When you’re stressed beyond your limit, the last solution you’d imagine is to do less.
However, that might be exactly the key to accomplishing more and maintaining balance in your life. Brains and bodies seem to function better when they have more to do in less time.
Research shows that people who work 35 hours a week are half as productive as those who only work 20.
It makes sense when you think about it… When you are trying to fill an entire day with work, you drag your feet. When time is limited you’re more driven to accomplish your goals and tasks.
If you are trying to shorten your work time and improve your productivity, try the following tips:
Ask Yourself: “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied?”
You should prioritize your day according to importance and degree of fulfillment. Don’t meander around working on random tasks as you find them… Decide on one thing you can be proud of having accomplished in any given day, then do it.
Be Productive, not busy
Productivity is to accomplish, busy-ness is to idle. People who are always “busy” are usually poor managers of their time and energy. Productive people are the opposite and can accomplish a lot without being consumed by it. This allows them to perform.
Delegate and Automate
Anything that can be automated by a machine should. Anything that can be streamlined needs to be. Delegation should be the most important tool in your arsenal so you aren’t wasting energy on things shouldn’t be.
Get rid of microdistractions
Make sure your work time is uninterrupted. Turn off push notifications, sign out of your email account and start focusing on the most important tasks at hand.
Note how you’re draining your energy
If there’s something in particular that exhausts or frustrates you, address head on. Don’t waste your morning on a difficult tech issue that can wait until later or would be better fixed by someone with more expertise.
Streamline your routine
Choose your outfit the night before, prepare meals ahead of time, cut your commute (if you can). Do whatever it is you’re able to do to make your tasks as seamless as possible. The less energy you expend on chores the more focus you have for productivity.
Focus on improving your income per hour.
Start breaking work down into what you are earning in an hour, and build from there. Instead of worrying about how to adjust your gross total for the year, focus not only on what you do each day, but in each part of the day. If you’re going to earn the same amount of money for working 3.5 hours as you would 7, it seems senseless not to.
This post is inspired by an article found on Forbes. Please visit Forbes.com if you would like to view the original article.