Did the idea of discovering how to find more time in the day catch your attention? Excellent! I want to give you my exact strategy to harness the available time that you have each day and complete the tasks you want to accomplish. Because how many times have you said something like this?
“There aren’t enough hours in the day.”
“I wish I had more time.”
“I don’t have enough time to get everything done each day.”
“Where did this day go?”
“It just doesn’t even feel like I’m making any progress.”
Some people seem to get a million things done in a day, but others struggle to cross just 2 or 3 things off the list before it’s time to crawl back into bed. What’s the difference? Is there a magic formula for accomplishing more within the same amount of time?
I have been on both sides of this phenomenon, and I want to share what I’ve discovered. Grab your pen and paper, or open up that digital notepad – let’s get to it!
- Brain Dump – You can’t see the list of everything you need to do if it’s all swirling around in your head like a tornado!
- Prioritize the tasks – Which tasks are the most urgent? What is the most important?
- Get out the calendar – This can be physical or digital, but you’ve got to see where everything fits into your schedule. Find the best tool for YOU, and use it consistently.
- Assign each task to a set amount of time on a specific day – Block off your time, and batch out those tasks. It’s crucial that you don’t overbook your day!
- Check your calendar/planner every single day, and stick to the plan even if you don’t finish the task in the time allotted. Keep going!
BONUS TIP: As you design your schedule for the day or week, make sure to create some breathing room. I know it feels counterintuitive when the list seems eternal, but it is so important to intentionally schedule time to rest and breathe a little.
If you could use a little help putting these steps into practice, I’ve got even more resources to help you:
- My “Overcome the Overwhelm” course is launching very soon – check back so you can grab it as soon as it’s ready!
- Clarity Coaching sessions are the perfect time to sort through a brain dump, decide which items to take action on first, and create an intentional plan.
- You might know what needs to be done, but you don’t have a good tool or system in place to manage it all. If that’s you, the next best step is a VIP Asana Week!
Last question (be honest!): How many times have you gotten on your computer or phone to get something specific accomplished, but then you ended up scrolling social media for an hour or more instead? I’m going to guess that probably wasn’t on your schedule… The planned time you have assigned for that task is the only time you’ll work on it this week, so commit and knock it out.
What other strategies, tools, or resources have you found that help keep you on task and productive? I’d love to hear about them!