I don’t think I’ve hidden the fact that I’m lazy.
Do I try to be productive while working at home? Yes, I do.
Do I sometimes show a complete lack of regard to my laptop, letting it wither on the counter while I suck up a Golden Girls mini-marathon? Heck yeah I do !
And what’s worse than that except, of course, a day of reading the endless tripe that spews forth from the internet machine.
I’m a full-time blogger, I take care of the house, and I love my vices. So, when I stumbled upon this time use table, my eyes were opened to how much time I actually spend doing the everyday things that are not work related.
And if I add in the time I spend making a living, well, I seriously have to cut back on the time spent on everything if I want to enjoy a little down time.
So I set a goal for myself: Be insanely productive and meet all my (other) goals. How do I pull it off, and how can you do the same ?
Productivity Hacks To Smash Your Goals
This is a little trick I learned during my 9-5 office jobs (all of which I hated, by the way). Delegate. Back in the day it was called “passing the buck”, but I call it “letting someone else do the crap”. I can list off a dozen things that I have to do every day – things that I would rather pawn off to someone else. Like an intern. Or my kids. Yep, they’re great little worker bees when I need some paper-sorting and label-sticking sort of things done.
And if the “crap” is a bit too advanced for my kids, I turn to the freelance-finding platform known as Upwork. I’ve found some great – and cheap – freelancers who have saved my fanny on more than one occasion.
Cut The Clutter
I don’t know about you, but I like to keep things simple. And when it comes to work, the less hassle the better. Unfortunately for me, this lesson took a lot of heartaches, stress and secret anger before it sank in.
This is what I learned NOT to do:
- Take on any tasks or projects if I know the job and I are not a good match
- Accept work if I sense a problem – like a scam
- Waste my time if I know – deep down – the project or job will be a pain in my rump
- Sweat the small stuff
Ahhh, the Kaboom toilet system…where have you been all my life? Even when I’m at my laziest I can clean my toilets.
I seem to have made it my mission to seek out tools that make all my jobs easier. Like scrubbing the pot. And sweeping the floor. Not only do I automate my everyday house cleaning chores, I find tools to be more productive and get my work-work done. Like setting up my browser’s start page to go directly to my blog so I get straight to work instead of looking at bath remodel ideas on Pinterest. And, if I actually used Twitter more often, I would use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets.
If only I had a robot to take out the garbage.
Is procrastination a fancy word for lazy? Well, if pulling out all of my delay tactics is kin to my slothiness, then yes. A study on procrastination tells us that it doesn’t matter when a task gets done as long as it eventually gets finished. And I couldn’t agree more because I do get all my work done…eventually.
Procrastinating as a good thing – it forces me to get off my butt and do what needs to be done. Looming deadline? No problem! I just look at my to-do list, figure out what I have to do NOW, what can wait til later, and get cracking. Surprisingly, the things I shove down to the “wait” section get done…eventually. You see, these are the things that must not be too important since I keep shoving them down the list.
Another little tid-bit I learned from my stint in the 9-5 world was to split-up projects into several smaller segments and do each piece when I was able to. I always seemed to have a deadline, but that only ensured the entire job would get done.
Now, Because I am a Golden Girls-aholic, I employ this work-in-short-bursts strategy so I never miss the slutatious antics of Blanche Devereaux. Truth is, working like this makes every job seem as though the entire project is smaller than it really is. I just have to be sure the end result is to the satisfaction of my client – even if my client is my family.
I love nap time ! Sometimes, a ten minute re-charge of my brain is all I need. A while ago I read about sleeping less to do more and I took on some of those little challenges. It didn’t take me long to realize that I could make sleep work for me. But sometimes I need a teeny-weeny bit more because it’s not always possible to wind down and get a good night’s sleep (especially when hot flashes are raging !). So I nap.
Trying to remember everything that goes through my mind can be a little challenging. Ideas for a new blog post. Reminder to make a new Pinterest Pin. The occasional non-staple grocery item. So I keep notes. A lot of notes. I scribble things down on a notepad I have in my office (and one in the kitchen), but my favorite note-taking device is my phone. It’s always handy.
Turn Off All Notifications
This is a new one I started: turning off all notifications. I don’t need to be distracted with the stupid little “someone liked your post” or “here’s a new email”. No sir. Those things really bother me so I turn them off. Simple as that.
Hack Your Way To Goal Smashing
Well there you go, a bunch of tips to help you be more productive and reach all your goals. Have any tips to share? I would love to hear about them so leave a comment below.