How To Create An Extra Hour In Your Day
Do you feel like you’re constantly adding things to your already too long to-do list? With just a few simple but concrete steps you can free up more of your time to focus on what matters.
When our to-do list seems like it’s never ending no matter how much we try to check off, we get into a place of overwhelm. Once we are in this state, tasks may seem to take equal priority in our head. Often, our time is taken up by things that feel urgent but are not important, like text messages, emails popping up, and Facebook notifications. These distractions make us feel busy, but they keep us from getting to our actual to-do list.
The most successful people tend to be good at making time for things that are important but not urgent, like health, well-being, family, and long term goals.
The first step in making the leap from distracted overwhelm to focused productivity can be in making a daily ritual of jotting down ALL of your tasks for the next day - large and small, work and personal - and then ranking each of them by priority. Giving yourself clear priorities will ensure you are getting the most important things done each and every day.
Once you prioritize your list, you can create a schedule for yourself to get things done. You can choose to create blocks in your calendar dedicated to a certain kind of task, or you can get specific and schedule times for certain items on your list. Either way, it’s about creating an ideal schedule for yourself and sticking to it.
Finally, make sure taking care of yourself is a top priority. Block off actual concrete times in your weekly schedule for self-care and make it madatory and non-negotiable. Without “sharpening your saw”, as Steven Covey puts it, you are sure to burn out, and, paradoxically, by pushing yourself to constantly be ‘productive’, you may quickly deplete your reserves. Taking a few minutes in regular increments to relax and enjoy yourself is vital.
So, list your tasks, prioritize them, schedule them, put in concrete time for self-care, and watch your efficiency and productivity multiply.
How will you spend your extra hour a day?
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