Time. It is the most valuable thing we have, because there is a finite and unpredictable amount of it. How do you want to spend yours? Doing things you enjoy! In fact, this is a huge priority of mine, and part of the inspiration behind my podcast (iTunes, Stitcher) – I want to show people that they don’t have to spend forty or more hours per week doing jobs they hate, and can and should instead follow their dreams and do what they really love! It’s not necessarily easy, however, and does take hustle! That makes me extra excited to share with you when I learn ways to Get More Done In Less Time!
Because I was so excited to share this information with as many people as possible, I did a Facebook live on the topic of how to get more done in less time. Here’s the video! Please forgive any extemporaneous discussion that comes from a Facebook live. And if you want to see more, and engage in said discussion, please go follow my page! (Shameless plug – haha!)
Getting back to the whole goal behind Get More Done In Less Time. For many, it isn’t practical to just quit your job and start a new business (although tomorrow’s podcast guest did exactly that!) and expect to be successful and pay bills right away. That’s why you may need to do a side hustle in the meantime, and if you’re working a full-time job, and have friends/family social obligations, you have even less time to work on your side hustle (unless you can convince your boss to let you work from home and figure out how to get that more efficient and less time-consuming a la Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek*!)! Or, even if you love your job, this tip will help you to spend less time doing undesirable things, and more time to spend on recreation!
The way I learned this tip was by doing it myself. As you know, I have a podcast. Previously, I would record the interview, and then most of the time, I would record intros and outtros, and the follow up solo episode at a later date, then I would edit after that (audio first, then video) and then write the blog post.
If you batch what you’re doing, you get into FLOW, and you do the task more quickly!
So in the example of podcasting, right now, I record the solo episode, intro and outtro IMMEDIATELY after I record the interview. This saves time for a few reasons:
1. I don’t have to set up and put away the microphone twice.
2. I am already in the “speaking mode” and can match the energy I had during the interview easily because it is right after!
Same goes for editing – I do as much audio editing as I can in a row, then as much video editing in a row, then as much blogging in a row, etc!
Not everyone has a podcast, but this applies to other things, and I almost feel silly that it took me until now to do it. It’s common sense – you wouldn’t wash your laundry all separately by body part it covers – you do all of it at once! Same with how wonderful meal prepping can be, if you have the time and discipline to do it – you’re already cooking, may as well cook for a few days at once so that you save time the rest of the week and have healthy meals ready to eat!
You wouldn’t set up your kitchen and get all the ingredients together to make ONE cupcake – so why have it that way for the rest of your duties?
What are some things that you can “batch” so that you can get more done in one go, by getting into the flow?
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