During the day techniques
These are the fundamental things that you can work on to try and achieve more during your day, not rocket science, just simple life changes:
Stop surfing: Cut out social media-you will find that you will save yourself half an hour or more, by cutting out surfing on things like FB, Insta, LinkedIn, Twitter.
No ‘Rabbit Holes’: Click bait is the number one reason that people fall down a ‘rabbit hole’, anything that takes you off task is what I would class as a ‘rabbit hole’. Other examples would be the phone ringing with a friend wanting to chat, that 25% off sale flyer that has just hit my email box etc…ignore these until you choose to jump in or choose to ignore them.
‘I have not got news for you’: I stopped watching the news about 20 years ago, yes I do find that friends might say to me, “have you heard about the president of the USA?”, well no I haven’t, but what the USA president is doing will not help me crack on with day and if I do need to know about something uber important I will find out another way and then I can choose to watch/read the news when it suits me. (Many people are horrified that I do not watch the news, and I understand that some individuals see keeping up with the news as part of their job, they need to know what is going on in the world, interest rates, budget reforms etc… I say, you can choose to grab 15 minutes out of your work day to catch up on relevant, related to your job news).
2 for 1: Making the most of time by carrying out two things at the same time is an excellent way to fit more in to your schedule. Only certain tasks can be completed at the same time. My bathroom Bluetooth speaker is my friend, I always listen to my podcasts, news, make lists whilst showering, bathing. A great way to double up. I Zoom or watch webinars whilst ironing and I chat to friends whilst cooking or driving… so many of our tasks can be carried out whilst doing something else. Whilst at work, if I am on a phone call I walk or stretch, or if I am taking a meeting with one other person I suggest a walking meeting, so that I can make sure that I am not sedentary from 8-1 & 2-6.30pm.
Voice controls: Using voice controls are very handy, most people have an Alexa (or similar) now and using the functionality to its max is most helpful. Write shopping lists, tick off your daily schedule, set timers – all handy and time saving.
No notifications for me please! Not only have I switched off most of my notifications, I have moved certain Apps to secondary pages on my phone, meaning ‘out of sight out of mind’. Did you know that when a notification goes off on your phone it takes you on average about 23 minutes to return to an original task after an interruption. Gloria Mark studies digital distraction at the University of California and they confirm that multiple studies had similar results.
Me not you: As mentioned earlier, only try to fit in those tasks that are relevant to your goals or will save you time, money or trouble.
Wellbeing: Looking after you is a number one priority and will definitely help you to achieve more in your day. If you feel strong and energetic you will undoubtedly fit more into your day. Even if this feels selfish, you are probably the person who is taking care of others, children, family, ageing parents etc.. so you need to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically. So, get that check up, eat healthily, prioritise exercise.
Delegate: Most of us do so much for others and for our families, and however much we love them, there are often members of the family who don’t quite pull their weight. Type up a schedule of house chores, share tasks and pull together so that the family can function as one moving part, this will take time to set up and it may take a little while for members of the family to understand their roles, but persevere with this one, even if the children put on their own washing, or empty and stack the dishwasher, this will free up time for you. Go for it!
Well, there you have it, a nice round up of ideas for you to regain time that you thought was lost to you…
No one is advising removing family time, or down time, we all need and want that, that is why this list tries to remove the things that unnecessarily take up our day.
Oh! I might have forgotten one thing, cut out TV!
Good luck and give it a go.