Rules of how to do more in less time
In the modern world there is almost everything, but still there is a lack of free time. Therefore, if you want to do more in a short period of time than you are able to do now, then you need to learn only two things: organization and self-discipline. In this article you will find 25 main rules, with which you can do more in a short period of time.
Decide on the goal and focus on the primary thing
Without a clear goal, you will constantly «wander» among the multitude of things that will not help you to reach the goal, but, on the contrary, will distract from it and take away your precious time.
Stimulus and motivation
If we enjoy the work, then we do it easily and quickly. Therefore, if you want to achieve more, find in each business an incentive for yourself. For example, if you finish the report before the end of the working day, then in the evening there will be some time for hobbies, communication with the family or watching a good movie.
Use the 80/20 rule
It does not matter how much time you have, but it's important how you spend it. There is a remarkable principle of Pareto, who says that 20% of effort brings 80% of the result, and vice versa, 80% of your efforts result in only 20%. We effectively work no more than 20% of our working day. Therefore, it is important first to do important, and then to do other things. In everyday life also works the law of Paretto: 80% of the things that are in our house or in the car are mostly unused (things we do not wear, books that we do not read, dishes that we do not use, etc.). Get rid of excess, freeing your space and energy.
Avoid all distractions
It's hard not to react when something honks near you. Therefore, turn off: phone sound, any notification from social networks, automatic mail checking. And in order not to miss something really important, put an answering machine on the phone and e-mail, which specify when you can be contacted again.
If you have done something / said / decided, then do not waste time on meaningless reflections about the correctness of the decision you have made. What's done is done, draw conclusions and move on. Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
Learn to say "no"
If you want to manage much during the day, learn how to refuse. People like to shift their affairs and responsibilities to others. To help doesn’t mean doing someone's work.
Bring to the end
Many people like to postpone their work and not to finish what has been started. The list of such cases has the property of being accumulated, and the load of unfulfilled and awareness of how much you still have to do press on you daily. If you take the habit of not starting a new business, until the old one is finished, it will not only stimulate you to finish your work quickly but also teach you not to leave the matter until later.
Keep the order
A lot of time will be saved when you have order,e.g. on the desktop and in the computer. Everything should have its own place, the documents should be systematized, you can not leave work until there is an ideal order in the workplace. 5 minutes to maintain order will save you hours that can be spent searching for the right document or thing.
Get rid of stereotyped thinking
As a rule, our work is monotonous, so it is so easy to become a victim of stereotyped thinking. Try to do your job differently, because the usual – is not always the best. Perhaps your work can be done more quickly if you automate or delegate your responsibilities.
Focus on what you are doing
Our mind is arranged so, that we think about many affairs simultaneously and as a result, we practically cannot concentrate. If you focus on doing just one thing, without being distracted, it is much more effective both for your time and efforts than if you do several things, jumping from one to another. Multitasking does not help you become more productive.
Go to work immediately
Many people before starting to work begin to put documents in order or arrange a table, drink coffee, look through social networks, and then they are astonished at the time allocated for work! If you know what you need to do, immediately start working, and if you finish it quickly, you can drink coffee as a bonus, and have a look at social networks.
Use time without residue
We waste a lot of time, but it could be used with advantage. For example, during a drive to work, you can listen to an audiobook, at breakfast - make a plan for the day, while standing in line - make a shopping list.
Track the spent time
You can save more than one hour of free time if you are more choosy, talking about movies and TV shows that you watch, magazines and newspapers that you read.
The body never gets tired completely, usually, only some muscle groups get tired at the same time. Change of activities will help to cope with this. For example, if you have been sitting for several hours, switch to work where you can do something while standing or moving. And vice versa. Practice this method for at least a week and you will see how much your body can withstand.
It is noticed that if you come to work half an hour earlier, you can do much more. If you organize your day correctly, you can go to bed together with the children, i.e. no later than 10 pm, and get up at 5am. For 2 morning hours, until the children wake up, you can do much more than in the evening from 22 to 24, when you are tired at the end of the day.
Work when you can work
You probably have noticed that there are days when you are buzzing with activity, and there are days when you do not want anything. This is normal and one should treat it with understanding and calmness. If there is no urgent work, then it is quite possible to afford a day or two of rest.
Set the day mode
We will be much more successful if everything is done on time and at the set time. The regime of the day will allow your body to work like a clock. To do this, carefully plan your day, including meals and sleep. You will fall asleep much faster and wake up easier if it is at the same time, even on weekends. If you eat at a fixed time, it will also have a positive effect on your digestion and overall well-being. If you leave work at the same time, this will not give you an excuse not to finish the work.
If you want to save time, listen carefully, write down instructions and information, and specify, if necessary. This will help you avoid misunderstanding, repetition and rework.
Get rid of the " time eaters"
Fortunately or unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day. And whatever you do, they will not be 25 or 30. Therefore, if you really want to manage to do much during the day, you need to get rid of those occupations that waste your valuable time.
Take an information diet
Nowadays, we are always subjected to information attacks, our brain practically does not rest: news on the TV, gossip, working moments, home conversations, etc. As a result, we feel that our head swells up from an overabundance of information. Tim Ferris, the author of the "4-hour workweek", invites us to sit on a diet with "low content of information."
Optimize your work
Think about what takes you a lot of time. For example, cooking. Now there are multicookers that will be able to cope with the preparation of food almost without your participation. And what about shopping. Learn to order and buy things on the Internet. So you will save a lot of time, efforts, and money.
Only three tasks per day
Do you want to manage more? Eat a frog for breakfast - so say Western experts in time management. To eat a frog means to do something unpleasant, but very important in the morning. When this activity is done, the remaining tasks will seem trivial in comparison with the morning. Plan three important things, the first of which will be a "frog". After completing three important activities, do the rest of the activities as far as possible. Thus, each day will be effective, because at least three affairs are done!
Divide a great deal of work into small tasks
It's always scary to start a serious work. It is much easier to solve small tasks, which are part of something more. A big goal becomes achievable thanks to the small actions you take every day.