What is your relationship with time? Do you feel like you have an abundance of it, or is there never enough time in a day to accomplish everything you had planned. Here are a few tips to up your efficiency and increase your productivity!
1. Prioritize– Looking at a page long to-do list can be overwhelming! Where do you even start? This strategy is setting yourself up to notice all the things you did not complete that day. Instead, choose 3 main actions that you feel are most important for that day.
2. Single-Pointed Focus– I used to be the queen of multi-tasking, my computer always had 10+ browsers open and I would easily get pulled into a new activity, leaving many things partially completed. Instead, do ONE thing at a time and give it your complete attention. This will allow you to produce your best work, get things done correctly, and optimize your time while minimizing procrastination. This has made a HUGE difference in the amount of work I accomplish in a day.
3. Schedule your entire day, every hour– if something is not written in your schedule, it’s not getting done. Assigning specific time frames and accounting for all hours of your day will allow for the best usage of your time. Stick to it! Make sure to give yourself down time, schedule time with friends, relaxation, and self care. This will also help you identify how you are spending your time, and get rid of distractions that are not helping you reach your goals.
4. Wake up Earlier– This is a way to actually add hours to your day and is completely life changing. The quiet morning hours have become my favorite part of the day. You also may find that this is the time where you feel most productive and creative. It will be tough at first, but stay consistent and your body will adjust. Try waking up 15 minutes earlier at first, and gradually increase.
5. Change Your Mindset- Try reframing the way you talk about time. Next time you want to say “I don’t have time for that,” instead replace it with “I am not choosing to make the time for that”or “I am prioritizing other things right now.” This will help you take responsibility for your choices and identify what is most important to you in this current state.
Remind yourself that you choose how to spend your time each and every day, if there is something you want to do, make time for it!