Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Time Saving Habits

You and I, Oprah and the Facebook guy all have 24 hours in our day. The difference between us is not the number of assistants we have (ha!) but how we personally use those 24 hours. I want to encourage you with 5 time saving habits I use in order to be more productive.

1 • Choose 2 Social Media Platforms - Instead of wasting time checking 10 social media accounts, log off 8 and stick with 2. Which ones? The ones that give you the best results. I learned this the hard way. I was super sad one day because no one was responding to my latest video on a certain platform and I remember that my friends were all on Facebook. Once I switched to doing videos there, I was able to get much better results. By choosing to stick with two, I immediately save time and my social media efforts have given me better results.

2 • Reset your Goals - September is the new January. It is time to plan how you will accomplish your goals. There are a lot of projects that can be accomplished by December 31 if you start now. The key is not to get depressed about your previous lack of action but to remember the possibilities you have to make progress towards your goals. Resetting your goals give you margin. Margin is basically boundaries. When you respect your boundaries you save lot of time.

3 • Finish what you start - No one enjoys the sight of a home (or office) full of unfinished projects. Get in the habit of finishing what you started. The other day I tried my best to avoid a laundry room full of unfinished projects. I decided to finished what I started and things improved drastically there. This week I started to draft the first 3 chapters of a book I plan to pitch to an agent. As I finish this project I started I will be free to pursue other goals. Friend, I find that tricking myself to complete tasks is the way to go. I time myself and basically convince my mind that it won't take that long. Knowing what motivates you is the key to finishing what you started.

4 • Renegotiate your Fall Schedule - Every major (and minor) TV Network has a Fall schedule full of shows we cannot miss. By committing to old and new shows you might be locking between 6-15 productive hours to advertisers. I'm not saying you shouldn't watch TV, I am saying, look at your Fall schedule and notice who has most of your off-work hours. Renegotiate your volunteering commitments. If its not Focused Volunteering, forget it. Focusing Volunteering is the act of using your skill set and time limitations to make the greatest impact in your organization of choice. Look at your Fall schedule now and decide how you can best use your off-work time. Also, remember that you are the only person who can change your schedule because you set it in the first place.

5 • Rest, the secret weapon - Rest is the most underutilized productivity hack. If you get enough rest, you will be more productive. If you need research on the topic, the internet can help you. If you need a real person's account, I'm your girl. Getting enough rest at night helped me overcome one of the most stressful years of my life. Because I chose to rest, my brain was able to have much needed clarity. I also felt more empathy for difficult people in my life. It was during that year that I created my 45-minute organization strategy. This strategy has helped stay organized for the last 2 years. Rest is important and it is a mandate by the God who created us. It is not a sign of weakness but a tool in order to live a more fulfilling life.

• What are your time saving habits?

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