Double Your Productivity: 4 Ways to Double your Time
My daily schedule requires me to manage my productivity to achieve the best results. It keeps me focused on what needs to be completed, when to work on my self-improvement and how to balance it with my friends and family.
If I didn’t allow these 4 methods to help me with my productivity, I would constantly struggle keeping up with my schedule.
That’s why I decided to address this topic because many of my readers have been complaining about how they’ve been stressed and overwhelmed. Many are juggling between their jobs, children, spouse, and all while questioning how to spend more time for themselves.
The key to doubling your time is learning how to manage your productivity. If you manage to do that, not only will you complete more personal goals, but it sets you on a faster track to success. You could use your spare time to spend it with family, communities or just yourself.
Time is one of your most valuable resources that is given to everyone. Someone may have more money and power than you, but they could never buy more time. All you have to do is learn how to manage it efficiently and it will double your productivity.
1. Organize your life
Not only does this declutter your life, but it adds value to it as well. It’s difficult conjuring up the motivation to do anything if we’re surrounded by filth and an unorganized mess. It could be clothes thrown on the ground, a messy desk, or a dirty environment.
Despite the area that’s out of control, organizing the area you spend your time at makes you more focused. You’re able to concentrate on finishing your tasks rather than those piled up dishes left on your table.
Clutter and filth wastes your time because it takes away the time you could be using for other productive tasks instead. For instance, for some people, whenever they lose something, they spend minutes or even hours looking for it.
We save money by being more organized because the chances of us losing something valuable items decreases. (Plus it makes it a lot easier when someone takes one of your items without your knowing.)
When you face a pile of clutter in their home, office, or room, it subconsciously sends mixed signals into their brain to mentally behave that way. You may assume allowing your room to remain dirty won’t affect you in anyway, but it eventually causes you to clutter other parts in our life.
You convince yourself that if it’s okay to have a dirty room, what difference would it make to have a dirty lifestyle. It might be a chore at first to clean up any mess, but the results are amazing. Your mind clears and you get those bubbling feelings of accomplishing something so simple and yet vital.
2. Eliminate any distractions
Look at the main cause for your interruptions throughout the day. What may seem like minor distractions at first are normally the main reason we end up losing more time than we wanted.
It’s easy to waste several hours by playing on our phone or watching television. We assume time flies fast during our spare time, but that’s thanks to how we spend it.
For example, if I paid no attention to my habits, I would say most of my time would be spent on YouTube and by the time I return back to my project, I would only have 1 – 2 hours before bed.
A well known distractions that prevents people from working on personal stuff is the internet. The average person spends at least 1 hour a day conducting useless things that doesn’t aid their productivity.
It’s okay to spend leisure time online after finishing your top priorities, but until that time arrives, try avoiding it. Other factors to remember are putting your phone away, closing all unnecessary programs on your computer, and shutting off all social media notifications.
3. Avoid multitasking
People are taught that multitasking is good, and in some cases, this could be true. However, if you find yourself conducting several activities while working on your project, your total focus will not be put into it.
We need total concentration whenever you’re working on a major project and want the best results. To give an example, suppose you wrote a research paper while watching television, and checking your Facebook status every other minute.
It’s often assumed that the more tasks we do, the more productive we become. It’s known as the “kill two birds with one stone” method. But this is only effective when we take care of mediocre things such as washing the dishes while listening to an audiobook.
When we deal with bigger assignments that require our full attention such as playing an instrument, researching, or writing, we’re not saving time by conducting several activities simultaneously. We’re actually losing time because we’re not giving our project our total attention.
In most cases, this would eventually causes us to return back to them to correct the mistakes we failed to notice before. By multitasking, we divide a fraction of our mind to each task we tackle,
That’s why, contrary to what others say, rather than jumping in between projects, narrow your focus to one at a time.
4. Plan out what you need to do
If you already have your day set ahead of you before going to bed, it prepares you for the morning. Avoid going to bed without having a motivation to wake up to.
Plan something such as reading a book or writing your thoughts. I’m already aware that many of us have busy schedules and we become overwhelmed by the amount of errands on our task list.
That’s why it’s important to set realistic goals to complete the next day. Spend around 10 minutes planning out your day in a journal or notepad so nothing slips your mind that day. Studies have shown that scheduling your day gives you a new source of energy with an outer motivation to complete something.
Benefits to add is that it boosts up your self esteem because your subconscious will see that you are an achiever after completing your goals.
A personal interest that excites me for waking up in the morning is knowing I get to write more content for my readers. Commit to a schedule that works for you to prevent your mind from wandering off like a lost sheep.