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5 Strategies to Get More Accomplished

5 Strategies to Get More Accomplished

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Life is busy and it is so easy to let time slip by without getting things accomplished. It’s crazy how much time can be lost just from getting lost in some Netflix series. I know for myself, I can easily waste away hours on Netflix, if I’m not careful.

I was totally that girl that would see people getting so much accomplished and thinking, “how the hell do they have the time to do all of that?!” I know I’m not alone in thinking that.

The problem I had was that I got too comfortable with my life and my schedule. I wasn’t doing anything to make changes, but I wanted changes to happen. That’s not realistic.

Eventually, I sat down and really thought about my time and how I was spending it. This happened right around the time the iPhone screen time feature came out. That was eye opening for me.

What I realized was that I was spending SO much time on wasted activities. Of course I wasn’t getting anywhere or getting anything done, I was wasting away my days.

I slowly started implementing a couple of strategies and have since accomplished so much more in such a short amount of time.

1. Write out a to do list of what you want to get accomplished.

Now, this is probably something that you have heard a million times. But, lets be real, it’s because they work. Personally, I used to always write them down and lose them shortly afterwards. Or, I’d start crossing things out and also adding more to my list and never felt accomplished.

I suggest you create a time limit on your to do list. I personally have a general one for each week. I keep it in my notes in my phone so it’s basically always with me. This allows me to easily add to it and easily cross things out as they are accomplished.

I really like that by Sunday, I check in with myself to make sure everything is completed by the end of the day. It really feels so great to have everything checked off and Monday morning I start fresh with a new list for the new week.

2. Spend a few minutes each morning planning out your days.

This has been a game changer for me and one of the best strategies I have started doing to get more done. I spend a bit of time each morning planning out what I want to get accomplished that day. This breaks down my weekly to do list in to more manageable parts.

This is also something that makes me feel so much more accomplished by the days end. By breaking it down into a daily to do list, I am able to get those tasks accomplished that day. By spending some time in the morning doing this, it frees up my mind to actually get things done, instead of thinking about the list. It’s kind of like a brain dump of the things you need to get done.

3. Time block.

Another life changer, let me tell you. I bought a Day Designer planner and it has completely changed my productivity. This is where I write my daily to do list, I block out my day into when I am going to get things accomplished. It can be an adjustment to get yourself to follow a schedule, but once you do, you will notice how much more time you have.

If you want to give time blocking a try, they have a bunch of free downloads available.

4. No distractions until it’s done.

This was really hard for me. I mean, I told you my eye opening screen time alert. I don’t even want to tell you how long it said I was on my phone on average. It’s that bad. But, I set myself a strict rule, no distractions until the work is done.

This means that I put my phone on do not disturb and away from me and I definitely don’t have anything going in the background. I basically always had the TV going in the background or Netflix playing. The reality was that I was losing precious time whenever I’d get distracted by the show or my phone.

We live in a world full of distractions. It’s important to disconnect and just get shit done when you need to. This also means that once my to do list is done, I’m most definitely catching up on my fave shows and Instagram. I’m still the same person, just a bit more disciplined!

5. Prioritize.

When you have a never ending to do list, it can definitely get overwhelming. It’s why I have a daily to do list and a weekly to do list. Within my massive to do list, I prioritize my items based on when they need to get done.

Fo example, an email I received the prior day may be pressing and need to be dealt with ASAP. This means it would be the first thing I accomplish on my list. It also is something that I may not have expected when planning out my week. Something that is less of a priority for that day, may get bumped to the next day.

By prioritizing what you need to get accomplished, it allows you to control your list, instead of your list controlling you.

Remember not to be so hard on yourself.

It can be really easy to get discouraged when things don’t get done, but that’s not going to get you anywhere. I have fallen into this trap many times. You see a mountain of things to get done and it causes you to feel overwhelmed. This was what always happened to me, it was a vicious cycle. That’s why I put these systems in place, to limit the amount of overwhelm I feel day to day.

I’m still getting everything done, but it’s so much more manageable day to day this way. And of course, there are days where I just need to throw the list to the wind and say forget about it. It’s important to listen to your body and what it immediately needs, the list will be there tomorrow. What are some strategies that you have incorporated to get more accomplished?

Making Money

Finding Time to Side Hustle

Finding Time to Side Hustle

Side hustling is a wonderful, wonderful thing, especially if you have some serious financial goals. A side hustle can completely change your life, if taken advantage of. When I first started teaching, I was so overwhelmed with my career that I never thought I’d be able to side hustle on top of my teaching. After a lot of effort and creative thinking, I have found time to side hustle enough that I live on that money and use my salary from teaching to pay off my debt. I never would have thought that I would be able to do this, so I put together my tips to find time to side hustle.

Choosing a Side Hustle

This is probably the most important step when finding time to side hustle. You need to find a side hustle that at least brings you some joy. If you’re somebody that doesn’t think they have any time to side hustle, you’re not going to want to find time for something you hate. Make your life a little easier and pick something you see yourself enjoying. Also, this makes it a lot easier to work your side hustle when you’re tired or stressed from your main job.

Find Your Free Time

You might look at your schedule originally and think there is absolutely no time for you to possibly make extra money. But, you do. Think of all the time you spend binging Netflix, I know cutting down on this a week freed up countless hours for me each week. Be realistic with yourself in the beginning. Look at your schedule and see when you are willing to sacrifice your time. Are you only willing to work during the week? Can you work before you begin your day at your day job? Can you only work evenings? In the beginning, I strictly worked Monday-Thursday and I only took on 1 family to tutor for. Then, I added some after school tutoring at school. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself at first and become too stressed for my teaching. See what you can realistically do and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to work a ton of hours in the beginning.

Schedule Your Side Hustle

Once you have found your free time, schedule your side hustle time and stick to it. Depending on your side hustle, this time might be scheduled for you. For example, I babysit and tutor for my side hustles, so these are decided between the parents and myself, my employer, or my school. Now that I have figured out what I can handle, I have a lot of different means of bringing in extra money. It is incredibly important to have a schedule and stick with it. If you are doing a side hustle that doesn’t have a schedule, it is even more important to have a schedule. For example, I recently started focusing more on my blog. This requires me to schedule time each week to work on it, or I simply won’t do it. It’s amazing how much more time you have when you actually schedule it out.

To Do List

This might sound silly to some people, but there is something truly amazing about to do lists. If you’re someone that uses to do lists, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I make a to do list every Sunday for the things I want to get done that day. Sundays are my prep day for the week and my day to get ahead of things. When I don’t use a list, my day completely escapes me and nothing gets done other then a lot of binge watching New Girl or Friends. Once I have a list that I tell myself I have to finish that day, I am so much more organized and focused in my day. I do the same thing on Monday mornings when I get to work, but I create one for the week. A list creates more time because we are more efficient in our tasks that we need to complete, which then opens up more time for side hustles.

Adjust and Add More Side Hustles

As I got more comfortable with my career and my side hustles I started adding more to my week. Now I’ve created a great, busy schedule that works really well for me and allows me to bring in enough money in side hustles that I can live off it and then some. This didn’t happen right away and it’s important to not overwork yourself, that just leads to more problems. You need to figure out what it realistic for you and add more side hustle as you see fit. For me, I found that I can go to work earlier in the morning so that I can do more side hustles in the afternoon. Get creative about your schedule and see where you can make changes to make your time work for you.

It requires some creativity and definitely some sacrifices, but finding time to side hustle is totally realistic, if it’s something you want to do. For me, I am motivated by how much more I can pay down my debt with my side hustle income. This makes it so much easier for me to say, “Yes!” whenever I am texted or emailed to babysit or tutor. Also, I know I won’t be working these crazy hours forever, and that definitely makes it easier too. How do you find time to side hustle?