The key to having a successful life is not just about using up every minute of the day; it's really about maximizing the little time available. This is what separates the stagnant from the successful.
If you want to leave competitors behind and achieve more, here are a few Innovative hacks.
Save your Energy
Which is quicker: loading utensils in the dishwasher or handwashing every single item?
Even though the end product is the same, the human energy expended is drastically different. In the same vein, it'll save a whole lot of time and energy to create more innovations and automation to make work less tedious than just sitting down to it and getting it done. The time you save using more innovative methods can be used in tackling the next problem.
A Cheat for To-do Lists
Many people think that once there’s a list of things to do, you have to follow it in a linear way. No, that’s not necessary. It's wiser not to start at the top. Instead, estimate the time for each item and knock it off the list wherever it can fit in. Say there’s a ten-minute break after a meeting, and there’s a tiny task of two minutes. Get it done quickly! You'll be amazed at how much is done by the end of the day.
Make Use of Transit Time
Transit times are not just idle times. Instead of staring out the window,
people-watching, or scrolling through Instagram while on the move, it'll be more productive to use that time to prepare for upcoming meetings or reply to emails. You can also use the time to listen to helpful podcasts, read a book on leadership, or articles written by experts.
Consider the Returns
The return on investment should be on your mind every time you think about committing to something. Anything you choose to invest your time in, consider the returns. It may sound like a good idea to go to a party with an old friend but is it? It may not be worth it if it takes away from education, work, or family. Always ask if the reward justifies the cost.
Let Others Do It
The saying that to be a jack of all trades is to be a master of none rings true here. Instead of doing various substandard pieces of work, find a niche and develop yourself in that field until reaching your absolute best. Then find people who are better in other areas you're not so good at and outsource to them. That way, you get things done and move faster.