So, you decided to make money online and get paid to do what you love.
However, you still have a problem bigger than you expected: Your time. It seems like you never have enough.
Running and growing your business is:
- And so on
However, you can do something about it. In this article, I’ll give you 10 time saving hacks that’ll help you become more productive.
1.Turn off your phone:
Let me guess. You keep the phone near you. If something urgent happens, you need to know it, right?
Your phone just keeps you distracted. If you scroll Instagram, send messages and stay in calls for long hours with your friends, you waste a ton of time.
So, what should you do instead? Leave your phone in another room. And turn it off.
Not just you’ll have more time to do something productive, but you’ll also be more focused.
According to a study, it takes an average of about 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption.
Imagine what happens when you stop working every 5 minutes. And imagine what you could do if you wouldn’t stop at all.
2.Wake up early:
Do you start your day at 8:00 AM?
Fine, there’s nothing wrong with that.
But why don’t you try to wake up at 5:00 AM?
You can save around 2 hours each day. I say 2 because 1 it’s probably your morning routine.
And I don’t know about you but personally, between 6-8 AM I’m super productive. I can finish in these 2 hours tasks that would take me half of the day later. It’s not a good idea to stay up late. It’s not healthy to be a night owl. Go to sleep at 10 PM. And enjoy the benefits of waking up earlier.
3.Avoid decision making:
You can kill your productivity with decisions.
I know that from my experience. I used to spend each day having no idea what to do.
I didn’t know what to eat. I didn’t know what clothes to wear. I didn’t know what task should I finish from my to-do list.
Now, you might wonder: What’s so wrong with that? Well, it is. Did you know Mark Zuckerberg wears the same clothes everyday? He claims dressing in the same way allows him to focus his energy on more important decisions at work.
“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community. I’m in this really lucky position, where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. And I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.”
As you see, it’s not just about clothing. The idea is to keep your energy for your business. Oh, and since we talk about time saving hacks, let’s not forget that. To cook your meals, take a shower, dress up and so on takes time.
So, what’s the solution? Get ready one night before. Make sure you wake up knowing exactly what to do and when. Give yourself constraints and set everything up to make your success inevitable.
This will save you at least 1 hour each day.
4. Use Leverage&Automation:
No one succeeds alone.
Even if you don’t have employees, there’s nothing wrong to hire some freelancers to help you with small tasks.
In fact, it’s one of the best things you could do. And if you need to do a task by yourself, you can use money to buy-back your time. What does that mean?
Well, pay someone to take care of your home stuff. You know what I’m talking about: doing dishes, cleaning, walking your dog. All of these are cheap services. And you can use your time to focus on your business.
What about automation? You can install some apps for things like:
- Paying bills
- Posting on social media
- Reaching out
- And so on
Don’t exaggerate though. Too many productivity apps will give you headaches. But a couple of them can be life-changing.
5.Keep your to-do list small:
Busy is not equal productive.
According to Brian Tracy, the difference between being productive and being busy is extremely distinct. In Tracy’s definition, “busy” means always being occupied with things to do, while being “productive” means working towards a purpose.
Now, your to-do list is probably too long. You never finish it but it feels good to cross off your tasks, right?
The problem is there’s nothing productive in that.
Productivity means maximum results in minimum time. Results are not always equal with hard work.
So, here’s what I want you to do: Apply the 80/20 rule. Create a to do list with just important tasks.
If there’s just one task that could grow your business, plan just that in your schedule and spend more time on it.
In fact, by spending 10x more time on the important things, you could get 100 times back more results. I use this principle in my life and it works like magic.
This tip maybe doesn’t seem like a big deal but it’s critical for your success.
You see, people have problems with their work because they can’t enter the flow state.
I talk a lot about this concept on my blog. The flow state is defined by “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake” where “nothing else seems to matter”.
It’s probably the most productivity state you could experience.
Now, you might tell me: ‘’What does this have to do with time saving hacks? You said I’ll forget what time is it.’’
Well, you can exit the flow state whenever you want with a timer.
There’s no exactly way to achieve this state but these tips should help:
- Close your door
- Stop all notifications
- Talk with your family members to not get distracted
- Work on full-screen
Make this a regular habit by scheduling 1 hour of it into your daily life. Ask yourself what you want to achieve by the end of this hour and commit to it. Our brains love having a set goal they can focus all their resources on.
7.Use a website blocker:
I know how it feels. You scroll the internet for 5 minutes….
You find some ads that link to a website you love and you click it, wasting 30 minutes of your life.
You watch a youtube video and you find other 5 videos that keep you distracted.
You do a research on google to write an article and you find yourself starting to read websites for no reason.
How can you stop that? It’s a big time waster.
Well, it’s easy:
- Use bookmarking options to check out interesting websites later
- Work on incognito mode(so, you won’t see videos on youtube that distract yourself)
- Install a website blocker
Personally, I recommend Website Blocker For Chrome.
It’s a great tool.
Here’s how to use it: Install it, then you’ll see it’s up on the right corner, near your Gmail picture. Click on it and enter the websites you want to block in the text box next to the Add page button
And voila. Now you won’t be distracted. And you can use this time to get more done.
8.Work after templates:
It’s a tough job to be a one-man show because generally, you have to be good at everything.
As a solopreneur, your job includes…
- Writing content
- Email marketing
- Product sales
- Social media marketing
- Customer service
- Product marketing
- And more…
Large companies have whole departments for these jobs. But you don’t have that.
So, what could you do to make your life easier? Start to work after templates.
I have one for almost everything.
keep all of them in Evernote. Why do I use them? It helps me finish everything faster.
Working perfect it’s a waste of time. You need to work consistently. And templates are made for that. Once you use them, you’ll have a formula for everything you do. This is better than doing everything from scratch.
I always thought multitasking is a waste of time. And if you do a research, you’ll see that’s true.
When you multitask, you never focus on the task at hand so your attention is scattered. But let’s forget what you see online and come back to reality.
You can’t always avoid multitasking. Especially if you’re a workaholic and have specific deadlines for what you’re doing.
The good news is you can plan multitasking. I learned this concept from Eben Pagan. Put your multitasking session in your calendar. This way you’ll be in control of what happens.
And be selective. For instance, editing is a great time to add research on your blog post.
Sure, this is technically doing two tasks at once, but I don’t need the same resources to do both.
Meaning, this is a productive way to multitask because these two tasks complement each other. Alternatively, something like talking on the phone and writing emails isn’t a great multitasking pair because it’s just too hard to split your brain across those two things.
Anyway, see what works for you. And use this time saving hack just if you need.
10.Use the ‘’Ivy Lee Method’’:
The “Ivy Lee Method” is stupidly simple, and that’s partly why it’s so effective.
You probably start your day doing your MIT first thing. That’s great.
But what if you’d use the same concept to do all your tasks? What if you’d start your day doing what’s hard and finish it doing what’s most easier?
That’s what this method it’s all about.
Here’s how it works:
- At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
This strategy works like crazy and can save you a ton of time. Just make sure you take breaks. Working smarter it’s always better than working hard.
When you’re a solopreneur, your time is valuable. Days are short but you have enough hours to grow your business.
You just need to learn how to use them better.
Use these 10 time saving hacks for the beginning. And if you know another tip that could be useful, feel free to leave a comment.