Getting more IMPORTANT things done in less time, sounds great right? The problem with so many people is that they think they don't have enough time because they keep themselves too busy with things that don't really matter, or are less important.
I was the same way until I had to step back and see why I wasn't getting the stuff I really needed to get done every day, done. It was because I was just keeping myself busy with less important things and tricking myself into thinking I was being productive.
What this lead to was me getting things done, but it wasn't really what I needed to get done. They were just "like to have done" things rather than things that got me closer to my goals.
For example, I was going to the gym mid day and reading after and then going on a walk, which were great habits to have, just not in the middle of the day when I had more important stuff to do.
That left the important things, that would get me closer to my goals, on the back burner and often pushed them off to the "next day" which would then turn into pushing them off the next day as well.
How about we start getting more done in less time, by focusing more on when we are doing stuff, sounds like a win-win to me.
Where Most People Go Wrong
As mentioned in the previous section, many people (myself included) mistake being busy for being productive. There is a clear difference as being busy just constitutes doing basic things that you do everyday or just running errands, while being productive gets you closer to goals you have long term. I guess a better word for productive, using this definition, would be "effective." So, where do people go wrong when they are trying to be more effective during the day? Let's take a look...
The major thing is that they never sit down to think about what they need to do in order to reach their goals and then what they are currently doing during the day. They just kind of push off the productive and effective tasks until "later in the future" which we all know means they likely never will get done.
The major area where people go wrong though is with their To-Do lists. They just make a giant list of basic tasks they need to get done and then either don't put any productive tasks on it, because they will do them "after" they say, so just add them at the end of the list after other things are done for the day.
That is a great example of flawed priorities because they are prioritizing the basic tasks during the day that could realistically still get done after the things that help you reach your goals.
Say you want to start a website, yet you just "can't find the time." How about before you watch any TV, go to the gym for the day or even go to eat, you get a few pages done on the website. That gives you a start and you will still be able to get everything you need done for that day done.
It really is just a flawed sense of priorities ad not taking the time to sit down and write a real to do list with the most important things first.
Why Doing Easier Tasks In The Morning Doesn't Work
I have heard too many people say that they like to get the easy tasks out of the way in the morning because it gives them the momentum for the rest of the day and makes them feel more accomplished.
While that might be slightly true, look at it from this point of view...
You have the most energy in the morning, right when you wake up and you slowly deplete your energy source during the day. Why would you waste the time with your most energy on tasks that are easy to get done? What this looks like for most people is doing something in the morning that makes them feel productive, then heading to work and coming home later at night with little energy and just relaxing the rest of the night, saying they will start on their goals when they have more energy "tomorrow," but tomorrow is the same story.
What if they just did something to get them closer to their goals in the morning, before work, to make sure it was done and then all they would have to do is the easy tasks when they get home. Seems logical to me.
When you don't prioritize the important (and often harder) tasks like this, you will just push them off until later down the road and they will never get done.
How to Start Being More Effective
Here is hands down the best thing you can do, from what I have tried so far, to make yourself more effective during the day, plan out your day the night before. I am sure you have heard this before but have you actually tried it because it really works. It is often the most simple things that work the best but people over look them because they think it has to be more complex than that.
Start off by making a list of everything you are going to do tomorrow and then go through and order it in level of priority, in terms of what will get you closer to your goals. Once you do that, I like to break my day down by the hour, or even half hour, and start with that most important thing of the day ASAP in the morning (after my morning routine which takes about 30 minutes).
By breaking it down by the hour, it will help you get out of bed easier as you will feel behind on the day if you don't.
These steps have really helped me and I hope you try them out for yourself and let me know how they worked for yourself! It is time to quit doing just the easy things to get done and tricking our minds to think we are productive. How about we actually be productive.
I hoped you really learn something from this because even if you have all of your habits in line and feel like you are getting a lot done, if you are missing this one thing from your daily routine, then you are missing a ton of upside potential for your life and income!
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Have a great week,
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