Realistic Productivity Hacks That’ll Smash Your Goals

Realistic Productivity Hacks That’ll Smash Your Goals


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 ?

Like this:

How I get work done in 4 hours a day

 

Productivity Hacks To Smash Your Goals

 

Delegate

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

 

Automate

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.

 

Procrastinate

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.

 

Piecemeal

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.

Nap

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.

 

Keep Notes

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.

Realistic productivity hacks to meet goals

 

 


One reply to Realistic Productivity Hacks That’ll Smash Your Goals

  1. Nice tips! Surely words to live by!

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