6 Time-Saving & Productivity Tips

02 Feb

 

All of us lead busy lives but it doesn't need to be overwhelming. If you’re a busy person, here are some great time-saving and productivity tips to use in your daily life that work wonders in freeing up schedules.

All of us lead busy lives but it doesn't need to be overwhelming. If you’re a busy person, here are some great time-saving and productivity tips to use in your daily life that work wonders in freeing up schedules.

1. Do less. 

Simplify your schedule by doing fewer things but focusing on the important things. This will greatly increase the impact of the time you do work, decreasing the time you need to work.

2. Get the important stuff done early. 

Pick the top 2-3 things you need or want to accomplish today, and get those done first. While on other days you might push these important things back (and possibly not get them done at all), if you do them first the rest of your day will be easy.

3. Focus on one project and get it done.

Instead of juggling a large number of projects, set aside a block of time to do one project until completion. Often this means setting aside half a day or a day to work on a project, and I try to complete it if at all possible. This also means clearing your schedule, so you may get other tasks done beforehand and won’t schedule anything else for that block of time. Then work on that project exclusively and try very hard to get it done.

4. Learn to say no.

This is crucial if you want to have a simplified schedule. We all receive numerous requests each day, and all of them are demands on our time. If we say “yes” to those requests, we are giving up our time and committing to doing something for someone else. But if those requests aren’t in line with our priorities, then we are usually biting off more than we want to chew. So learn to say “no” instead and often people will understand.

5. Disconnect when possible.

When you really want to focus on a task, and really get it done, try to disconnect from the Internet. Sometimes this means just closing your browser, other times it will mean disconnecting from your wireless network, and still other times unplug the cord. However you do it, disconnecting from the Internet is a great way to get things done. Of course, you’ll eventually want to re-connect, but having blocks of time when you’re disconnected can be extremely productive.

6. Keep things clutter-free.

Being clutter-free at home or at your work-space is a positive thing because: 1) it helps you to focus on what you’re doing instead of being distracted by visual clutter; 2) it’s more serene and relaxing; and 3) it saves time. How does it save time? It makes things easier to find, easier to clean, easier to navigate, and reduces wasted time reshuffling, sorting, looking through, and clearing away piles of clutter.