Want to catch up on the latest season of Orange Is the New Black but can't find the time? Fear no more!
Strained mom juggling an online business and two kids? I've got your back. Student buried nose-deep in his books? Absolutely! 9-to-5er trying to balance work duties and Facebook Messenger? You bet!
Whether you have full autonomy over your schedule or not, you can achieve greater efficiency and free up more time to do what you enjoy!
You can use "productive chunks" to get more work done in less time. What can you do with your extra time? Anything you want!
"Productive chunks" are times that you will designate for working with MAXIMUM efficiency.
"Unproductive chunks" will be any other time (even if you're working).
Let's say you spend an hour talking on the phone, cleaning up the house, occasionally responding to emails, stirring tonight's chili, texting coworkers about tomorrow's meeting, listening to music, and organizing your work papers. Which kind of chunk is it?
Perhaps to your surprise, this would be an "unproductive chunk."
While you might have felt productive, in all likelihood you probably wasted a lot of time and energy. In the end, you gave your friend only 1/2 your attention, the house still isn't clean, you have misspelled words in your emails, the juice in the chili is almost dried up, you don't remember what your coworkers said about the meeting, the music started to give you a headache, and your papers are anything but orderly.
If you had focused on just one of those things, you would've done it faster, better, and been less mentally exhausted at the end. Multi-tasking and being productive are FAR from being the same thing.
Let's say that it's 10am (your most energetic hour) and your phone dings to remind you about tomorrow's presentation. You decide to work on it from 10:15 to 11 o'clock. You grab your coffee and head to your home office. Sitting down, you set a timer for 45 minutes and then put your phone on silent. For these 45 minutes, you will focus on 1 thing: preparing your speech for tomorrow's meeting. When the timer is up, you're free to go! Take a short rest and then decide what your next chunk will be.
Which do you think led to a better result? Which will leave you tired at the end of the day?
(Click here to see how I chunked my schedule today)
Now that you have a basic idea about "chunking times," I want to challenge you to try it. Choose 1 task that takes about 1 hour to complete. Focus solely on that task, doing whatever you can to eliminate distractions and maximize efficiency.
Once completed, add your comments below! How did it go? What was difficult about it? Did you finish the task?
Read on learn some simple hacks that can help you maximize your productive chunks!
Orange Is the New Black, here we come!