How to Get More Done in Less Time
Do you catch yourself saying, “There’s just not enough time in a day”?
Are you frustrated that you have a never-ending list of to-dos but can’t seem to tackle them all day?
It’s super frustrating, right?
I get it. It sucks when you have a lot on your plate and you can’t seem to get caught up. There are days I bet you feel like you don’t know if you’re coming or going. You wish there were 10 more of you just so that you could take a breather and actually to do something for yourself for a change.
What if I told you there’s a way to get it all done, feel more fulfilled, and less like a hot mess, would you be intrigued?
Girl, I gotchu!
I’m a busy Mom who is always on the go. I run a thriving business, have kids that need rides here, there, and everywhere, and my own shit to tend to. If I don’t have my shit together, then I am one hot mess mama!
Trust me, looking like a hot mess is not a good thing.
How do you avoid looking like a hot mess and get more done in the small windows of time that you have?
I’m about to share with you some time management and productivity hacks to help you get your act together and cross off all those damn to-dos on your list!
Schedule Your Day
In order to be productive, you should consider scheduling your day. If you don’t have a planner I suggest you get one or use an online application to schedule your day.
Take your list of to-dos and schedule out your day and I mean schedule EVERYTHING! As silly as it sounds, but it it’s not on the calendar it doesn’t exist and won’t get done.
Schedule when you’ll shower, cook meals, spend time with the kids, and quality bonding time with your significant other. Add in chores, business tasks if you’re an entrepreneur like me, and any other obligations you have.
Schedule, it all!
Don’t forget to block off some buffer time just in case a task takes you a little longer or if you get interrupted, like by the kids!
Scheduling everything will help hold you accountable to get more done in a less time.
Work in Scheduled Time Blocks
Once you have your day scheduled and have blocked off time to work, you must work during those time blocks.
Time to set some boundaries! When it’s time to get down and dirty with your to-do list, it's not playing time. It’s time to get down to business!
Now I get that life happens and sometimes we can’t always work during the allotted time frame. If that should happen, have a contingency plan. Essentially a Plan B for when Plan A doesn’t work.
If you must use a Plan B option because life got in the way, then this last time block is non-negotiable.
You are an adult and it’s your responsibility to tackle your to-do list. No ifs and or buts about it!
For the love of Pete, eliminate distractions!
That means put your phone on do not disturb, close out of all the extra tabs on your computer screen, log out of Facebook or use a newsfeed eradicator, and turn off the boob-tube.
You have only so much time in a day to get things done. Let’s not waste it on distractions when you need to be focused and productive.
Ditch the distractions and watch your productivity soar!
Work During Peak Performance Times
Working during peak performance times is beneficial to maximize your productivity even more. Now I totally get that you may be most productive between 12pm-3pm and you’re stuck at the “9-5” grind but you can still find off-peak hours that you can leverage.
In fact, by sticking to a new habit for a minimum of 21 days, you may even be able to change up your peak hour times. How cool would that be?
However, if you don’t have a “9-5 grind” and are a stay at home Mom, work at home Mom, or an entrepreneur you can track when you have peaks in your day when you have more energy, a burst of inspiration, or are feeling more motivated.
These are your peak performance times! Leverage them suckers.
The Pomodoro technique, in a nutshell, is where you work in short 25-min sprints. Every sprint you take a 5-min break and after every 4 sprints, you take a longer break.
This system works well for entrepreneurs or those that have a busy lifestyle that need to maximize their productivity during short periods of time because they have a jam-packed schedule.
If you’d like to read the history behind the Pomodoro technique, feel free to read the article by Alan Henry via Life Hacks to get the low down.
Pretty simple productivity hacks, right?
I encourage you to choose at least one hack and give it a whirl for a minimum of 21-days. Don’t overdo it and try them all at once or you may take on too much which will cause you to fail. Our goal is to be more productive and feel more fulfilled not feel like and total and complete failure.
Change is uncomfortable but you can do this! One step at a time and you’re on your way to being more productive.
Share in the comments below: What is your biggest struggle when it comes being more productive?