After our recent podcast about how to Own Your Day, I heard from listener Emily who wanted some more nitty-gritty about how to make efficient use of your time. “Is it all just about will power?” she asked.
Well, there is a little of that involved, but also there are some easy ways you can set yourself up for a greater chance of success. Here are some small ideas I wanted to share:
1. Begin the night before
Make a plan for your day the night before, and do some of the “prep” involved ahead of time. Make the appointment you want to have, make sure the right clothes are clean, fill the tank with gas, lay out the right equipment for the household chore you want to accomplish, etc.
2. Banish the snooze button
Just do it! Getting out of bed is sometimes so hard, but it gets easier in a minute or so, and you will start your day with a small success instead of a defeat. NO MORE SNOOZE!
3. Make a list
This can start with your night before prep, but every day you should have written down at least 1 or 2 things that you want to accomplish. This is also freeing of your mind because you do not have to keep a running to-do list in your head if you have it on paper.
4. Break up with the internet
Have regular times of your day where you are “offline” and not distracted by social media, websites, email, etc. You’ll be amazed by how much you get done this way!
5. Stop waiting for the perfect time. Use what you have.
Just admit that you have some pockets of time in your day that you normally waste. Use these bits and pieces of time to work on things you want to be doing. The “perfect” time to do it all “perfectly” will never come, so make your peace with the imperfection. Get started, doing whatever you can, today.
6. Be firm in your plan.
Once you’ve set your goals, do not allow yourself to negotiate them away in favor or smaller fleeting pleasures or distractions. Be honest about what you are doing and refuse to sacrifice larger goals for the smaller, less important things.
7. Take control of interrupting thoughts.
Do you have distractions? Write them down. You may have 1000 great ideas, but don’t let a single one of them to pull you away from doing the work you set out to do at any given time. Write down your distractions and ideas and then get back to the task at hand.
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