How To Achieve Super Productivity In Everyday Life.
Many people are concerned with the desire for more productivity. This does not always have to do with our actual work performance but often with the desire to achieve a lot.
Each person defines it differently. Some think it’s a lot when they’ve been shopping, the house is sparkling clean, and the garden waste has been disposed of.
Still, others have ambitious professional goals and stick to deadlines meticulously.
Like everything in life, productivity has a price. People themselves or their fellow human beings usually get the short end of the stick.
You no longer feel able to keep social appointments, and you rarely find time for yourself to relax. The good old work-life balance that so many are talking about is out of balance.
You can’t blame anyone because we humans are ambitious and want to have the feeling of leaving something behind. The first step when you feel like you can’t accomplish anything is to make a list of the things and areas of life that are important to you.
For example, it could look like this:
- Hobby (fishing, running, gym, tennis, guitar)
- Main job + secondary job
- Family, children
- Friends, acquaintances
- Me-time (just time with yourself)
You can add to the list indefinitely, but try to summarize topics and assign them to generic terms. In the next step, you should consider how much time per year and month is blocked for the respective parts.
To achieve super productivity, it should look like this:
- Hobbies (fishing, running, gym, tennis, guitar) –> 2x a week about 2 hours of my hobbies
- Household –> 1 hour per day
- Main job + part-time job –> Mon-Sat 8 a.m. – 2 p.m
- Family, children –> Cell phone-free time with the family from 5 p.m. every day
- Friends, acquaintances –> 2 times a month, an appointment
- Holidays –> go away 14 days twice a year
- Me-time (only time with yourself) –> 1 hour every day just for me
You see that some things automatically take time, like work. In this case, it is all the more important to schedule fixed times for you and your family.
This is not about planning yourself completely but creating the necessary stability and showing yourself that you have everything under control.
If you don’t schedule the calendar, it schedules you. You realize again that there was very little time left with the family and that the children once again only had to be content with reading aloud for a short time before falling asleep.
Is that the spontaneity you want?
Therefore, divide your calendar into rough blocks from the start to have a fixed point. The spontaneity comes automatically because nobody can pin you down to this division.
You decide every day if anything changes. For example, someone can get sick unexpectedly.
Then the plan is adjusted.
Productivity in everyday life – Work efficiently
It is incredibly important that we unmask and then eliminate our time-wasters to get something done efficiently. These days, popular time wasters are the television and, of course, our cell phones. Social media, in particular, is a huge time waster.
You observe other people and how they live, and at this moment, you completely take yourself out of your life. The minutes pass, and you hardly notice it.
Waiting five minutes for a pizza is forever. Five minutes on the phone is like a gust of wind that passes quickly.
Other time wasters can also be poorly accustomed systems. For example, you don’t go shopping right after work when you’re out anyway, but you get up on Saturday morning after breakfast even though you’d like to enjoy your weekend.
The car is not washed and vacuumed when it is time to fill up anyway and going down to the basement to get a bottle of wine is not associated with Doing a quick wash.
Work in systems and optimize the ones you already have. A well-optimized system saves you several hours a week that you can use for other things.
Another point to work more efficiently is that we only give ourselves a certain number of minutes for the task. You can use this strategy in any activity, even at work.
For example, do you want to clean the bathroom, and it usually takes a whole hour to do it?
In between, you get a coffee or answer the phone. This costs you time and artificially lengthens the task. You feel like you’re slow.
Leave your phone off and enjoy coffee with your family when the bathroom flashes and flashes. Simply set the timer to 30 minutes and then start scrubbing.
Maintain work-life balance
You can learn to keep a work-life balance. You don’t have to feel bad about not doing enough in the evening.
The life that really matters is always in the present. Appreciate the here and now and calm yourself by asking yourself, “When has anything bad ever happened because I didn’t want iron or go shopping today?”.
The demand to always want to do everything means that we always load something new on ourselves. You don’t have infinite capacities. You have to realize that.
To-do lists can be helpful here. A smart woman once said that we are not capable of doing more than six things in a day. Anything more will likely make you feel down or neglect your me-time.
Make a small list of the six important things for the next day in bed in the evening. Don’t write stuff like that.
Like “do your taxes” or “clean the whole house,” but focus on a single task:
- Clean the bathroom on the 2nd floor
- Print out bank statements for tax returns
- Write a shopping list
- Order a gift for XY
- Dusting the shelf in the small living room
- Vacuum, wash, fill up the car
The next step is to check your list for feasibility. Write down the number of minutes you give yourself for the respective task.
A super productivity example, look like this:
- Clean the bathroom on the 2nd floor –> 30 minutes
- Print out and file in bank statements for tax returns –> 5 minutes
- Write a shopping list + write a meal plan –> 15 minutes
- Order a gift for XY –> 20 minutes
- Dusting the shelf in the small living room –> 10 minutes
- Vacuum the car, wash it, fill it up –> 45 minutes
Add up the minutes and see if that aligns with your schedule and calendar. Also, remember not to neglect your me-time. If a task is taking too long or doesn’t fit into your schedule, put it right at the top of your list the next day and do that first.
It’s a lovely feeling when a list can be ticked off. You have been productive and have shown yourself the ability to plan and then get things done.
Be patient with yourself and try not to become a to-do monster. We all have our jobs, and we do our best to get them done. The “how” decides whether you are a satisfied and happy person or whether you regret the past and fear the future.
To paraphrase Charlie Chaplin:
We no longer need to fear arguments, conflicts, and problems with ourselves and others because sometimes even stars collide, and new worlds are created.
Today I know that’s life!