I have a secret. I love my job. I’m excited about the future of my job. But I often have the case of the boredoms.
And I’m guessing you’re probably a lot like me. (Well, maybe you actually hate your job, but you still get the boredoms.)
Either way, I’m sure you heard the saying before, “Work smarter, not harder”. That’s so true though.
Often times we don’t work smart, and we end up wasting time. We each have the same amount of time in the day. Some of us just choose to spend our time more wisely.
If you’re having a hard time getting things accomplished, try these 6 time management hacks to be more productive.
6 TIME MANAGEMENT HACKS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE
1. FIND WHEN YOU’RE MOST PRODUCTIVE
If you’re lucky to have a flexible schedule, identify your most productive hours. Since I work from home, I get to design my own work schedule. I usually work both morning and night.
The morning is when I handle the business aspect. I schedule and answer emails. I schedule my posts for Pinterest on Tailwind (which is an absolute lifesaver I might add). I also take the time to make some money through Swagbucks, MyPoints, and Earning Station.
At night is when I’m usually the most productive. The night is where my creative juices are flowing the most and I get the most of my writing done.
You can also figure out where your most productive, like your office or your library. This probably doesn’t include on your laptop in front of your TV (even though I’m super guilty of this).
2. DO ONE TASK AT A TIME
I’m notorious for not following through with this piece of advice. I often have my phone out, YouTube running, and a million and one browsers open.
But this causes my brain to be overwhelmed by how many things I’m trying to accomplish at once. In the end, I get only about 60-75% of the things I need to get done accomplished.
Instead, it’s a great idea to block your schedule apart. In the following tips, I’ll talk more about this, but it’s basically the idea that you set a timer for a specific task and designate a certain amount of time to that task.
For example, if you’re a blogger, give yourself 5 minutes to brainstorm a topic you want to blog about. Another 15 minutes to research the topic. Then give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to write the post. Then another half hour to create a graphic, and so on and so forth.
3. BATCH RELATED TASKS TOGETHER
Different tasks require different types of thinking, so it totally makes sense to group the similar tasks together and do them consecutively.
For instance, in the example I talked about earlier, I grouped all my blog post related tasks together. It’s the sequence I use, and it makes for a much more productive work day.
Other task groups include blog promotion (scheduling for Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook), emails (answering them and sending them), and writing eBooks (outline, research, and write). Other tasks I group together are surveys (Swagbucks, MyPoints, and Earning Station)
When you feel a good productive energy, continue with that flow to the next task instead of unnecessarily switching to something that requires your brain to redirect itself.
4. COMPLETE MOST IMPORTANT TASKS FIRST
Once you’ve completed the most important task, the day has already been a success. Everything else will basically feel like busy work.
You’ll be surprised at how relieved you feel once you get that big ole weight off your shoulder. You’ll feel proud of yourself and super productive.
If you have chronic procrastinating-itis, it should be one of your top goals to try to break the habit.
5. TAKE BREAKS
If you sit at a desk all day, make sure to get up and walk around at least once every hour.
During breaks is the time when you can check your phone, go to the bathroom, and get something to eat. It also might be a good idea to stretch a little bit to loosen up your muscles.
Make sure you schedule these into your day, so you don’t end up taking a thousand breaks throughout your day.
6. DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE
There is a lot of stress that comes with clutter. Clutter clogs the mind. It makes things more chaotic, especially when you can’t find something buried within all the mess. Your mind can never be fully at peace because of it.
If your space (like your desk), has unnecessary items cluttering it, I highly suggest reorganizing and getting rid of a bunch of stuff you’re not using. You can ask yourself these 8 questions if you’re having a hard time getting rid of something.
After I declutter and organize a space, I feel so much calmer. I have room to breathe, and my brain isn’t fogged up by all the unnecessary noise and clutter. In turn, I’m so much more productive.
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What are you favorite time management hacks?