How to Have More Time: 12 Questions to Help You Double Your Productivity 191

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The truth is there are many ways to have more time, to double your productivity and to perform even better. It’s just that people aren’t willing to dedicate time and energy to read about and implement the right strategies, and thus just keep doing what they do, never having enough time, but complaining about it all the time.

I’ve found out that most of the things we do aren’t necessary. Also, the way we do them isn’t always the most practical.

We ourselves are losing the battle with procrastination, simply because we’re overburdened with tasks each day, don’t find any joy in the work we do, and are too lazy to find smarter and faster ways to do what we regularly do.

The solution to having more time and being twice as productive then lies in self-analysis – analyzing everything we do throughout the day, with every detail, time spent and results achieved.
Then, once we get the bigger picture, we can make changes.

And a great way to do this self-analysis of your time is by answering some specific questions connected to your daily activities and the way you get stuff done.

12 Questions to Ask Yourself to Double Your Productivity and Have More Time

1. Which of the tasks on your to-do list can be done by someone else?

Often what we think we should do can be executed by someone else. It’s just that we’re perfectionists and can’t leave it in someone else’s hands.

But in the long term, that costs us our precious time, which is usually equal to losing the money we could have made.

So don’t be afraid to delegate work to others. They may do it better, who knows.

All successful people are doing it. There are time-wasting activities that just take too long, and aren’t that important, but which need to be done. And that’s when you can tell others to do it.

That doesn’t apply only to the employer-employee relationship. You should reclaim your time at home too. Let others in the family do half of your chores if you want to have more time for yourself.

2. What are your 3 MITs?

[tweetthis]No matter how important, rich or busy you are, there are always just a few tasks on your to-do list that are more important than anything else.[/tweetthis]

If you focus on them and complete them first thing in the morning, you’ll have achieved enough to move onto less important stuff and still feel accomplished.

In different stages of your life these MITs will change. At one point it will all be connected to passing your exams at college, but then it will be all about making some money. Then comes the family phase, and no business task can stay higher on the list than what’s related to your children.

You get the point.

What you should do after you answer this question is to simply become aware of the fact that at any moment you’ll have 1-3 super important things. Focus on them. And even on your days off, keep them in mind.

They are what will make you exceed in life. Everything else is secondary.

3. Are you sleeping more than you need to?

We’re told that 8 hours per night is the right number to stay healthy. That’s ingrained in us since childhood.
But have you tried sleeping for 5-6 hours a day? If you have and are doing it right, then you know you can be highly productive without the other 2-3 hours.

Things is, we sleep more than we need just because we think we should. But if you’re in the part of your life where you want to create a business, make money, be active, help others, leave a mark in the world, or to just study like crazy, then you should sleep less and have more time instead.

I’ve read about plenty of entrepreneurs that sleep just a few hours per night, but that make the most of them, and get up insanely early just to keep working on what they believe in. And after some time, such effort always pays off.

Also, the more you sleep, the more you wanna keep doing it and the lazier you are.

4. What are the things you do daily that give you 80% of the results?

The Pareto principle is always in motion.

According to Wiki, it states that “roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”

And it applies to every single area of life.

Here are some examples Mark Manson gives in this post:

“the 80% of people you spend time with who only add 20% of the pleasure in your life (spend less time with them). The 80% of crap you use 20% of the time (throw it out or sell it). The 80% of the clothes you wear 20% of the time (same thing).

Identifying the 20% of the food you eat 80% of the time will probably explain whether you keep a healthy diet or not and how healthy it is. Hey, who needs to follow a diet? Just make sure to switch to where the 20% of food you eat 80% of the time is healthy.

When I first considered how the 80/20 Principle applied to my own life, I instantly realized a few things.

1. A few of my hobbies (television shows and video games) accounted for 80% of my time only brought me 20% of my fulfillment.
2. I didn’t enjoy a few of my friends who I spent 80% of my time with (hence I was not happy in my social life).
3. 80% of what I spent my money on was not useful or healthy for my lifestyle.”

That goes on and on until you figure out what actually brings you results, do more of it, and eliminate the rest.

5. Are you trying to be perfect and get everything done?

Cause that usually means getting nothing done. Or if you do, never having the results you want.

[tweetthis]Perfectionism is a productivity killer. So let go of it if you want to have more time and spend it the way you want.[/tweetthis]

6. What are your lazy habits and what can you do about them?

In this post I’ve outlined 22 lazy habits most people are doing these days. Check them out and see how you can fix the ones you’ve developed through the years.

7. Do you start working on your most important tasks first thing in the morning?

develop good habits

That’s what you should be doing to have more time in the long-term.

It goes together perfectly with getting up early and having a powerful morning routine (like that one).

It’s important to do your MITs before everything else for a few reasons:

• it helps you jumpstart your day and after that you’re motivated and energized to move onto other tasks;
• you feel accomplished enough before others have even woken up;
• in the morning you’re full of energy and haven’t used your willpower yet, so it’s best to invest these in getting done the things that matter the most.

8. Do you usually plan more than 2 big things in one day?

Well, don’t.

Don’t forget that our willpower is a finite resource, that we have a short attention span, can’t be focused for that much time and get bored easily. That means your performance will be poor if you do more than 2 big things (projects, events, tasks, etc.) a day.

9. Are you setting deadlines for your tasks?

That’s one of the biggest motivators to actually make us start working on something and complete it.

Don’t underestimate the power of having a deadline. And preferably make it a short-term one for each task.
That creates urgency. Otherwise, you can put off forever.

10. Are you using reminders?

Forgetting that you had to do something is not an excuse.

There are enough free softwares out there to help you stay alert. And putting notes in visible places will always be the simplest, and most effective way to remind yourself of what’s left to be done for the day.

11. Are you working on your current task just to put off another one for later?

That happens way too often without people even realizing.

So it’s smart to just stop for a second and ask yourself that when starting another project.

12. If you had to stop doing 4/5 of what you’re doing daily, what would these tasks, projects and activities be?

That’s a technique Tim Ferriss talked about way back when he published The 4-Hour Workweek. And it’s quite useful.

If you’re honest with yourself, and ruthless with your time, you’ll realize that you’re doing many unproductive things. And if you get rid of them, you may finally see the progress you’ve been waiting for.

So that’s how you make more time for yourself and double your productivity.

It’s worth taking an hour or two to assess your daily schedule and make a plan on what to eliminate, and what to focus more energy and time on.

What about you? Have you asked yourself any of these questions? What other ways to be more productive and have more time can you think of?

See also:

Tim Ferriss Productivity Hacks
How to delegate more effectively?
20 Procrastination Hacks
50 tricks to get things done faster, better, and more easily

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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