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Squeeze more out of 24 hours!

January 4th, 2017

Ever notice how 15 minutes can drag on and on… and on while you’re waiting to see a doctor, but, when you’re not focused (say, scrolling through Instagram), 15 minutes is gone in the blink of an eye? If you do the math, you’ll learn that every day actually contains ninety-six 15-minute blocks of time. That’s a lot! With a little bit of planning, you can accomplish much more than you think, in just 15-minute increments. Want to learn how?

1. Make one and only one To Do list! The two biggest mistakes we’ve seen with people scrambling to “get it all done” is that they either have no To Do list or they have To Do lists written everywhere—plastered like wallpaper on computer screens, on refrigerators, on scraps of paper in the darkest caverns of their purses. Either way, these systems don’t work. Whether it’s electronic or paper, commit to having one and only one To Do list in 2017.  The power of one—try it!

2. Schedule tasks to get them done! The key to getting things done is focusing on the things that actually matter. All too often, we just do the easy stuff. Instead, give this a try: select one big item from your To Do list and schedule specific blocks of time in your calendar to work on this one task. Start by scheduling a 15-minute block of time—what is the first step you can take to tackle a big To Do?

3. Hone in on time robbers! To truly understand what’s raiding your 15 minute blocks, track for a week or two exactly how much time you spend on social media, binge watching your favorite TV program, playing Call of Duty, or doing anything else that tends to devour precious blocks of time. In our experience, these are the biggest time robbers. Once you know what yours are, commit to reducing the time spent by 10%, as a start.

4. Last, but not least, just say “no” to multi-tasking! Most experts, including CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, agree that multi-tasking is actually counterproductive. Our brains are not programmed to do more than one thing at a time. As a result, we’re using precious brain cells switching back and forth between tasks. Try instead to focus on one and only once task until its completion. http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/health/your-brain-multitasking/

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