With the fast-paced world we live in, we’re constantly bombarded with piles of clutter in our lives. Take information for example. With the Internet, users are zipping through article after article, e-book to e-book, and going after the next shiny object and trend to stay on top.
Unfortunately, with all this information, there’s just more clutter in our lives, browser history, and our minds. There’s also the need to rush through everything, because many people have the belief that there’s not enough time in the day to do everything they want to do.
If you feel like your life is full of clutter and you’re ready to simplify it, check out these tips and tricks below.
1. Create a schedule and stick to it
Routine helps us increase our productivity because we know what we need to do next. If you have a schedule, you don’t waste time thinking about other things. Instead of wasting 10-20 minutes on decision making, make a schedule for each day or week and follow it. Leave some wiggle room in case of emergencies or interruptions, although don’t use that time to procrastinate or find an excuse to put off your responsibilities.
2. Stop, drop, and evaluate
This simple process just means paying more attention to what you’re doing. If you feel like you’re rushing through tasks you have to do for the day, stop what you’re doing, drop what you’re doing (figuratively speaking), and evaluate what you’re doing. Do you have to do this task right now? Can you move on to something else that’s more important? Don’t fill up your day with ‘busy work’; instead focus on completing tasks that have more meaning to you.
3. Prioritise your tasks
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of things you need to get done, prioritising your tasks will help you focus on what to do first, second, third and so on. Mark all of the items on your ‘To Do’ list with either an A, B, C. Items marked A are the most important or the most urgent. They are the things you need to do first. Anything with a B next to it is less important than the tasks you have assigned an A to. Ensure all of your A tasks are finished before you start doing any of your B tasks. Items marked with a C are the bottom of your list. Don’t even think about spending time on them until you have completed all of your A and B tasks.
4. Avoid adding more to your ‘To Do’ list.
If you feel like you have too much to do, stop taking on more tasks for the week. Give yourself that whole week to complete the tasks you already have and take a break over the weekend. Once the new week starts, you can start on new projects.
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