“Pretend your time is worth $1,000/hr. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry?” –Niklas Göke
Most of us have clue what we are doing with our time and yet we complain we dont have enough of it.The main culprit is busyness and lack of focus.Treat time as a resource similar to money and you will get more productive. Time unlike money cant be earned making it even more precious. What should we do ? How can I get more productive ?
Here is the thing folks power concentrates around us, being consistent in your routine and sticking to it no matter what is the only way you are going to be productive.Consistency helps create psychological spikes and ticking items off your daily to do checklist provides a dopamine kick to the brain.
A technique I have personally found very effective is timeblocking my days into chunks. If I can get in the zone for 3 hrs, stay uninterrupted I feel I get a lot done. You can’t keep waiting for inspiration to strike or when you have a good mood. You have to be in the moment and get it done.Yes I repeat put your head down and get shit done. That is how it works. As someone once said the walls , the hurdles, the barriers are for the other people, they are to keep out those who dont want it bad enough.
To be able to successfully enter the flow states of mind you must practise self discipline.You must reflect for a few moments may be after waking up or before you go to sleep so as to see the bug picture of where you want to go and what you want to do. Don’t waste away life couch surfing. You can’t be living your life following someone elses footsteps or worse not even knowing where you are headed.
Another great idea to start off your idea is to make note of habits that ruin your day. This could me a specific person, some situation out of your control. Regardless of what it is you have to learn to let go and not let it take up your mind.Don’t let anyone live rent free in your head.Identify work that has dimishing returns, elimninate it or at least minimize the time you spent doing it.
Next coming to prioritisation, follow the GCD principles
- Will this take less than 2 minutes to handle? Just do it
- Is it something I want to read? Send it to Instapaper
- If not, is it reference material? Send it to Evernote
- If not, and it’s a task, send it to Things
- If none of the above, delete or archive it
In the digital age we are constantly bombared with information, notifications, useless mindless chatter. Most often nothing is an emergency. Learn to be deliberate with your time, turn of those damn notifications now.Stop being a digital slave.
99% of the time its not an emergency, turn off those notifications now
Here are some closing thoughts, follow the pomedero technique for better planning your day and time boxing.Figure out what’s most important to you and what works within your lifestyle — there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.Hope you enjoyed reading. Share your thoughts in comments down below or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org