088: Finding more time in your day
In this episode, learn 12 hacks to tackle the mental load, boost productivity, and improve organisation in your life admin.
Mia and Dinah tackle the topic of time management and share 12 practical ideas to help you save time and be more productive:
Setting Clear Goals
Before implementing any time-saving techniques, it's important to determine how much extra time you need in your week. Set specific goals and decide how much time you want to allocate to different activities.
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine and getting enough sleep can significantly improve your productivity and overall wellbeing. Going to bed earlier and waking up refreshed can help you accomplish more during the day.
Understanding Your Chronotype
Identify whether you are a morning person or an evening person. Knowing your most alert and effective times of the day can help you schedule your most challenging tasks accordingly.
Creating Time Blocks
Set aside specific time blocks for activities such as reading, exercising, spending time with family, and working. By allocating dedicated time for each task, you can ensure that you have enough time for everything without feeling overwhelmed.
Learning to Say No
Practise saying no and setting boundaries. It's important to prioritise your own needs and not overcommit yourself to activities that don't align with your goals or values.
Outsourcing and Delegating
Consider outsourcing tasks that can be done by others, such as grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, or gardening. By investing in these services, you can free up valuable time for activities that are more important to you.
Group similar tasks together to maximise efficiency. For example, cook meals in batches, do laundry in one go, or handle emails and administrative tasks in dedicated time blocks.
Minimising Interruptions and Distractions
Turn off notifications on your phone, block distracting websites and apps, and create a focused work environment. Minimising interruptions can help you stay focused and complete tasks more efficiently.
Optimising Travel Time
Find ways to minimise travel time, whether it's by working from home more often, finding faster commuting routes, or carpooling with others. Use travel time effectively by engaging in activities such as reading or catching up on emails.
Learn to let go of perfectionism and embrace the concept of "done is better than perfect." Avoid spending excessive time on tasks that don't require it and focus on achieving good enough results.
Tracking Your Time
Consider tracking your time to gain insights into how you spend it. This awareness can help you identify areas where you may be wasting time and make adjustments to improve productivity.
Making Time Investments
Take the time to set up systems and tools that will save you time in the long run. This may include implementing a password manager, organising your calendar, or automating repetitive tasks.
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