Three tips on creating time when consumed by your business
Here are three things you can do to improve productivity with little effort.
You will create more free time to spend doing the things you really love.
Free time is essential for your sanity, but also for the sanity of those you love. Your spouse and children yearn for quality time. That means they need some moment every day at which they get your undivided attention.
But also your business will benefit from this since extra time means you can take on additional tasks and projects. Or you can spend this time into marketing some of your products and generate extra income.
How can I scale my time?
Short of inventing a cloning device, it seems like an impossible task. Here are three things you can do to scale your time and grow your business.
1. Mind Focus Training
Train your mind to focus. Focus is probably the main ingredient for a stew of good productivity. Numerous techniques exist, and those are food for another blog, but I can recommend a meditation exercise by Bob Proctor.
Now before you write this off as some spiritual mumbo jumbo, try to look at it as a motivation technique. By visualising your purpose, you are defining your goals. If you work without goals in your life, you are just floating like a boat without a skipper.
2. Create lists and super focus on finishing them
There is no better feeling than crossing a to-do item off your list. Immediate gratifications like that are very motivating. Create a to-do list every day and adopt the Pomodoro technique to finalise them with super focus. The way it works is surprisingly simple:
- Work in 25-minute intervals, this is not a long time, but practice to be 100% focused during that time.
- Take a 5-minute break in-between each of your Pomodoro’s.
- Protect yourself from any distractions during the Pomodoro interval.
- Try to accurately predict how many Pomodoro’s you will need to finish a task.
- Monitor how many Pomodoro’s each of your to-do’s take to get completed.
For me, those are the most important guidelines, and the video below offers a few more if you are interested.
3. Rest, Breaks and power naps
I wrote a complete article about this right here: Does Taking Breaks Increase Productivity.
Rest well and take regular breaks. If you want to take a nap, make it about 10 to 20 minutes long between 1 pm and 3 pm. You don’t need to sleep; just having your eyes closed and relaxing is already a good step in the right direction.
Here is a book that is very interesting to read: Rest, why you get more done when you work less. I am linking to an audio version of the book because that is another way you can save time!
What will you do with your extra free time?
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