Have you ever worked in your office, were running around from one task to another, and at the end of that time, you had nothing to show for? What happen? Where did the time go? Trust me, you are not alone. This time sucking phenomenon is out of control in our society.
Every day, from the moment we wake up, we are being bombarded with TV commercials, thousands of emails (most of them spam), dozens of items on our to-do list, and advertisements wherever we look. It’s insane. You can’t keep up with everything. It’s impossible. So today, I decided to give you some tips on getting more stuff done in less time and less effort. I use these tactics in my business everyday. I hope they will help you as well.
Oh, by the way, I’ve seen some people charge for these time management tactics so don’t think that because I am giving them away to you for free, they must not be as good as the $67 ebook you can purchase somewhere else on the internet.
To start you off, here are 3 tactics that will allow you to get more done in less time and less effort…
Tactic #1:- Create your Master to-do list the night before.
Don’t put too many items or you might get overwhelmed. I stick with about 10-15 items. Some of them are fun. Trust me, you need them in there. Also, the reason why you write your list the night before is because when you do that, your unconscious mind will work on your to-do list over night and in the morning. So, when you get to your item, you’ll be better prepared and more energized to do them. Do some fun items first. It will get you going and energized. Once you complete an item, cross it off with a red pen. (That works for me because it shows me visually that I have accomplished that item and it is DONE.) I also like to use mind mapping which is a topic for another post. (let me know if you would want to know more about it.) Whatever items you don’t finish that, transfer them to the next day.
Tactic #2 – Figure out your Prime-Time.
What is prime time? Well your prime time is the time of the day when you work the best. For some people, its early in the morning, for some it’s late at night. Personally, I work better in the evening. I always did. So, when that time comes, I’m ready to rock. I already know what I am going to do because of tactic #1 and my brain is ready to act. Once you are there, you move on to tactic #3 which is…
Tactic #3 – Round #1 begins and the bell rings…
Here’s what you do. Trust me on this one, it works wonders. You will get more done in less time just doing this one technique. You get a timer, any kind of timer. I have a cheap, $5 digital timer that counts down and sounds an alarm when the time is up. (Sidenote: If you read anything by Napoleon Hill, then you know what I’m talking about).
Set your time to 35, 45, or 50 minutes. It all depends on you. You might have to experiment with it a little and see which time is best for you. I use 50 minutes. When the time starts, I do exactly what my highest priority is for that time and nothing else. No checking email, no browsing the internet (unless I do research but that’s structured as well) no getting up and getting a snack, no answering phone calls (I ignore it or put it away so I don’t hear it), you don’t do anything else but that one thing for the entire time.
I also like to look at my timer because as the time winds down, it gets me going even more, it pushes me to do more. And when the time stops, I get up, even if I’m in the middle of something and relax, walk around, stretch for about 10 minutes and then it’s go-time for Round #2.
Important: It is extremely important that you rest for that short time. You need to recharge. Believe me, your mind will be even more creative when you get back. When you get back for round 2, your mind will tell you what and how you need to do something. It’s amazing…
There you have it. I promise you, just using those 3 techniques will get more more productive than ever. And if you want more simple and effective time management techniques, you can read one of my other posts that gives you access to my #1 recommended time management and productivity resource here The best part is that it’s free.
So, I want to hear from you. What do you do to help you be more productive? Share your views, stories and techniques with me. I want to hear from you. On the other hand, are you frustrated with time management and productivity? What frustrates you the most? Post your comments below. If you like the post, you can click on any of the icons below to share with others. As always, I appreciate you reading my blog.
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