As a full-time mom and entrepreneur, I know just how difficult it is finding time. “Finding time?” You may ask. “What time?” If you can relate to this then you know that this time is family time, social time, hubby time, book-reading time, bubble bath-and-a-glass-of-wine time, treat-yo-self time, and plain old me-time. Sometimes life is just too darn busy to find all this time.
The good news is that with the right work ethic and productivity hacks, you can work simply, get more done, reach maximum productivity, and make the time to have more time. Seeming like a lot to digest? It’s not. I’ve put together a few of my favourite tips that may help you.
Tips to become more productive and have more time
Follow the 5-step productivity hack
A while back I came across an article in The Cosmopolitan which spoke about a 5-step productivity hack. Basically, at the end of each workday, you need to write down no more than 6 of the most important tasks you need to complete the next day.You then need to arrange these tasks from the most to the least important. The next day you need to work through your list, starting at the top (obviously) and only move on when you have finished that task.The 4th step is my most favourite – it says that whatever you don’t finish on your list can simply be moved to the top of your list for the next day. I love it because if you decide to stop working at 4pm every day then you don’t need to stress. You have finished the day’s most important tasks and whatever you didn’t get done you will tackle first thing the next morning.
You then repeat this process every day.
You can’t be everyone to everybody and you certainly can’t be it all the time. Sometimes you really need to say no.Just because you have your Sunday arvie free and your BFF is dying to see you, doesn’t mean you should feel obliged to fill this time. Make plans for the following week and mark yourself as ‘unavailable: Netflix-and-chilling-all-day’
Learn to delegate
You may be a supermom, superwife, superwoman but you can’t do it all. If asking for help is not in your nature then this is something you need to learn pretty quickly.I find that I don’t ask for help because I don’t feel comfortable with letting go of all the control. This is because I sometimes feel I’m the only one who knows what needs to be done and how. The only way to feel at ease when shifting over some tasks to someone else is if you are confident that they will do it the same way you will and ask questions if they don’t know how to do something.
This means you need to take the time to be a teacher. Empowering others with skills to work autonomously is an excellent leadership trait and those working for you (or even just helping you out) will appreciate the confidence and trust you have in them.
Don’t overcomplicate things
You may find that you are wasting a lot of time on a task purely because of the way you are doing it. This often happens when you are in a rush and feeling overwhelmed and stressed to just get it done.Instead of diving into the task, figure out what you need done, the different ways you can do it and choose the most efficient and effective one.
I know all of this is purely theoretical and putting a few of these into practice is “easier said than done”. My suggestion would be to take just one of the tips I’ve given and perfect it. Once you’ve nailed it you can try another one. Eventually, you will have made more time to have more time.
What tips do you have to be more productive? How do you make time?