Do you want to achieve more in less time?
Do you find yourself with an ever-expanding to-do list?
If you’re working your socks off and yet the list never seems to go down then this post is for you…
Interested in how I could achieve more in less time (aren’t we all) I took to Google.
I soon stumbled upon posts such as ‘50 Ways To Get More Done in Less Time‘!
Short of saying, this article was a MASSIVE overkill, by the time I’d finished reading, I could have ticked something off my to-do list!
Therefore, I thought why not do two things at once; research ways to streamline my life so that it is slightly less scrambled, and write a blog post to help others do the same.
So here it is, my 10 (fail-safe) essential steps, to achieving more in less time…
Create a Step-by-Step Action Plan
Take the time to think about what you would like to achieve in life. What is your burning ambition?
Where would you like to see yourself in three years time?
Once you can visualise your end goal, create a realistic plan as to how you will achieve it.
If you need to complete A, to get to B, to get to C, how will you reach A?
Try not to get fixated on the end result; this is not to say don’t keep it in mind, but usually, it is not possible to realise your ultimate goal instantly.
Instead, try to just focus on achieving A – the first step in your journey.
Set One Goal Only
Imagine a dartboard; if you are focused on hitting two targets at once, you are very likely to miss both because of your lack of specific focus and direction.
This analogy also transfers into goal setting.
Once you have made your step by step plan, eliminate all secondary goals, and I mean actually eliminate – don’t even think about them.
Once you have achieved A, then you can think about B.
Get Enough Sleep
You have huge workload to get through so there just isn’t enough time to get a decent nights sleep, right?
Not getting enough sleep can create brain fog making it more difficult for you to focus on the task at hand.
If you work monotonous 10 hour days, five days a week and can only focus on your goals in your spare time, then you will need energy and clarity of mind.
Working until midnight can seem productive but look back, how alert did you really feel on 4 hours of sleep?
Did you work at a much slower pace? Getting enough sleep will allow you to achieve more in a shorter window of time AND improve your mental and physical wellbeing. #totallywinning
My amazing mother would always say “a de-cluttered room leads to a de-cluttered mind”, and invariably I have always found this to be true.
Clutter can cause visual distractions making it harder to focus on the task at hand.
Learn to Say No
How many of us have struggled with this?
It is definitely one that I grapple with on a daily basis.
The feeling of guilt can make it difficult to say no to that extra drink when you’re feeling tired, or that additional project when you’re already swamped.
Sometimes it is necessary to be selfish.
Otherwise, your priorities will always come second, and your goal will seem further and further away.
Create a Mood Board
A mood board can be an excellent stimulus.
It is a visual reminder of what you want to achieve in life and of the direction that you’re heading to.
It can also help to keep goals at the forefront of your mind.
Keeping your goals in focus translates to more energy and time directed towards them, making your life ambitions easier to achieve.
Turn off all Social Media and Your Email Before 12pm
Email, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube have to be some of the biggest distractions in life.
How much time do you spend scrolling through your Facebook feed or looking at beautiful pictures on Instagram, or watching videos of cats?
(totally not a reflection of my life!)
Many of the successful entrepreneurs or athletes that I admire talk passionately about their morning routine.
The morning is when your brain is most alert and focused so you can be your greatest, most productive self.
If possible, try to wake up an hour or two earlier than usual, and make progress on your goals before you start your 9-5, or 8-6.
This means no checking your email and no social media during this time. These can be massive time killers, take away from your clarity of mind and slow productivity.
Create a Routine
I tire of the excuse “but I don’t have time”.
As discussed above, most of us have more ‘me time’ than we realise.
Writing out a schedule of your day can help you to visually see how much ‘me time’ you have during the day, and how you can make better use of it.
To start, try to dedicate at least one hour every evening towards achieving your goal.
Whether it be exercising, studying, writing a blog post or learning a new skill, that hour is your time.
Committing just 1 hour per day across the year will add up to 365 hours dedicated to your dreams!
Most of us do this at the end of each calendar year, but I recommend reflecting on your achievements and struggles at the end of every month.
What has gone well this month?
Is there anything you can adjust to make next month even better and more productive than the last?
Reflecting on the month just gone will allow you to put strategies in place that will improve, optimise and streamline next months productivity; all of which will help you to achieve your dreams quicker.
Maintain a Healthy Body
A friend once told me
“If you do not prioritise your health, then everything you prioritised before it, you stand to lose”.
What a fantastic quote. Spend a little time cooking yourself organic, nutritious food and exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
I promise it will help to get those creative juices flowing and keep you more alert throughout the day.
What techniques have you put in place to help you achieve your goals? Let us know in the comments section below.
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