“You have man hours in the day as Beyonce,” is a saying people use as way to motivate themselves. It works. But the truth is, Beyonce is fortunate to be in a position where she’s able to afford help. Not many of us can afford a round-the-clock nanny or a 24-hour chef on-demand.
In the pace of life, a nagging feeling of being behind seems to be predominant in youths today. No matter how much we seem to be doing, we always feel like we are behind. This could be as a result of not doing the right things or is it something else? Because research has shown that the amount of hours is not the problem.
We’ve highlighted ways that you can be more efficient.
Remove Unnecessary Tasks
Are you in the habit of making lists? If yes, that is a good thing. But are you in the habit of making bulky lists filled with unnecessary and distracting tasks? If yes, then this is the problem.
We are so hell-bent of putting even the most menial of things on our list making our day seem cumbersome.
The best thing to do is to focus on the project at hand. Try to limit your daily lists to five most important tasks. Unnecessary and additional tasks will only wear you out, make you rush, and reduce quality.
Result Trumps Duration
We measure everything by time: 30 minutes’ workout, 10-minute power-nap, one-hour study time. And for most of us, once it’s time, we stop.
Yes, you have done something but have you really achieved anything. For the 30 minutes, were you just sitting around and did 10 push-ups? Did you spend 3 minutes of your 10 minutes nap on the phone? Did you understand anything in your one hour study?
Measuring by time means you will do something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will do it well.
Measure instead by result. Instead of a 30 minutes workout do 100 pushups, situps, and squats. Instead of a 10 minutes nap, wait till when you can and have an uninterrupted sleep. Instead of a one-hour study time, focus on finishing and understanding one chapter or a particular topic.
This method eliminates the rush of time.
Routines Are Boring—Stick To It
Our brain does less work when we have a routine. Make an eating timetable and have everything you need to prepare it at home. Have a particular style. Have a time frame from doing everything from when you wake up.
The cleaner and simpler your routine is the less you will feel tire.
Be wary of emergencies. Unless it’s really important, schedule it for next time. Avoid getting into a frantic mode and rushing.
The human brain is like a computer. It uses processes. When you do more than one thing at the same time, your brain would require so much energy to do them This leaves you prone to mistakes and doing things on a subpar level.
For some of us, we were taught that multitasking was an asset to have. It is, but not for your everyday life.
Try as much as possible to do one thing at the same time.