Most people feel as if there is too much to do every day and not enough time to do it. But how do some people who are super-productive, seem to get so much more done than the average person? The way to explain it is that they’ve figured out what they needed to do, prioritize it and nothing else.
Determine What’s Important
Can you think about some things that take up your time during the day? There are some things that really aren’t that important, but you do them anyway. Maybe you talk on the phone to a relative every day for an hour, or you watch too much TV, or spend too much time scrolling through social media. Sit down and brainstorm what is important in your life, (write it down) think about setting a time limit on those things, create a schedule, use a timer to focus on the important things you’ve listed.
They say that millionaires don’t use “to-do” lists, but instead they schedule everything. Once you know what’s important, use a calendar to schedule everything, including leisure time. This might not sound romantic, but scheduling in date night with your spouse and sticking to it will ensure that it happens. Ultimately, if something is important to do, it’s important to get it into your calendar. Here are different ways to schedule things. When you schedule things, be realistic about the time factor so you don’t overbook yourself.
Learn to Say No
Do you have a lot of people, family, friends, co-workers, and bosses asking you to do all sorts of things that you really don’t want to do, don’t care about doing and doesn’t really make a big difference in your life other than to suck time from your day? Realize that it’s OK to say no to things that just aren’t important to you. It’s okay if people don’t like your answer, they’ll get used to it and find someone else to do it. Learn how to use your power by setting boundaries.
Start Your Own Business
There is a saying that only entrepreneurs quit a 40-hour-a-week job to work 80 and call it freedom. But it doesn’t really have to be all that bad. Entrepreneurs often have a great work-life balance that includes setting boundaries, scheduling everything, and learning to say no. The trick is to pick a business that you can eventually be hand-off to someone, so that you only manage it, and other people do the work.
Limit Watching Television
It’s amazing what kind of time TV sucks from your life these days. Now that we have Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming technology, anything we want to watch is available on demand. This makes binge watching a real thing. Save binge watching TV for when you’re sick, or when the weather is bad. Try to limit watching TV to less than 2 hours a day. If you do have more TV time, use physical activity such as following an exercise channel.
Some people get online to work or do research. Others are scrolling on their smartphones and other devices to go on social media for hours on end; it’s a time sucker. While it’s fun, unplug from being online all the time. Close your laptop, turn off your devices, smartphones, tablets, and do something else. Go for a walk, visit a neighbor or friend, start a new hobby, or take time to write in your journal.
Automate What You Can
There are so many things these days that can be automated, with the right time and money. For example, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get many things auto shipped to you, which will save you a trip to the grocery store. Look up the internet of things and you’ll be amazed at the type of automation that exists today.
Outsourcing What You Can
There was a story back in 2013 that created a buzz about a man who outsourced his Verizon security job to China. Read more about it here.
Unless you own your own business you probably don’t want to go that far with it, but you can outsource a lot of things such as yard work, housework, and even cooking if you have the funds to do it. If you don’t like doing it, you can outsource it to someone else, or a virtual assistant giving yourself that added time to do what you do like doing.
Get in Touch with Your Body’s Rhythm
Many people are running around doing too many things trying to beat the clock while running on fumes. They are doing this because their internal body clock is not set to run from morning to night like our society tries to run. It’s easier to do this if you have your own business but try as much as you can to work and sleep when your body tells you to, instead of forcing it out of its natural rhythm. You’ll be more productive; consequently, you’ll save more time.
Acquiring more free time in your life might seem difficult. You might think you’ll always be on that treadmill of working and sleeping without any breaks. But, if you schedule things better, find a better job that works with your needs, and focus on what’s important in your life, you can manage to find more free time in your life.
Some people may need an accountability partner to get things done. You can enlist a friend, a family member or a colleague and they don’t have to accomplish the same goals as you. When selecting an accountability partner, make sure they are trustworthy and keep things private and confidential. If you need help, let me know how I can assist you with achieving your goals? Schedule a time to talk about this with me here.