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How to Get More Done Each Day

15th May 2017 by Suz No comments

How many times have you uttered the words, “I wish there was more time in the day”?

You have 100 things on your plate, due dates are approaching, you’re eyes are bloodshot, and all you can think about is how fast the hours are flying by without your ToDo list getting smaller.

The initial reaction to needing to find more hours in the day is to sleep less.

So you pull some all nighters and find drinks/pills caffeinated enough to keep you energized and focused to make all of your deadlines. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you make your deadlines by the skin of your teeth. Sometimes the planets align and you’re able to make it all work.

And then you crash.

The problem is that you’re putting all of your energy and time (both of which you wish you had more) into working harder when you should be using both of those precious resources to work smarter.

You have enough time to do what you need to do. In order to trust in that fact, you have to focus on managing your energy.

Here are 3 (sometimes counter-intuitive) tips to help you work smarter and manage your time better:

#1 – Give Yourself LESS Time
Parkinson’s law says, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In other words if you leave your day open to finish a task, it will take you all day. If you allow yourself just enough time to finish how long a task should realistically take you will get it done. Check out this great video on the science of productivity and how you can cut the fat (wasted time) from your day by working more deliberately.

#2 – Set a Timer
Accurately determining how long a project will take is crucial in order for you to plan how you use your time. Know that this may be a trial and error period. Don’t be hard on yourself, just stay focused. Using apps like Rescue Time are great for catching yourself in a bad time-wasting habit and redirecting your focus back to task.

#3 – Re-Evaluate Your ToDo List 
I’m a fan of purging all of your tasks onto a master ToDo list, however from a day-to-day management perspective, it’s best to look at a list that has no more than 3 major tasks for you to complete. Remember, we are NOT fans of multitasking here. Want to know how to go about this? Inc.com provides some great tips on overhauling your ToDo list, click here.

 


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