Written By
Derek Doyle

Power Your Productivity with These Timesaving Tips

You know that feeling, you’re cruising through your day, when suddenly you look up only to be shocked that it’s already 3 o’clock! Surprised and because you still need to do this, that, and the other thing, but sadly, you realize there just aren’t enough hours in the day. 

That feeling of never having enough time to knock out your daily to-do list isn’t just frustrating; it can lead to stress and can be taxing to your mental health. 

Not to fear! These simple tips can help you streamline your day to boost productivity and tame that hectic schedule.

Set a Sleep Schedule & Stick to It!

Most smartphones offer a feature called “Bedtime.” It’s a nightly reminder, set at a specific time, to tell you to begin winding down to get ready for bed at the same time every night. Then it sets a daily morning alarm, for the same time every morning. This is a great way to begin to develop a healthy sleep schedule, to “train” your body to get a good night’s sleep and be up early, ready to tackle the day. 

Another simple daily tip is to make your bed every morning, right when you wake up. It may sound silly, but it is a great way to check off one task right off the bat and set the tone for a day of accomplishments, even the small ones. 

Move Your Workout to the Morning 

It can be tough some mornings. The idea of hitting the gym or that exercise bike before your morning coffee, but there’s a reason the most successful people in the world work out in the morning.  

Getting your heart rate up and your blood pumping first thing in the morning is essentially a jumpstart for your day. It’s a great way to boost your metabolism, energy, focus, and optimism. Plus, you’re much more likely to eat healthier and hydrate after a morning workout (along with that morning coffee, of course)! 

Time Tracking & the Two-Minute Rule

If you’re anything like me (a neurotic writer), you may have trouble being a perfectionist or struggle with being a little indecisive.  

Setting an allotted amount of time for certain tasks has been a lifesaving tip for me. It helps me to prioritize a task schedule and to organize my day.  

THE TWO-MINUTE RULE

The two-minute rule has been another tip that has been an enormous help to me. The idea is to knock out anything thatll take two minutes or less and do it right away before taking on any more significant tasks. Completing the task right away actually takes less time than having to get back to it later. Plus, the mental freedom of checking it off your list means you can put your full attention into larger tasks and skip the anxiety of procrastinating.  

Be Proactive

Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but running around putting out “fires” all day and allowing incoming phone calls and emails to dictate how you spend your day will mean these “emergencies” may be all you’re able to accomplish.  

If you can, plan for obstacles so you can focus on the priorities and skip the fire drill. Set aside time for responding to emails, but don’t let them determine how your day will look. Have a plan of attack at the start of each day, and then do your best to stick to it. 

I also like to turn off notifications when I’m working on a big task. No one can be expected to resist the allure of an email, voicemail, or text notification. During certain times, turn off your notifications, and instead, build in time to check email and messages later. 

Take Care of Yourself Throughout the Day