7 Life Hacks for Creating More Time
Updated: May 1
Whether you are an employee, team leader or manager, these seven life hacks will help you increase your productivity in a healthy and sustainable way.
If you want to become more productive or complete more tasks in less time, you do not necessarily have to work longer or harder. Truly productive people are characterized by the fact that they use the available time particularly wisely.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.
Time slips through our fingers like sand from time to time but we are the ones who decides whe & where it slips. With the following tips, you too will be much more successful and much faster.
1 Avoid multitasking Doing too many things at once was identified by the majority of respondents to the Digital Work Report as the biggest productivity killer. A study by the University of London showed that multitasking in the office has similar effects on concentration as smoking marijuana or not sleeping at night. Especially for men, multitasking lowers IQ by up to 15 points - which is roughly equivalent to the mental performance of an 8-year-old. All in all, jumping from task to task instead of tackling them one after the other costs us up to 40 percent of our productive time, because, strictly speaking, #multitasking means just that. The fatal thing is that the brain constantly demands new stimuli, so it feels good to do several things "simultaneously". If you approach challenging work in a consistently focused manner, you can allow your brain to enjoy the joys of multitasking during routine tasks. With a little practice, you can make up for the 40 percent loss in the long run.
“One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.”
―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
2. Set limits Anyone who works on a computer has to fight against the #temptations of the Internet every day. And even if you think you're looking something up on YouTube or Facebook - any distraction from the actual task tears you away from your thoughts. When you return to work, you have to think again and lose valuable time. The Inspiration is also likely to be lost. Make yourself aware of the situations in which you can be particularly easily distracted and switch off disturbing factors such as smartphone, e-mail inbox, social media channels etc.
3. Stay on track Whether it's a new diet, exercise, or the office to-do list, many people cheat themselves out of their obligations by finding moral excuses. For example, if you work particularly hard and hard from Monday to Thursday, could you take it easy on Friday? No, don't set this trap for yourself, but treat yourself to a laxer program only after you have #achieved all the goals you have set.
4. First things first Studies have shown that #willpower decreases during the course of the day. Therefore, do not start the day with small tasks in the morning, but start right away with the most important things. In this way you will avoid that at the end of the day the really important tasks are no longer completed.
5. Get up immediately in the morning Many people delude themselves into thinking that by pressing the snooze button on the alarm clock they can get a few more minutes of extra sleep. But the "tricked-out" naps hurt you more than you think. The moment the first bell rings, your body starts secreting attention hormones to get you ready for the day. If you then go back to sleep, you are wasting this natural drive. In addition, the duration of a snooze phase (i.e. five to ten minutes) is not enough for the body to regain really #meaningful sleep. If you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you should put your alarm clock in another room so you have to get up!
6. Don't plan too much To have an idea of the course of the coming day is certainly useful. In this way, you can prepare things the nght before, which will ensure a smooth process the next day. However, you should avoid spending too much time on planning by completely defining the schedule for tomorrow's day. Working life always brings unexpected events. If you leave a daily buffer of about two hours in your planning, you can easily incorporate these surprises into your otherwise well-planned day. The contrast would be: Do not plan too little If you only concentrate on the goal, you often forget the many small steps that are necessary to get there. Therefore, in both the short and long term, consider all the tasks that you will have to master on the way to the big goal. If you already have these in mind at the start of the project, you will be able to assess much better what the time schedule actually is realistic. 7 Avoid perfectionism Laziness and incompetence often lead to deadlines not being met. #Perfectionism, however, is also one of the factors that can significantly affect a schedule. No matter whether you get stuck on a task or don't start it at all because you are afraid you won't be able to handle it well enough - neither will get you or the project any further. Worse still, it could even cause it to fail completely. So start and allow partial steps to be imperfect. If there is still time left at the end of the project, you can make improvements here.
One of the biggest illusions that we live in is that we think we have #unlimited time. With that mindset, we are uncontrolled to waste it as much as we can.
So plan and use your time wisely.