We all know that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. So, how do some people seem to do more each day than others can do in a week? If you are wondering the same thing, here are 5 tips to squeeze more productive time out of your day.
Beware the dragons
Okay, I just wrote that because I thought it sounded cool. There are tons of things you do every day that are a complete waste of time. One of my biggest dragons is the bathroom. I can spend hours in there primping, but I won’t have anything to show for all that time. I have learned to keep a clock in my bathroom so I don’t lose track of time.
Set a timer
Anytime I am on a computer, I find that I need to set some sort of timer to keep me on track. Once I spent two hours on Facebook only to notice the time and wonder what happened to the past two hours. By setting a timer, I am limiting how much time I will just hang out on a site like Facebook or looking at gowns. Also, turn off your notifications and schedule when you will check email or Facebook.
Keep a diary
Create a log sheet with 5, 10 or 15 minute intervals per day. Then over the course of three or four days, log what you do from the moment you wake up to the time you fall asleep. This will give you insight as to where you spend your time. Don’t just block out an eight hour work block, write down exactly what you are doing at work. Also, be aware of how you spend your time at the gym. I could easily spend two hours there but only really do about a half hour of working out. The rest of my session would be spent chatting.
Create a schedule for your “to do” list
I am pretty good at creating a “to do” list everyday. I find that if I don’t set a specific time to do each item, I will find other things to do instead. By setting the times to do things I don’t really want to do, I am holding myself accountable. It also allows others to know that this is when I do certain things, like working out. I have fewer interruptions because they know that I will be finished at a certain point and can wait until then to talk to me.