We all have so many menial tasks throughout the day, and they ruin our ability to get things done. And sometimes the biggest obstacle is ourselves. Laziness, lack of knowledge, and failing to plan are just a couple things that slow us down
Here are 11 ways to save time throughout the day and get stuff done.
1 Keep Learning
Learning is the first step to get things done. And with YouTube or Wikipedia, there is so much knowledge out there that is easily available, most simple tasks have already been figured out. So if you’re stuck on something, look for inspiration. Someone else has likely already figured it out, and they want others to learn it as well.
2 Develop Systems & Pair Things Together
Your nightstand has a lamp, with books, a pen, and paper. And all of us have this, because we’ve grown up with that cultural set-up. But the same thing should apply to everything we own, not just the obvious things. Keep a pen with paper in each room of your home, and in your car, so you jot notes quickly when needed. Always put your wallet, cell phone, and keys in the same place, so that when you leave home you can quickly pick them up. Developing systems like this, and pairing similar items spatially together, will save you hours each day. Do this with everything you own.
3 Prioritize & Learn to Say “No”
Knowing what’s important, and what isn’t, will really help simplify your life. This means learning to say “No” to things you can’t do or don’t believe in. Establish the things you know you want to do in life, and prioritize your daily tasks. Write them down, and if something doesn’t match your goals then make sure you don’t take them on.
4 Start Small
Tasks seem daunting and impossible when stacked up next to each other. But when you take them step by step – starting from smallest to largest – they can seem manageable. The same goes with getting rid of debt, or starting a new business, or changing a habit. When you get lots of small things finished, it feels like you’re checking off to-do items quickly. If you take on the largest task first, you may not finish because you’ll get overwhelmed. Always start small.
5 Use the Right Tools
If you have a slow computer, or a slow internet connection, you can’t work quickly. If I don’t have a nice camera, I can’t take quality photos. Buying the right tools means saving time and creating higher quality work. Instead of going cheap, buy high-quality tools that will last. And don’t bother buying the tools that you don’t need. Instead, put that money towards the stuff you actually need.
6 Do What You Love & Let Others Do What They Love
In life, there is too much to know, and too much to do. So be willing to let others do what they’re good at. This also means working with the right people, and choosing to work with people that love what they do. This will save you tons of time, and will help build good teams that would otherwise not exist if everything were done solely by you.
7 Take Lots of Breaks, Sleep Well, Eat Well, & Get Out
A lot of people sacrifice sleep. They think they can get a lot done if they sleep less. But your mind and body function optimally if you sleep the right amount. Take lots of short breaks throughout the day, and take time to relax and eat. Your body will be a lot more adjusted to getting work done that needs to be done. In fact, try to take at least 2 hours every day just keep simple, relax, and re-energize.
8 Drive Less
Driving takes up a lot of time. And with computers, it’s easy to cut down on driving time. Instead of spending time and money driving to stores for menial items, order them online. The internet usually has better prices than stores, and the cost to ship them to your house is much less expensive than the gas and wear on your car. And scheduling the times you drive, so that you get all your errands done at once.
9 Plan Ahead & Keep Up with your To-Do Lists
When you have a road-map of what you need to do, you can visually see your tasks, and check items off as they get done. Write down your to-do lists every day, either in your online Calendar, on a to-do list, or on your phone. Bundle similar tasks together, so you can get those tasks done at the same time, rather than sporadically throughout the day.
10 Focus On One Task at a Time
A big way to save time is to get rid of the things that distract you. Listening to music or watching TV while you work is distracting and will slow you down. If you’re critically thinking about something, you really need to get in a quiet space and focus on a single task and finish it completely.
11 Get Rid of Useless Stuff
Certain things just get in the way. And it’s mostly because we don’t need them. Look around your home and see what you don’t need. Sell it on Amazon or Craigslist and get it out of your life. Useless stuff takes up our time, energy, and thoughts, which could be better spent elsewhere.