5 tips for being more productive with less time
Know what your distractions are and make sure they aren’t easy to access. The key to replacing bad habits with good ones is to make sure the bad habit is harder to do and that the good habit you want to replace it with is actually the easier option.
If for example, you struggle to get started with work in the morning and find yourself scrolling Instagram, log out of Instagram before bed and do some prep for the work you need to do first thing in the morning. When you wake up, starting your work will be easier than usual, and accessing Instagram will be harder than usual.
Be realistic with your timings.
Sometimes we think that giving ourselves strict deadlines will make us more productive but if you give yourself an unrealistic deadline such as doing 5 hours of content in 30 minutes, you will find it harder than ever to get started because deep down, you know you’re setting yourself up to fail (and we’ll do whatever it takes to avoid failure!)
Split your to-do list into must-do and nice-to-do.
If you make a list of everything you want to get done, it will be so long you might feel overwhelmed to the point of freezing and getting nothing done.
Instead, give yourself three tasks for your to-do list. Tell yourself that as long as those three tasks are completed, it’s been a good day. Any other tasks need to be on a nice-to-do list and will only get done if you have time or feel motivated and that’s OK.
Collapse time. If time is a real issue for you, think outside the box. How can you serve five people with the same time it would take to serve one? How can you do two tasks simultaneously?
Question how you’re currently viewing your time. If for example, you listen to an hour-long podcast on 2x speed while cooking dinner, you’re getting double the amount of tasks done!
Remember though, that humans aren’t great at multi-tasking so be cautious of when you’re doing it. Travel time, time sitting in waiting rooms, or time cleaning and cooking are great times to double up with a podcast or audiobook but don’t go overboard!