In a fast-paced digital world that keeps moving at the speed of light, many of us are trying to take a step back, and figure out how to save one of our most valuable resources, time. Streamlining at work can help save — and make — lots of money, while saving time at home helps you devote more energy to important things like family, hobbies and taking some much needed rest and relaxation!
Here are some tips on how to save time and be more productive.
Focus on One Task at a Time
Your ability to multitask has been a thing of beauty for many years. These days, you can respond to an email, make dinner, help your son with homework, and watch the game, all at the same time, right? You can probably even be checking Facebook while ordering holiday gifts as you work on your weekly reports at work, right? Wrong. Multitasking is bad for your brain, and it actually causes you to spend even more time on each individual task. Instead of trying to do everything all at once, decide which task is most important and do that first, then move onto the next thing. You will be able to concentrate more fully and save time in the long run once you start “monotasking.”
Close Those Zillions of Tabs
Going back to this idea of multitasking – it doesn’t actually help you be more productive when you’re doing physical tasks, and it definitely doesn’t help while you’re online. If you think having ten tabs open, as opposed to one, helps your ability to focus – you are wrong. Keeping only one tab open at a time forces you to stay focused. Then, only once you are done you should close that one tab and open another – therefore moving on to another train of thought. Also, having Facebook constantly open, and only a click away, is just too tempting for many people. Stay focused and only use one tab at a time.
Set Limits on How Often You Check Your Phone
If you are like most of the population, you now have a hard time going a full hour (perhaps even five minutes) without looking at your phone – from answering a text, to posting a status update on Facebook, or responding to an email. The scary part is that more people than ever, regardless of it being illegal, are on their phones while driving. Just take a look around the next time you’re stopped at a light — distracted drivers are making the roads increasingly more dangerous. Limit the number of times you check your phone for things like Email, Twitter, Facebook and texts. Determine the number of times you will check your phone for the day — or before a certain time — then stick to it no matter what.
You’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll save, and how much more productive you can be.