Do more in less time

Do you want to achieve more? Do you want to reach more goals? Yes, of course you do. However we’re all limited by time. We each get 24 hours in a day. Those who make $100,000+ a year have just as many hours in a day as those who make sub $50,000 a year. No-one gets more hours.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that we each only get 24 hours in a day. But it takes a driven person to want to achieve more and do more with what they have.

It’s very easy to go on day by day, week by week, month by month just doing the things you ‘need’ to do. Not really hitting any major goals or milestones. Not really getting where you wish you were.

You know what your goals are. You know what you need to do to get there and to achieve them. But something’s holding you back. I’m going to go out on a limb and take a punt and say that the single largest thing that’s holding you back right now… is time management.

And I know that I’m right in saying this for most people.

Sure you can say funding’s the issue. You can say that you don’t have the right personnel. There can be a ton of things which you can identify that may be holding you back. But I really believe that the single largest thing is your time management.

If you found a way to do more in less time, to be more productive and more efficient, you could perhaps find extra funding (or sell your time for money to raise those funds). You could even go out and network and meet the right people that you need to bring on. Most things require time. With proper time management you can do as much work in one day as some people do in two days!

But “time management”. Ugh. That sounds “disciplinary” and “gross”.

It doesn’t have to mean re-writing your entire life. It doesn’t mean having to miss out on that favourite show, or favourite activity.

What it does mean is focusing. When you’re working – work. Like really work. What distracts you? Is it Facebook? Just log out. Is it text messaging? Put your phone on silent and only pick it up if someone’s calling you. Is it email? Log out and set a specific “email” time during your day.

Instead of working an hour and achieving 45 minutes worth of work, you’ll be working an hour and getting an hour’s worth of work done. Multiplied by 8 hours in a day. You’ll have achieved 2 hours more in a day! Over 5 days a week, that’s 10 hours. That’s about an extra day and a half’s worth of work.

Think of the possibilities. You don’t have to work longer hours to achieve more than everyone else. You just need to work smarter.

This article has 3 comments

  1. silver price

    Any professional worth his salt has a calendar filled to the brim with meetings, appointments and deadlines. Why not pencil in time for exercise, too? If you’re really ready to make a commitment to improving your lifestyle, schedule exercise into your routine and treat it like an important business meeting. Once you’ve added it to your regular calendar, you’ll be surprised at how easily everything else falls into place. At the same time, don’t beat yourself up if something unavoidable comes up and you have to cancel. Just don’t use this as an excuse to cancel the rest of your exercise appointments for the week! A Fort Worth personal training expert can help you stay on track by holding you accountable!

  2. Ovidiu Puscas

    That’s a valid point, however I’m not saying here that you should work 40-60+ hours a week. I’ve done that and you’re right – it gets very draining. To the point of messing with your thinking and general outlook.

    Working more than 40 hours a week does not a pleasant man make.

    What I am saying is that the 40 hours a week you do spend working… work. Sure, we can’t be 100% productive for 8 hours straight in a day. But “working” 8 hours in a day and only achieving 4, maybe 6, hours worth of actual work in a day is not great use of time. 

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