These are 5 simple strategies for your daily routine. Add them into your day to save time, increase productivity, and reduce stress.
This is a guest post by Laur Davidson, an aspiring entrepreneur and recent graduate. Thanks, Laur!
When you look at your daily routine, do you find yourself trying to cram a bunch of activities into the same window of time? Is there simply just not enough time in the day to get everything done?
This was my life not too long ago. I always wondered why I never seemed to get anything done and why I felt stressed and rushed when I tried to be productive
It came to me one day that I needed to spread out the things that I do and better plan my days so that I did not become burnt out. I have entered a new career and am excited to be able to bring home a paycheck from there. While I make a modest amount of money, I also want to boost how productive I am and make more money, especially since I’m one of the 44 million Americans saddled with student debt. Why sit around and watch TV when I could hop on the computer and make some money (and pay off my loans)?
These are the 5 strategies I use to save time and be more productive. Try implementing them into your daily routine to have more time on your hands and opportunities for money to be made.
#1 Organize Your Space
I am not a disorganized person, but I would not say I’m organized either. It will take you about a day to do it, but you need to organize your workspace. Whether it is a desk in the living room or a complete office area, organization matters and it can help you free up time that you would be spending looking for notes, paper, or pens.
#2 Stop the Distracting Activities
Okay, I know that it can be difficult to sit in front of a computer and not look around on the Internet or check out social media. Who doesn’t want to know what the President ate for lunch or who the next big actor in Hollywood is?
All the things mentioned above are just distractions that will cost you a lot of time with no return. While you can use the Internet and such on breaks, avoid doing it while you are being productive, as it will slow you down. Set aside time to investigate your friend’s social media page or to read the latest news.
#3 Have a To-Do List and Stick to It
It can be difficult to free up time when you have no idea what you need to do anyways. It helps to make a to-do list the night before so that you know what tasks need to be accomplished. This way, you can prepare for those tasks and spend less time trying to figure out what you need to do.
I use this strategy a lot and I often plan a couple of days in advance so that I always have an idea of what is going on and what I need to do.
#4 Ditch the Phone and Email
If you have a locked drawer somewhere, put the phone in it. If you can hide your email from your site, do it. I save a lot of time throughout the day by setting up a schedule where I check my phone and my email. If you constantly check either of these items, you will find that you do not accomplish much throughout the day. In fact, a simple email check can throw you off and cause you to lose 10 to 15 minutes of valuable time every time you do it.
#5 Stop Over-thinking Things
One of the things I struggled with the most was that I would waste time over-thinking the tasks I completed. Now, I simply look my work over once to verify it and then send it off. I have saved as much as 10 minutes per hour by just doing this and it allows me to get another one or two projects completed during my day.
What changes will you make to your daily routine?
The strategies above are ones that I use daily and I have greatly improved my productivity. I successfully work a full-time job and come home and work a part-time freelance career. I am happy with where I am at and I have found that I used to waste a lot of time throughout the day – time I cannot get back.
Laur Davidson is a recent graduate looking to pay down her student loan debt via freelance writing. You can find her on LaurDavidson.com.
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