Do you ever feel like you have all these grand ambitions, but nowhere near enough time to achieve them? Where do you start? Successful people always seem to be so well-organised, and experts at multi-tasking. How can you improve your productivity and find time to fit everything in?
Cut out the crap
It’s brutal, but it’s true. If you want to be ultra-efficient, you need to stop wasting time. But how can you work out what’s a waste of time?
Define your goals
The answer is surprisingly simple. Sit down and take time to put together a comprehensive list of everything you want to achieve in the next 5 years. It can include anything – from losing weight, to running a marathon, to getting married, to becoming a Mum, to buying a house or making your first million.
Everyone’s list will be different
And that’s good – because this is the blueprint for your life, and only your life. Once you’ve worked out all the things you want to achieve, now you need to look at your current life. Which things that take up your time are pointing you in the right directions, and which ones aren’t helpful at all to achieving your goals.
What can I cut out?
The answers to that last question should help you decide which things you need to stop doing. For example – if one of your aims is to run a marathon, then you probably need to spend less time watching TV, and more time running.
Just say no
It can be really hard to say no to stuff. It’s often a lot easier to agree to something, even when you have no desire to take part. By taking a step back, and working out if the thing you’re being asked to do actually aligns with your end goals, then it will empower you to make the right decision. There is no point wasting time on things you don’t enjoy and which won’t further you as a person.
Sadly doing your laundry, tidying up, showering, eating and sleeping are all non-negotiables! They always need to be done! Just take it as a given that they help you achieve all the other stuff. (Though to be fair you can always pay someone else to do your cleaning for you!)