7 Strategies to get more done

Are you feeling stressed out because there is just to much on your to-do list? After all, there are work related tasks to be completed, household chores to complete, and activities that you want to do with your family.

But is it possible to do it all? The answer is YES

We all get bogged down once in a while, below are some new approaches that may just allow you to get more done each day:

Achieve a Balance

You are awake for approximately 16 hours a day. Dividing your day into segments and devising a plan around these segments will help you to get more done and to get balance in your activities.

  • For example: “Tomorrow I will spend 8 hours of my waking time working, I’ll spend 4 hours of my time with my family. The other 4 hours I’ll spend tidying the garage.”

Achieving balance isn’t easy, but setting it as a goal and working towards it will improve your life enormously.

Before bed, think about tomorrow.

Sometime before you go to sleep, give some thought to tomorrow. Think about what tomorrow may bring so that tomorrow is not overwhelming when it arrives. Think about where you will be and for how long? Who will you be with? And what tasks will be a priority.

Write a task list.

Writing a to-do list allows you to pull together all those things that keep going round and round in your mind. A list also enables you to focus on the tasks in hand rather than be distracted by trivial details.

  • When you write a list, you’ll feel less stressed. Ticking off your tasks as you complete them feels good and ensures that you continue to focus on your priority tasks.

Write down your long-term goals.

Once written put them up on the wall where you can see them. This way you will naturally include tasks that contribute to the eventual accomplishment of your long term goals.

Write a to-do today list.

Identify the three things on your task list that are the most important and start on them early in the day. Ensure that come what may, even if you can’t do them early, you accomplish these priority tasks before you finish for the day.

Be realistic.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. Break bigger tasks into several smaller chunks, this will allow you to accurately estimate your time.

  • For example, you may have a task to write a 50-page e-book, but the first task is to develop an outline for a 50-page e-book.

Monitor your progress.

Before you decide to spend longer on a task than originally planned, consider how it will impact the other tasks that have to be completed today. Only once you have done this can you accurately decide if you should spend more time on the task or not.

Implementing the tips above will enable you to make more time to do what you really want to do and enjoy greater accomplishments in all areas of your life.

Till Next Time

The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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