Are you more likely to do a little each day, or work in less frequent longer blocks of time?
By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished. We tend to overestimate how much we can accomplish in an hour or a week and underestimate how much we can accomplish in a month or a year, by doing just a little bit each day. – Gretchen Rubin
Here are 10 ways to do a little each day, and end up with a lot accomplished.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes, and work on one task. Don’t stop to do anything else until the timer goes of.
- Make a list of an entire project/task/etc, and break it down into the smallest chunks that you can. Use any minor block of time to do one task.
- Use commercials during TV (don’t skip them!) to make two minutes of progress. What can be done in two minutes? Respond to an email, update your Facebook page, unload the dishwasher, empty and repack a purse or work bag, pick up the living room, etc.
- Make a list of things you can do in 5-15 minute blocks of time, and where you can do them. Use those small chunks of time. For example, I can make a grocery list while waiting for a meeting to start, or waiting in line just about anywhere. (We use the app Our Groceries, which I love primarily for the fact that it automatically syncs between my phone and my husband’s phone. I’m sure we could accomplish the same thing with Evernote or another tool that’s not single use, but we’ve used this one for years and why change what isn’t broken, right?!)
- Keep blank cards in your handbag and use snippets of time to write and send cards.
- Review your list of goals or Action Plan daily. They are posted in a place you can read and review every day, right? This will keep you motivated to actively work toward your goals, and top of mind as you go throughout your day.
- Set aside a day, or several hour chunk of time to plan out major projects.
- Review your calendar and block out regular, consistent blocks of time to work on priority projects. The length of time matters less than the ability to be consistent with the time. Follow through with using the scheduled time blocks to work on the task at hand.
- Pick one thing from your to-do list, or one thing that someone has asked you to do, and simply say no. Cross it off the list. Time saved!
- Make a don’t do list. When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. If you have a hard time saying no, like me, then having a pre-set list of things you won’t do can save time in both the decision making process as well as the activities themselves.