How to Accomplish More With Less
How great it would be if you knew how to accomplish more with less time and effort?
You’d get through your daily chores and responsibilities much quicker. So you’d finally have time for yourself
Maybe rekindle a dimmed passion. Maybe revisit a neglected interest. Or maybe, pursue a new goal to give your life a greater purpose.
But an enjoyable life is not just a dream. It’s a right we have since the moment we’re born. We just get swept away by life and forget that.
Especially when we’re always bombarded by expectations of others. And with the way society works now, there’s a constant pressure to succeed.
So what matters to you slowly fades into obscurity. You’re alive, but are you truly living?
Life doesn’t have to be that bleak. Excessive effort doesn’t dictate success, nor does it help in achieving goals. It just chips away at your body and mind until happiness becomes impossible.
Take a step back and try a different approach. Focus on simplicity, creativity, and efficiency.
Not sure what I mean? Here are some excellent tips you can use to not only live better but also accomplish more with less time.
Sounds unbelievable? Try it for yourself then! But keep in mind, it’s a bit trickier than simply learning how to manage your time effectively.
1. Make a list of priorities
Most people don’t realize how much time they’re wasting on indecisiveness. Or rather, how much time they waste thinking about what to do, instead of doing it.
An important official from The Pentagon once said: “No project should ever exist without a list of priorities.”
Simply put, if you have no idea what you should be doing, you won’t ever get anything done. And this also applies to life.
That’s where the priority list comes in. You do all the planning and thinking upfront, put down your tasks and priorities on paper, and just tackle them one by one.
This way you won’t ever have to do mental gymnastics that will only tire you out and waste your time. Instead, you get to do what’s important, in record time no less.
Just keep the list close and it will always serve as a reliable guidepost, keeping you on a quicker path through the day.
It sounds simple, it looks simple and is very simple to do. But all of this simplicity gives you improved efficiency followed by laser-focused results, ensuring you do less to achieve more.
2. Invest energy and not time
Some studies have shown that forcing yourself to work longer hours only reduces your overall productivity.
On the flip side, working short bursts at a time, anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours, will skyrocket your productivity. Why?
For starters, there’s reduced straining on your part and you’re less likely to be affected by distractions. Less work also means more rest, which is usually synonymous with better health, both mentally and physically, leading to increased positivity levels.
In short, it’s all about energy invested and not time spent. This approach to balancing work and life is called energy management. And it’s starting to replace time management in all workplaces across the world. Less is more, my friend!
3. Save time with productivity tools
Technology has always made our lives easier in some way. And the latest in the line of these advancements are productivity tools.
Most productivity tools are designed with the purpose of automating tedious tasks. What would take hours of manual labor can be done with just a single click.
So if you’d ask anyone using a productivity tool, they’d say they can’t imagine living without it. All because of the extra time and energy they get from using them.
Productivity tools can help you with just about any aspect of life or work, including:
- Tracking expenses
- Managing finances
- Analyzing web pages
- Ensuring proper grammar
- Decluttering newsletters
- Backing up documents
- Filing reports
- Organizing projects
The only thing you need to do is to find the productivity tool that matches your needs. And many of them are free, so you can try them out without worries! It’s a surefire way to ensure efficiency.
4. Apply the rule of marginal quality
In the business world, one of the most important aspects of creating a product is finding the right balance between quality and quantity.
For example, if the product is already good enough, improving it won’t yield more sales. What happens instead is – you spend more on production, which results in less overall profit.
The same concept applies to work as well. Only then it’s balancing sloppiness versus perfectionism.
The key here is to always do things at a passable level. If you put too much effort even in the simplest tasks, you’ll only waste time for little to no returns.
5. Maintain your health with exercise
Scientists found that the strength of your immune system largely depends on your lymphatic system. And the best way to strengthen it is through exercise or movement.
So it’s safe to say that the more you exercise, the easier it is to maintain your health. But we appreciate our health only when we’re sick, but not so much when we’re healthy.Now think about the times you got sick and still forced yourself to work. You weren’t as productive, the day felt super long, and it was just a miserable experience overall.
To avoid that from happening, start exercising, even if it’s only 20 minutes each day. That way you’ll hardly ever get sick. So you’ll be able to accomplish more with less time while also living a better life in general!
6. Turn off your smartphone
Did you ever notice that your trusty sidekick, the smartphone, is the one thing that hinders your productivity the most?
It might seem innocent at first since you’re only spending a few minutes on it. But the time spent adds up, so a task that should take only 30 minutes stretches out to an hour or more.
Try this little experiment, turn off your smartphone, forget about your email, ignore the weather channel, and focus on reality.
You’ll be surprised by how much easier you can concentrate. It’s simply an overlooked, but effective way to work less and achieve more.
7. Build better habits
The simplest method to skyrocket your productivity is to build better habits. Because let’s be honest, no matter who you are, you probably have a couple of bad habits. Like an erratic sleep schedule or spending too much time on social media.
Try to negate bad habits or create better ones to outweigh them. Like exercising or learning something new every day.
To help you get started, here are 21 habits that will help anyone live a more fulfilling life, available for free in ebook format.
Your great habits are just a few clicks away, so what are you waiting for?!
8. Hack your motivation with the Zeirganik Effect
Have you ever kept postponing a task for so long you never got around to doing it? Or maybe you started it last minute and rushed it to completion? There’s an easy way to keep that from ever happening again.
The trick is to use the Zeirganik Effect, a psychological phenomenon that forces you to feel a sense of urgency towards incomplete or unfinished things.
All you need to do is start a task, so even if you leave it alone for a bit, a sense of urgency will always be there, motivating you to finish the task.
That being said, to get the most out of the Zeirganik Effect, try to have only one unfinished task at any given time.Because having too many unfinished tasks will cause your mind to wander in many directions all at once, which will only have the opposite effect.
Start accomplishing more with less
All of these tips work great, you only need to try them! Even by just using one of them, your life will improve considerably!
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That’s all for this blog post, see you next time!
P.S. Here’s an excellent TED talk about maximizing productivity that took Arne Sigurd Rognan Nielsen 63 years to prepare. Enjoy!