You Can Be More Productive With Less Time

  • Meg Jensen 
  • 6 min read
productivity

Are you tired of not having enough hours in the day?

You’re always doing for others and rarely getting time for yourself.

The time you do get, you’re a zombie on the couch scrolling through social media and wishing your life was as much fun as everyone else seems to be.

You spend hours doing this, then when you finally crash from exhaustion, the alarm goes off what feels like 92 seconds after you fell asleep.

Now you start all over with serving everyone else and….

The cycle continues to drain you.

Until one day you just snap.

The overwhelming frustration becomes too much.

The frustration, anger, and tears being to fall and roll.

Your family wonders what is going on because you’ve held it together for so long.

Yea…..

I was there, too.

I was stressed out and felt like I could never catch up.

Constantly juggling stuff and always feeling like I was running.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to be busy and quite enjoy being productive, but when it becomes stressful, that’s no fun.

THERE IS HOPE

Productivity can be enjoyable if it’s planned strategically.

Strategy happens to be my best strength and I love teaching others how to harness it, too.

EVALUATION TIME

It’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on your current approach to daily tasks.

Things to consider…

PRIORITIES

This is the first step to strategizing your day, and sadly, is where so many people go awry.

Break your daily tasks into 3 categories:

Must-Do, Can-Do, Want-To-Do

MUST DO

CAN DO

WANT TO DO

Feed the people in your house

Laundry

Netflix

Pay the bills

Projects

See friends

Clean the house

Research ideas

Coffeehouses

Work

Errands

Pinterest

Your must do’s are things like Feed yourself and the kids, pay the bills, clean the house (yes, it’s not optional if you want to gain the complete effects of productivity), and anything else that impacts your income, health, and safety.

Your Can Do’s are things that need to be done but do not impact your income, health, or safety. Things in this category are errands, researching ideas or projects, and laundry. Remember this is a DAILY list. So I am not saying don’t do laundry. It just isn’t a DAILY necessity. We will get to the planning of it.

Your Want To Do’s are just that. They are things that are comfortable, easy, and allow us to not exercise discipline and focus.

CREATING A PLAN

One of the first things I learned about being an entrepreneur was that time management is non-negotiable. When we are in charge of ourselves, the quickest thing we lose control of is time.

NON-NEGOTIABLES

Every single day, if you want to be successful in your daily endeavors as an entrepreneur or as someone who works inside the home, you must prioritize.

Each day, you should complete…

2-3 hours worth of Must Do Items

1-2 hours worth of Can Do Items

1-2 hours worth of Want to Do Items

Taking this approach is going to teach you discipline and focus. Which, in turn, will develop a routine that helps you develop massive productivity results.

PART 2

If you are wondering how you can get more organized than this, I am about to blow your mind.

BATCHING AND THEMING

When we use an approach called batching and theming, we group together different tasks that are similar in nature. This does a few things simultaneously.

First, it creates efficiency by keeping our minds on the same genre of tasks and the extended periods of focus often inspire creativity and rapid growth in productivity.

Second, this approach allows us to quickly complete tasks of likeness in nature and fulfill the desire to feel successful in our endeavors.

It’s true when you hear people say that your mindset can impact your success. And, if you are constantly feeling unaccomplished, it’s going to push you further down a rabbit hole that will suck you into the Want to Do World of zero accomplishment.

My weeks vary a lot because I can’t stand the same thing over and over. So, I mix my days up each week. You could keep it consistent if you wanted to, but one thing to remember is if you’re growing a business online, then you want to be consistent in your public image. This means, posting on the same days, at the same time, and having a set schedule. So your audience knows when to expect you.

EXAMPLE OF MY DAY

Teach online

kids lunches

snack

school

Exercise

breakfast

emails

social media business updates

content creation

lunch

vacuum

straighten up

nap/Netflix

snack

content creation

emails

kids from school

snack

homework

reading time

dinner

family time

shower

bed

 

BREAKING IT DOWN

I teach kids how to speak English online and that is where the majority of my income comes from.

The traditional classroom was not for me and I wanted flexibility with my passion for educating.

That is a MUST DO for me.

As well as getting the kids ready for the day.

Eating used to be something that I would skip.

It was bad.

I would go an entire day without eating or drinking anything.

So, I put it on my schedule.

Exercising was also something I never did.

Have you ever spent 2 hours in the gym?

Oh my gosh, I just did it. I started drinking Celery Juice and have more stamina when it comes to exercising.

Anyway, I categorize all my days like this and add in any appointments or activities as I plan my week.

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

I know what you’re thinking…That’s great, Meg. I can plan everything out, but things always get in my way. I could never stick to it.

Well, my friend, I had every excuse in the book too.

You can do this and I want to cheer you on!

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re going to target first.

Then, find me on Instagram and let’s connect! 🙂

I do LIVE Q&A sessions on my stories, so send me a DM anytime.

Keep Creating!

XO,

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Meaghan (Meg) is a former conventional classroom, award-winning educator that is passionate about education. Meg is a homeschooling mom and remote ESL teacher, and she shares her wealth of knowledge and passion for education to help other like-minded people.