How To Get More Stuff Done In Less Time

"I've got too much to do. Is there any way I can be more efficient?"

"My to-do list is overwhelming. How can I get to it all?"

"I have more to get done than there are hours in the day. Any suggestions?"

"I don't know where to start. Way too much on my plate. Help!"

Do you find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day?

Our lives are so filled with family, friends, jobs and appointments that we often can't seem to fit in everything we need to accomplish in a 24-hour day.

But what if we could accomplish more in less time? If this were actually possible, it would allow us more time with those we care about and more time to focus on ourselves.

The good news is this: there are five simple strategies you can use to make the most of your days!

These five tips will enable you to get more done in less time:

Make a list.

Write out everything that you need to accomplish, and then joyfully cross off each task as you complete it. As you see your list dwindling, it'll provide the needed motivation to get the rest of the list done, too.

  • Put your list on the refrigerator, in your daily planner, or on your smartphone. Keep it somewhere handy so you can look at it often and stay focused.

What's on your list?

 

Prioritize effectively.

Determine which tasks are most important and what can possibly wait until later on in the day, week, or month. If this is something you're having trouble with, you may be trying to squeeze in tasks that can actually be put on hold for a future time.

  • Note the deadlines for your tasks. If your in-laws are coming to visit, then cleaning the guest bathroom takes priority over re-organizing the basement.

How will you prioritize your tasks?

 

Avoid procrastinating.

Far too many people put things off to the last possible minute. When this happens, we rush frantically to accomplish everything, but we end up doing a cruddy job and get ourselves all worked up for no good reason. There is a better way!

  • Use your morning hours wisely and get tasks started early in the day. Chances are you'll finish them in one day rather than having it drag into a second day because you didn't have enough time to get things done. For some, this may mean waking up an hour or two earlier instead of sleeping an hour or two later.

How will you stop procrastinating?  What will you do differently?

 

Do the unpleasant tasks first.

A great time management trick is to get the things you dislike out of the way first. If you keep putting it off, you'll attempt to squeeze it in somewhere, and you'll get the feeling of being overwhelmed.

This is my personal preference and it works for me. Once the stinky task(s) is out of the way, I feel like a load has been taken off. Other tasks seem easier and more fun.

  • Schedule something fun after you finish your to-do list. This will motivate you to complete the list quicker.

What do you like least?

 

Multi-task if you can.

If you're able to accomplish two things at once, then by all means do it. If you can put dinner on the stove while making a doctor's appointment or wait for a load of laundry to finish while you mend a pair of pants, you can cut your time in half.

Recent studies show that most people cannot multi-task effectively.

  • Don't sacrifice the quality of the tasks you're performing. If you burn dinner because you were looking at the calendar to make an appointment, this only wastes more of your time in the long run.

Are you efficient at multi-tasking? If so, great. If not, stop doing it! Focus.

 

There are days where it seems like we don't have enough time in the day to do everything we want to accomplish.

Thankfully, we can improve our time management skills so we're able to accomplish more in any given day.

Improving these skills will reduce your stress level and give you more time to do the things that make you happy, leading to a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

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