4 Habits That Help You to Get More Done in Less Time

The reason I’m always looking for ways to get more done in less time is that there are many other things in life I enjoy.

1. Begin at night

2. Avoid clutter

  • Make your bed when you get up. Do this automatically so you won’t have to think about it.
  • Spend some time clearing your desk regularly. Avoid stacks of paper or books.
  • Arrange your files, notes, etc. And make it easy for you to access them when you need to add or remove things.
  • 3. Make everything easier

    • Use your “best hour” — I call this the Munger technique, based on the advice of investor Charlie Munger. When you’re doing something that grows your mind, like reading a book or learning a new skill — do it when you feel most energized. It could be early in the morning or later at night. Whichever time works best for you.
    • Allocate your energy — We all have limited energy. So don’t waste your reserves on menial tasks like “checking” emails. You can always put those off for some time later. Instead, do your most important work first. So you can get the best results for the tasks that matter most.
    • Avoid indecision — Indecisiveness is a serious time and energy killer. If you’ve set up your tasks the previous night, you ease the burden. I found the book, Seeking Wisdom, to be especially useful in improving the decision-making process. The book’s insights helped me make wiser decisions.
    • Remove distractions — This could mean turning off chat notifications so you can focus on your work, not putting your phone right beside you when you’re in the flow, and so forth. It’s better to have a proactive mindset. And reacting to chats or emails first thing is counterintuitive.
    • Give yourself time to reach flow — Flow is a state where you achieve higher quality work at a faster pace. Sometimes, this happens immediately. But other times, it takes a while. And that’s ok. When you’re in a conducive environment, the flow will come eventually.             3. Exercise
      • Say, “I’ll do just 5 minutes.” — When you don’t feel like exercising, don’t think about anything ambitious. That’ll feel like more work. Just start. Even for 5 minutes. And then you can keep going.    
      • Do it every day — Back when I tried to exercise only thrice a week, I often found myself saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” There’s that internal debate going on. But when I did it every day, I stuck to my exercise more.
      • Do it first thing in the morning — You had a long day. You’re tired. And you just want to go home and watch Netflix. I get it. So workout first and get that out of your to-do list.
      • 4. Focus on what you control

        The rewards of consistency

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