How To Get 50x More Done In The Time You Have
In this post, you’re going to learn how to be about 50 times more productive so you can get more done in the limited time that you have.In this post, you're going to learn how to be about 50 times more productive so you can get more done in the limited time that you have. Click To Tweet
And if you read the end of this post, I’m going to give you my number one strategy to deal with probably what is one of the biggest time-suckers that you have to deal with each and every day.
So let’s get started.
The biggest problem we have as online entrepreneurs or marketers is being able to get through the big list of tasks so we cand do as much as we possibly can each and every day with the limited time that we have.
I try and spend maybe one hour or two hours a day on the business.
I try and get as much done as I possibly can.
Let’s have a look at how I approach doing this.
The first thing to do is to list your top three priorities or goals for that day.
What are you gonna focus on?
Then note the tasks that you absolutely need to do that day, and write those down. It would be best if you planned the times to complete those priorities and tasks.
Schedule those down in the day first.
I plan my work in 25-minute bursts. There’s some science around that, and I’ll come to that in a little bit later on.
I plan in 25-minute bursts, defining a clear outcome for the bursts.
So say if you’re working on emails, you say in that 25 minutes, “I am gonna write one email,” whether that’s a broadcast/newsletter or as part of your follow-up series.
At the end of each 25-minute burst, you need to take a five-minute rest, stand up, walk around, grab a drink, do whatever you need to do, switch your brain off from the task that you’re doing.
Don’t think about what you’re going to do next.
Give yourself that break, it freshens the brain up, it gets you ready for the next burst of activity.
Make sure you follow your plan.
Set out your groups of 25-minute bursts, and follow that plan. This really really important. Don’t get distracted.
You’ll find that as you go through these bursts of activity, you get a lot more done, and you stay a lot more focused during that period.
After lunch, sit down and review your priorities, your goals, and plan the next period of what you’re doing.
If you’re like me and you’re working for maybe an hour or two hours, I would, After my first hour, sit down and review and go, “Okay, what have I got done? Is there anything that I’m missing?” and make sure the second hour is as productive as the first.
If you’re doing this all day, you can do this review after lunchtime.
Take a break and review, and then add any new goals and tasks that you want to try and achieve in the time that you’ve allocated for that work. Then obviously, go back to your plan, you work in 25-minute bursts, etc., and repeat the process.
So, here is the reason why this works
Typically, people can concentrate for about 20 to 25 minutes.
I’ve discovered this ’cause I’m slightly dyslexic, and my attention span is about 15-20 minutes, so I plan for 25-minute bursts.
I find I actually complete and finish off a lot more tasks.
I use my iPhone, I use the timer to time the 25 minutes,
I get my work done in the 25 minutes I stand up, and then I walk around.
If I have to spend more time to complete the task, schedule time later on or the next day to finish.
Typically because you’re on a timer, you will find you will finish those tasks because you concentrate with a laser focus.
As promised at the beginning of the video,
I’m going to give you my top strategy for dealing with one of the biggest time-suckers that we all face each and every day, and that time-sucker is email.I'm going to give you my top strategy for dealing with one of the biggest time-suckers that we all face each and every day, and that time-sucker is email. Click To Tweet
When you’re focusing on a task using these 25 minutes strategy, the last thing you need to have is a distraction from your email.
So this is how you deal with it.
Plan your day. First thing in the morning, say 10 or 15 minutes to look at your emails, plan time at lunchtime, say five minutes to look at your email, and then at the end of the day, another 10 or 15 minutes.
Plan those times and stick to those times only to look at your email.
To stop you from getting disturbed by email, switch off your notifications on Outlook or whatever you’re using so that they don’t pop up on your screen.
The same for your mobile phone, switch off those alerts, those notifications on your iPhone/Andriod.
If you do that, you control what you look at when you look at it, not the other way round.
To enable you to get more done each and every day, you need to control the environment you’re in, and that’s one of the best ways I’ve discovered to manage email and the interruptions from what I actually call email emither, throughout the day.
So, quickly again, that’s set three times a day, morning, lunchtime, afternoon to look at your emails, switch off your notifications.
You will find you will get much more done, and if, obviously, you put in place the strategy that I have just given you.
Thank you so much, I’ll see you on the next blog post.