How to Effectively Get More Done in Less Time — Woken Living

  1. Prioritizing
  2. Decluttering
  3. Getting more time to do the things that give you fulfillment.
  1. The 80/20 principle — Pareto Principle
  2. Parkinson’s Law

How the 80/20 Principle Helps You Get More Done in Less Time

Pointers to Help You Get More Done in Less Time

Break down the entire exercise or task

In writing, this process is outlining. This is where you break the work done to give it structure and remove what is not important.

Identify and focus on what is more important

What is more important should be prioritized. You should do the hardest part first.

How Parkinson’s Law Can Help You Get More Done in Less Time

Why does this happen?

You didn’t outline or break down the task before you started

Outlining or breaking down your task saves you the time you would spend thinking about what to do next. You already know what to do next and you would get on with it. Always have an outline or a break down before you start.

You’re distracted

As a blogger, I write in Google Docs. This means my internet is mostly on. It is easy for me to get distracted by email notifications, push notifications, social media updates, and a lot of other things. To avoid this, I turn off all notifications when I’m writing. I focus squarely on my task.

You’re wasteful with time

Imagine what you could do with the extra time you can get from getting more done in lesser time.

You’re stuck in the 9–5

Many times, we have to give the illusion that we are busy. So, we fill our days with several unimportant tasks. In the 9–5 culture, the busy person who even does overtime is the ideal employee.

Productivity Tips to Help You Get More Done for Less

Don’t have more than 2 critical tasks to complete in a day.

After doing your 80/20 analysis, you will know which 2 critical tasks to focus on in a day. And be strict with the time allotment.

Use a short to-do list

Not Outlook. It gives you a lot of room. Don’t even use computer sticky notes. Use the paper sticky notes. They are short. You only need a page a day. Write out the most important tasks to complete. Don’t overwhelm yourself.

Don’t multitask

People think multitasking makes them highly professional. No. It makes people highly unproductive.

When you are prioritizing, always ask this question:

If this is the only task I accomplish today, will I feel fulfilled?

Final notes

Getting more done in less time is very possible. Apply the needed principles and have the extra time to spend on the people and things that you enjoy doing. You can get more done for less if you’re determined to do it.



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John Ajayi

John Ajayi

Walking through this adventure called life. Am I the only one who thinks this way or life is just like Jumanji without dinosaurs?