Most of the people are suffering from having too little time every day. But to be honest all of the biggest leaders and really successful people also have 24 hours a day and they can finish their tasks. In this post you will learn useful methods to win several productive hours every day.
Our old habits hold us back
If you watch carefully you will find out that you’re doing almost the same things every day. If you’re using your time properly this isn’t a problem. However, if you’re watching YouTube videos for hours or scrolling through your Facebook feed then it’s a serious problem.
It’s a proven thing that people are doing the same thing in 90% of their time as yesterday. Right, 90%. If you’re wasting your time with doing useless things in your time you can suck into a circle and without self-control, it’s hard to get out of that.
Our everyday habits determine how well we are going towards to our dreams.
However, I have a good news for you. You can overwrite your old bad habits with new good habits. You “only” need some self-discipline and some methods to help you.
The most effective way to win productive hours
I have a method which I am using for a while and helped me the most. It’s quite easy and the best thing: it’s free.
You just need a notebook (or some empty papers) or a text document on your computer/phone.
What you need to do is to write down in every 15 minutes what you are doing. Do this for 30 days. Also add comments for every line whether the task was useful, gave you joy or helped you going forward with your goals. You should also do this on weekends.
After a few days doing this you can start analyzing your regular days. You will see a pattern because you’re doing 90% the same things every day.
Inspect it carefully and you will see what are your bad habits which steals your productive time. If it’s something digital, like Facebook, YouTube or email I can give you an easy solution to eliminate them from your life. If it’s something like watching TV, you have to talk with your inner self and think again whether it gives you value or not.
There is a good quote from Jim Rohn: “Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.”. Just think about this a little… 🙂
Time-saving software tools
Probably you’re also using your computer to work as it’s common today. Services like Facebook, YouTube, email, news websites can steal your valuable time. You have to stop this.
I use several software and browser extensions to save my time. Here are the 3 most important which I use: Freedom, StayFocusd, Facebook News Feed Eradicator.
It’s a really cool software which can run on Windows/macOS computers and even on iOS/Android phones. You can set sessions when you want to block specific sites. They have a default list which all of the Social media websites. You can also add a custom list of websites and I recommend to do it.
If you have completed the 30-day habit tracking task you will see what websites consumes a lot of time from your life. Add them here.
This software has a free trial where you can use 7 sessions for free. You should experiment it and I definitely encourage you to subscribe or buy the software (they have a one-time payment if you prefer that more), it’s not expensive and if you’re using it constantly it will worth it. I am using it for a while and the time I won due using this app, paid its price in a few days.
This Chrome extension is completely free and helps you by limiting the usage of “bad” sites. You can set an amount of time which you enable yourself to use the blocked sites. If the time is up, you won’t be able to access those sites. You can set up a Challenge which you need to type every time when you want to change the settings or want to disable the extension. It’s so hard that you will give up after a few try.
Facebook News Feed Eradicator
This is also a totally free Chrome extension which I use for almost a year. It removes the news feed from the homepage of Facebook and also removes the live ticker above the chat. It replaces the feed area with an inspirational quote. This is really good because you won’t scroll the feed if it’s a must to answer a message on chat or go to manage your ads/groups on Facebook.
Eliminate decision-making tasks in the morning
We have to be as effective in the mornings as we can. That’s why you shouldn’t think about in your mornings what should you do in the next hours. To prevent this, you should plan your next day at the end of the previous day. Write down your top to-do items on a small post-it paper in the order of their priority. Most important tasks should be on the top.
As you can see your time is relative and you decide it what you’re spending with. Our old habits are holding us back and we spend 90% of our days with the same tasks – every day. You can change it your old bad habits to new good habits in small steps with eliminating distractive things from your life.
You should use applications to help you get back your time and you should track your time for a longer period and you will be able to get several productive hours.
Simply close social media sites, email clients, messenger applications – so every distracting services to be able to focus on more important things.
If you have questions feel free to ask in the comments below, I take my time to reply to every comment.