Life is short and how most hours get wasted at the computer in checking emails, making facebook, twitter and Instagram updates, while things that really do matter get neglected!
These few things will help you free your time, so that you have enough free time for your friends, family and even yourself.
1. STOP multi-tasking!
We believe that we can do eight things at once so we should do eight things at once. But that is exactly what is wrong. If you pride yourself in multi-tasking then that means you’re really good at nothing. We never really get good at things when we constantly change our focus, from writing, problem solving to email reading and chatting. This just has to stop! Instead of doing eight things together, do one thing completely and then focus on the next task. The sooner you stop multi-tasking, the sooner you will get your work done.
In order to stop multi-tasking, set hard deadlines and rewards for yourself. If you have to work, then work and finish it as soon as you can, read an email later, keep it as a reward. This is easier said than it is done, so instead of leaving it to ourselves we will follow the next step.
2. USE technology
We train ourselves for years to for unproductive habits, but habits can change and let technology help you change them.
Step 1:- Track what takes up your time. See what you do the entire day. Channel your day into a 30 minute spreadsheet.
Step 2:- Download the app “Self-restraint” for your pc. This app lets you select websites that you wish to block for a certain amount of time. Once this application is on, all you can do is nothing. While the timer is running, you can’t access the blocked websites, even if you turn off your pc or uninstall the app.
Step 3:- Sign out of your chat account and stay out. Leave a “Do not disturb” status to let people know that you will not be available. You can connect when you have time.
3. Dominate your email!
If you track the hours you spend on reading your emails every day. You will be surprised. Once you open your email, getting lost in the clutter is easy. Dominate your email by following these steps:
Step 1:- Turn off all notifications. Set a separate time for checking your emails, don’t always reach for your phone or pc as soon as a pop up appears.
Step 2:- Get your email in your control. Turn on features like, send and archive, auto-advance and background send.
Step 3:- Make two folders in your account; Action and Non-essential. If you don’t read newsletters or announcements, UNSUBSCRIBE yourself from such websites. Filter blogs, newsletters and social media updates into “Non-essential”. You can read them in your free time. Filter emails from family, friends and co-workers into “Action”. Come back to them as soon as you can and then archive.
Follow these steps and you can easily conquer your email. You will be in and out of your account in no time. Start my filtering the older emails and soon you will have no trouble.
4. UNCLUTTER and pick fewer tasks.
The less your surroundings are cluttered the less overwhelmed you will get. Clean your desktop. Bookmark pages that you would like to read rather than cluttering your desktop with multiple tabs opened at once. Instead of making a big “To-do list”, pick three tasks that you can complete each day. This way you will pick tasks and finish them the same day.
5. Start small
You can bring changes in our life, you can find time for everything; you just need to start taking small steps. Soon you will see a remarkable change in your life. Nobody believes your excuses except you, so start making these changes in your life and soon you will have additional time left to spare on things you never believed were possible!
Try these 5 simple steps, and soon you will have a life you always wished for! All the best!