What if you could magically have an extra half hour or more to yourself or with family each day?
And what if you could increase your productivity by as much as 50% at the same time?
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Does that sound like something you’d like? I know it sounds unrealistic, but it’s entirely possible. Let me show you how.
Before we go any further, let me make something very clear. Not one of these 10 tips is a magical productivity bullet. There is no such thing.
Let me also be clear that this list comes from my own personal experience struggling to stay focused and meet deadlines. Each of these works for me, but some of them might not be ideal for you. If you implement a good number of them, though, you really can find yourself spending less time at work and getting more done.
10 ways to boost your productivity…today
1. Realize this first
Before you apply any productivity hacks or new routines, first realize and acknowledge to yourself that you will never, I repeat never, accomplish everything in one day that you need to.
“My meetings always seem to drag on at the end.”
I often hear that from leaders whose one-hour meetings always take the full hour (or more).
Despite the agenda being fully covered in 45 minutes, the team believes that somehow the remaining fifteen minutes marked on their calendars must be filled. There is seemingly an unwritten requirement somewhere that states that meetings scheduled for a certain time period must never last less time than was scheduled by the organizer. Pffft.
Allow me to introduce you to Jim Wang from Microblogger.
Jim built a hugely successful personal finance blog all the way back in dial-up days (2005) and now has an awesome blog at Microblogger.com. Check him out and enjoy this bit of awesomeness from him.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
That’s known as Parkinson’s law and it comes from the first sentence of an essay, written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson, that was published in The Economist in 1955.
It’s since been cited numerous times and while it’s not a law in the “we have tons of data to prove it” sense, it’s an idea that you should take to heart if you’re trying to run a business.
When I started my personal finance blog, Bargaineering, I was doing it as a fun little side project. I’d find myself with a lot of time after work and given the deluge of personal finance news and information I had to digest (reading 401k manuals wasn’t my idea of fun but you have to do it!), I thought it’d be useful to keep a journal. It just so happened that I did it as a blog.