Have you ever wondered why some people are more efficient than others in their day to day performance? Why do some people get more done at the end of their day than others? I mean, we all have 24 hours in a day right? So, what makes this difference? Well, it comes down to how effectively they use their time, and how much time is wasted. Time is, by far, our most precious resource. Once it’s gone, its gone forever! Hence we should all make an extra effort to maximize our use of this non-renewable resource. Here are just some simple tips to get you started from today!
- Leave your cell phone out of the restroom/toilet. No, seriously, leave it out! You would not believe how much time you can save by doing this simple step. Surveys showed that up to 61% of people use their phones in the restroom. And more than 31% of these stayed in the bathroom longer than necessary, in order to finish whatever they’re doing on their phones. Also consider the fact that you run the risk of dropping your phone into the toilet! I’m sure we all know at least one person to whom this has already happened. Don’t be that one, leave your phone out!
- Focus on one task at a time. We live in such a fast paced world today, we’re all constantly trying to get a million things done at once. But, guess what? In doing so, we are actually decreasing our overall efficiency at the tasks, and end up taking a longer time to get them done. We’d actually be much better off putting our focus and energy into one task at a time. Our stress levels will decrease, as well as we’d find ourselves being generally more mindful of the tasks at hand. Refer to this article for a deeper delve into the science of multitasking.
- Plan your tomorrow from the night before. This doubles as a stress-reducing strategy, since planning your tomorrow can free up some of your mental clutter, allowing for a more restful night. This helps save time because, come tomorrow, you don’t need to spend time figuring out your day…it’s already outlined! So, you get off bed, and immediately hit the ground running. Since you’re also less stressed, you are able to perform better at your tasks, you have more energy, and more mental space to breathe.
- Wake up two minutes earlier every day for one month. At the end of the month, guess what? You now have an extra hour on mornings! The gradual nature of this habit is less stressful than trying to wake up one hour earlier in one go. Your body has the time to adjust to the process and ease into the change. You can now use this extra hour to get some important tasks done, or to get ready to face the world by doing some workouts/meditations. Whatever you do, just don’t waste this reclaimed time! However, try to skip the social media craze, and start the day off on your own agenda.
The last point was more of a way to claim some extra time, than a way to save time. However, these are just some simple and easy methods you can implement from TODAY to squeeze the most juice out of your days. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to give feedback or leave a comment.
Do continue to move forward.