With a thousand things to do this year, only a few can generate extra time for you. So let’s make them count!
Optimize for Productivity
We can make time by planning, but we also need to do more with our hours. When you are faced with 101 things to do in a day, productivity and streamlining processes becomes essential. One way to optimize productivity is to use routines and create habits.
Doing things in routines allows you to do them quickly with a minimum of thought. You can group several similar tasks, or tasks that need to be done concurrently or sequentially into a routine so that you do them consistently and efficiently. This works very well for things that need to get done daily, and chances are you already have a routine for your personal hygiene, such as: shower, brush teeth, do hair.
When you take a little time to create a routine for a daily task, you can consider the best placement of items, where to keep supplies/equipment or how to declutter your workspace and keep it primed for that daily task. For less frequent jobs, you can create the best way to quickly convert your workspace for that task.
Is there something important in your life that you wish you did more often or more consistently? Make a routine for it, and tie it into something essential or something you naturally do often. For example, if you want to exercise more often, why not group it with your daily routine of going to a coffee shop for that mochaccino you find you need every day! Re-jig your morning routine to include a quick, light bite to eat and a big drink of water, jump into your workout clothes, grab the bag of street clothes you packed the night before, head to the gym, do a fast-and-intense workout (Crossfit is excellent for that), do all your personal hygiene at the gym, get dressed, drink a protein drink, and then head to your favourite coffee shop on the way to work (or to start your day). In this way, you have streamlined your process for exercising and tacked it onto an already established routine.
Let’s look at something you would like to do weekly. How about calling your grandma? Every time you visit, you vow to call more often, but then seem to forget. You feel it’s important, but somehow it never gets done. Why not create a routine for several weekly things, to group them together and streamline your processes? You might try something like calling your grandma every Saturday morning, right after you tidy the phone desk — you can water the plants and wipe down the bathroom sink while you chat.
For more visit myoptimity.com or http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/a-quick-and-dirty-way-to-optimize-your-productivity.html
Get the Energy you need
I am also a huge subscriber to the ENERGY PROJECT.
We often complain that we don’t have the time, but much of that is because we don’t have the energy, so we rather stay home, watch Netflix, relax in the backyard, veg in bed and catch up on sleep.
human beings are not computers
We’re not meant to run at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. Science tells us we’re at our best when we move rhythmically between spending and renewing energy — a reality that companies must embrace to fuel sustainable engagement and high performance.
We’re at our best when we move between expending energy and intermittently renewing our four core energy needs: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. (The Energy Project)
This concept help you understand the costs of your current energy management behaviours, and introduce you to a systematic set of strategies and practices to build more capacity.
… and in our case, more productive time.
So, I invite you all to highlight to yourself what is more important to you, and how much time/effort it will take to achieve that.
I invite you to optimize your energy for productivity in 2016!
We try to help at Optimity with our newest tool:
The Dooo Wellness app automatically adjusts to your schedule and inserts short snippets of activities to boost your energy, or relax and de-stress you. So that you are in an improved state when starting a task, whether it be a sales call, team meetings or individual document review.