Chances are, you find yourself thinking that there aren’t enough hours in the day. And anyone who doesn’t feel that way, I’d like to know your secret. But alas, we’re stuck with 24. So, how do we make the most of every hour?
With the nature of my job and client work, this can be especially challenging for me. But I’ve learned that juggling too many things at once never works out. Here’s my advice to make sure we’re all getting the most out of our day, thus able to spend more time doing the things we love.
Make the most of Sundays.
I’ve mentioned the importance of scheduling and prioritizing before. Take advantage of Sundays (or whatever free day you have) to get things done that often take away your focus from other things. Do you catch yourself during the work day thinking about errands you have to run? Knock those out on Sundays. I often dedicate my weekends to focusing on blog work, especially if I know I have a busy work week ahead.
Focus on one task at a time.
I know. This is easier said than done. But if you’re working on one task, you have to do your best to ignore everything else. I struggle with this the most when I get email notifications. I could be in the middle of something, but as soon as an email pops up, I feel like I have to answer it immediately.
Instead, try setting designated times of the day for certain tasks: reorganizing your desk, answering emails, reading text messages, etc. If that little red notification bothers you, skim it quickly. If it’s not urgent, flag it for later. Flagging my emails works really well for me, as I can refer to those important messages later without fear of forgetting.
Put the phone down.
In the digital age, this is hard to do, and we’re all probably guilty of this in some capacity.
When you’re looking at your phone, you’re not focused on anything else. How many times have you tried to talk to a friend while they’re looking at their phone, only to realize they aren’t listening to a word you are saying? Our phones, although they do so much for us, definitely cut into our productivity.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Obviously we can’t say no to everything, but there are times when we can, and should. If it’s a work meeting that can be rescheduled after you’ve finished a project deadline, try asking to reschedule. You’ll be more productive working on your project and you’ll be mentally present in your meeting. It’s okay to say no every now and then.