Fact: there are only 24 hours in a day for all of us.
You can’t change that and you can’t buy more time.
But there are several things that you can do to make the most of your time.
So if you are one of those people that finds the day rushes by without having achieved what you wanted to do, then read on.
These are easy-peasy small changes you can put into practice and that will make a difference to what you achieve.
1. Set realistic goals
What do you want to achieve by the end of this month / week / day?
Don’t keep it all in your head. Write it all down. Have a ‘brain dump’. It feels much better once it’s out of your head and on to paper.
But be realistic, don’t set yourself up for disappointment, which brings me to…
2. Be sure to add some ‘time buffers’
I’ve always done this. In the corporate world I would set myself some ‘time buffers’ to make sure I never missed a deadline. And it worked. So I apply this to my business and my personal life too.
If I finish before (which I usually do), it feels good and I don’t have that ‘last minute’ panic which just tips me over the edge and turns me into crazy woman.
There is no rule as to how much time to allow extra – play around and see what works for you.
3. Determine what is urgent and important
Almost every day we are faced with a lot of different things that fight for our attention and time.
So how do you decide which ones to pick?
Start by seeing which ones are at the same time urgent AND important.
- Something URGENT is very time sensitive. It’s ‘hot hot hot’ and if you don’t deal with it now it will burn.
- Something IMPORTANT is not necessarily time sensitive, but rather it matters to you in the long run, so it also needs your attention.
Be careful not to fill up your day with things that are urgent but not really that important.
4. Start saying ‘no’
If you tend to say ’yes’ to every request for your time and then feel bothered that you didn’t get what you wanted to get done, then you need to change that.
Start saying ‘no’. By all means go on doing things you enjoy with people and helping them, but not all things and not all the time.
Make sure that when you say ‘yes’ to someone you aren’t saying ‘no’ to yourself and preventing yourself from finishing something that is important to you.
5. Stop muti-tasking
As a woman I am always proud to say I am a multitasker. I thought (and secretly I still think) I was a really good multi-tasker.
BUT the fact of the matter is that when you are doing several things at the same time you aren’t focused, so you get distracted and end up not doing any of the things properly.
Believe me, I still struggle with this one, as naturally I like to flit from one thing to another, when you stop multi-tasking and you focus on one thing at a time you finish it quicker and do a better job because you are focused.
Pick one of the productivity boosters you want to start putting into practice right away – not next week or next month.
Just start with one and see what a difference it makes and what you start to notice. I’d love for you to share in the comments which one you choose.