7 Productivity hacks that will save you time
Time is something that we all wish we had more of, this is particularly true for parentpreneurs who are going to feel that they are already stretched as much as possible.
Are you one of these parentpreneurs? Do you wish that there was some kind of magic wand that you could wave and make some more time?
Well, it may not be a magical solution, but we have some helpful hints that could really help you to try and save some time in everyday life. In fact, we have put together 7 productivity hacks that could really save you some much needed time.
Get the jobs you hate out of the way first
Whilst plenty of parentpreneurs are lucky enough to do something that they love. There are still some tasks that you are going to like less than others. The trouble with these jobs is that most of us are likely to put them off throughout the day. This means when the time comes to actually get them done you are going to feel less than motivated, and it could take longer than it should.
Rather than setting these to do at the end of the day, it is a much better idea to get these out of the way first. Not only will your brain be awake and alert, but you won’t be worrying the rest of the day that you need to get it done.
Tackle the quick wins
Not only does it pay to get rid of the tricky tasks first, but you may also find yourself saving some time by tackling the quick wins too. If you know that something is only going to take a few minutes to resolve, then tick these off the list first, this will reduce your to-do list in no time at all.
It will also help you to feel motivated to get things done, particularly other tasks that may take a little more time and a little more thought.
Try to avoid distractions
When you work from home there is always going to be plenty of things around to distract you. Social media, housework, our friends and family. All of these things can take your focus away from your work and leave you falling a little behind. This means, rather than tackling your to-do list, you will instead spend too much time trying to catch up on yourself.
Turn off your notifications on your phone, tablet and laptop and make sure that people remember that you are trying to work. Also, if you can, shut yourself away from the rest of the house, as then you won’t be tempted to wash up or load the washing machine.
Get away from your desk
It may seem like the opposite of being productive, but sometimes the best way to get your work done is to get away from it for a short amount of time. If you are sat at your desk for an extended period of time then after a while you are likely to feel a little stale. Getting up, away and active will give you a fresh new focus and help you to achieve all those things you set out to do that day.
This works best if you head outside for at least 10-15 minutes, but if you are really short for time, then perhaps just sit in the garden for 5 minutes.
Find ways to make things simple
Technology has been invented to try and make all our lives that little bit easier. Which means if you have the opportunity to do simple tasks that you need to carry out every day for your business, then take it.
There are a variety of ways that you can make your workflow that little bit easier. This comes in the form of apps and online tools that can help you to keep track of your workflow, record your finances and communicate with clients or colleagues.
Plan on a Sunday
Find that you lose time on a Monday morning planning in the things that you need to get done that week? Well, rather than wasting a precious few minutes, it makes sense to take an hour on a Sunday night to plan in all the tasks that you need to get done.
You can head off to bed knowing that you have everything in place for the next day and you can get up and focus on the actual tasks you need to do.
Have a no meetings day
Does the nature of your business mean that you need to join in on conference calls or perhaps attend meetings? If you are finding that these are eating into your working time, then perhaps it is a good idea to set yourself a no-contact day. This day gives you a chance to focus yourself on your work and really battle through the tasks that you need to get done, without having to be interrupted.
Of course, this may not always be possible to do on a weekly basis, but if you plan in every couple of weeks, or even once a month if you need to. Then you will be surprised by just how much you can achieve.
Now you know, there are some things that you can do to give yourself a little more time every now and then. How you spend that time is down to you. But one thing is for sure, you are really going to value having even just a few minutes a day.
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