my favorite ways to recharge is to spend time with my dogs, go on walks, work on my journals, meditate, or even just to sit and watch a Youtube video or something on TV. Whatever helps you just feel a bit of a break is perfect! It may help you to set a timer so that you know when to get back to work too!