The other day I was talking to a client and she said to me, "If I only had more time in the day, I would be able to get everything done."
With working a 9-5, starting a business, having a family, and also putting an emphasis on her fitness, she definitely has a lot going on. It's no wonder she wants to find more time in the day!
And honestly, this is something that I hear all the time. There's a good chance that you can relate - we're all just so incredibly busy!
The problem with that thinking is that even if you had more time in the day, you wouldn't get a ton more done.
Have you ever noticed that as the day goes on, it takes you longer and requires more effort to get tasks accomplished?
And that when you have to focus your attention on something for quite a bit of time in a particular day, whether it's a meeting or some big project, that you end up feeling depleted of energy?
The reason for this is that we have a limited amount of mental energy to use within a day.
In fact, studies have shown that you have the capacity to make somewhere around 200 decisions in a day.
After that, something called "decision fatigue" sets in and it takes you longer to get things done, and many times you have a harder time making decisions.
Now, when it comes to these decisions, your brain can't differentiate between mundane and massive decisions. So if you take care of a lot of remedial tasks early in the day, you'll use up a lot of those decisions.
That's why it's important to take care of first things first and do the things that are going to get you to your goals.
A really easy way to help you organize what you want to get done in a day is to create a to-do list at the beginning of your day (or the night before).
But it's not enough to JUST create a list...when you create, separate it into two different categories:
- Heavy-lifting tasks: Tasks that require a lot of mental energy, creativity, and/or attention. These can also be ones that you absolutely have to do but find yourself procrastinating on.
- Light-lifting tasks: Tasks that require less mental energy to accomplish. Mostly remedial/mundane tasks.
I will create a chart with my list that looks something like this (super basis but helps me differentiate what kind of task is what with just a glance):
That way, I know exactly what I should get done earlier on in the day when my mental capacity is at a higher capacity so I can get those done and move the needle just a little bit further in my business.
And the cool thing about having a list of light-lifting tasks is that if you find yourself with 5-10 minutes before a call, you can quickly identify one that might be a good one to get out of the way as a small win toward getting things done.
Seems almost too simple, doesn't it
The thing with little tricks like these is that they may seem like common sense, but common sense is not always common practice.
I know that once I started doing this with my own lists, I got way more done in my day and felt like I had unlocked an extra 12 hours in my day.
Essentially creating more time for myself and getting things done to crush my goals.
I encourage you to give this a try for a week - see how things change for you.
I'd love to hear back from you after you try it to let me know how it goes for you! Reply back here and let me know!
Life's short - unlock more time in your day with this simple hack so you can get closer to the life of your dreams!
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