What Are You Currently Doing To Save Time And Boost Your Productivity?
We all want to the most out of our day, so how do you save time and boost your productivity? I write about self-improvement, and I can tell you that there’s no way to grow and self- improve if you are not being productive with your time.
It is all about planning and setting priorities. Knowing what your plans for the day, week, month will be is important.
I am a planner and an organizer, so I function best when I know what I am doing and when. Having a toddler means I have to be flexible, but you get the idea.
Do you ever feel like you have so much work to do that you do not even want to get up from your desk or working space? Not even to get a glass of water or some fresh air?
I am that way. The healthier choice is to take a break at least once every hour.
Get your eyes off the screen for at least 5 – 10 mins, drink water, stretch your legs.
Your mind isn’t designed to work full force all day long. The brain is for processing, not storage.
I find that how I start my morning sets the tone for the rest of my day. I like working at night when the house is quiet, but, I am only productive with my work is my day has gone as planned.
How Do You Save Time And Boost Productivity?
There are lots of ways. I have a great list of 15 ways, but I narrowed this down to 10 ways for you by combining some of the other five into the ones listed below.
See? I am already helping you save time and boost productivity.
1. Love What You Do
I usually save the best for last, but this should stay here at number one.
You have to love what you to maximize productivity. If you are not enjoying what you are doing then it is likely that your work will be counter-productive, or not reaching it’s full potential.
2. Find Your Prime Time
Everyone has a time of day when they are most productive. For some it is early in the morning, others late at night. Whichever way, use that time of the day to work on your tasks. Allocate a realistic amount of time for you to start and complete at least one task during that time.
3. Follow The Two-Minute Rule
This is something I learned from David Allen, a time management consultant and best-selling author. His two minute rules is this: If you determine an action can be done in two minutes, you should do it right then.“Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin FranklinClick To Tweet
It really works and will help you not only procrastinate less, but save time and boost your productivity.
4. Learn To Say No
I wrote a post on this which will help you tremendously. In it I explain why saying “no” can be one of the best things you do daily. You can read it here.
5. Don’t Multitask
One would think that multitasking would be the best way to save time and boost productivity but that is not true. It only makes the time you take for completing each task take longer. If you want to optimize your productivity, focus on one thing at a time.
6. Prioritize, Prioritize , Prioritize
Figure out what the three most important tasks are that need completion and just do them. Plan and prioritize your tasks the night before so the next morning you have a clear picture of what needs to be done. This will not only motivate you, but help you in goal setting and planning, I have a free goal setting guide you can download here.
7. Eliminate Distractions
If only it were so easy. I look at my phone a lot and have lots of tabs open on my laptop all the time. I try not to multitask or become distracted by things. I know I mentioned not multitasking above, but I am human, guilty as charged. I am a work in progress and getting better. 🙂
8. Remove Clutter From Your Desk
I cannot work in a messy environment, I just can’t. It makes me feel all scatterbrained. All the clutter is a distraction for me. How about you? Does decluttering your desk help you feel like you are more organized? Ready to work?
Staying hydrated throughout the day will help you keep your energy levels up. I don’t drink as much water as I should but I am getting better at it. I love adding a few drops of lemon to my water to give it a better taste and instant boost.
10. Turn Off Social Media
When I am working on a particular task or need to meet a deadline I need to turn off my social media.
Do you ever feel like you are swamped with Facebook notifications and WhatsApp alerts? Turn these off or keep your phone out of sight. In order to save time and boost your productivity, you can also allocate time in your day to spend on social media. You can click on the pin below to save this post without having to go directly to your Pinterest page. 🙂 Efficient right?
It is important though to stick to those times. It is hard – yes, but when you make it a habit, you won’t miss it at all. It is amazing how many hours in the day you can gain by staying off social media.
These ten tips and suggestions on how to save time and boost your productivity are not set in stone. They are guidelines in order to get you started on the best way to be and stay productive. You might find that some work for you and others don’t.
Your daily life, routine and schedule will be factors that you need to take into consideration when implementing these tips. Prioritizing and eliminating should become a daily habit.
Do you have additional ways that save time and boost your productivity? Please share them with me in the comments section below.