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20-03-2014, 00:06   #1
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Getting more done

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Kinda generic query but any good tips for getting more done.
I've got so many things i would like to do but never have the time to do them.

Stack of half-read books/DVDs/TED talks/online documentaries etc etc (looked into a speed-reading app there recently ).
Making time for gym/golf etc.
Learning new skills/languages etc.

I really wish i had more time to get stuff done.
I think i might pack this pesky work-thing in altogether.
Ideas?

/awaits Viz-like advice
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I have had the same problem. I have come up with a solution which is working for me quite well. I bought a whiteboard and list my upcoming tasks/things I want to achieve. I keep the whiteboard in my room so it's staring at me all the time. I list everything, goals/tasks/things I want to buy etc. I also keep a diary which I update everyday on the progress I have made that day on getting those tasks done.
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23-03-2014, 19:45   #3
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Cheers.
That's one thing i might look into. Be like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.

Actually i just purchased a couple of ebooks about this (David Allen's Getting Things Done and Steven R. Covey's Seven Habits...), ironically giving me more to get through. Worth a shot i suppose (seem to have very good reviews anyway).

Any other suggestions welcome.
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Start with getting rid of your tv (if you still watch tv) and using the spare time to do things...make lists...set achievable goals per day or week or month. I'd start with small daily goals until you get used to doing things.

I did this about a year ago when I moved, got loads done, then got Netflix...the amount of time spent sitting in front of a screen is terrible...but so entertaining I really should take my own advice
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I need to start by spending less time on Boa
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I agree about listing everything you want/need to do. I'd also add assigning priorities to that. I recently started using the Eisenhower matrix where you indicate for each task whether it's important/unimportant and urgent/not urgent.

Then you focus on the important ones (especially the important and urgent ones) and try to delegate or dump the unimportant ones.

So everything goes into one of 4 categories:
(1) Urgent and important - do these first.
(2) Non-urgent but important - don't neglect these. The temptation is to go for category 3 first, but you should make space to do these category 2 items because in the long run they matter more.
(3) Urgent but not important - try to delegate these ones, or think about whether in fact they really need to be done at all.
(4) Non-urgent and unimportant - bottom of the list. Dump them - or at least delegate them - unless you really have nothing higher priority to be doing.

Old-fashioned system, but works well for me so far.
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I agree about listing everything you want/need to do. I'd also add assigning priorities to that. I recently started using the Eisenhower matrix where you indicate for each task whether it's important/unimportant and urgent/not urgent.

Then you focus on the important ones (especially the important and urgent ones) and try to delegate or dump the unimportant ones.

So everything goes into one of 4 categories:
(1) Urgent and important - do these first.
(2) Non-urgent but important - don't neglect these. The temptation is to go for category 3 first, but you should make space to do these category 2 items because in the long run they matter more.
(3) Urgent but not important - try to delegate these ones, or think about whether in fact they really need to be done at all.
(4) Non-urgent and unimportant - bottom of the list. Dump them - or at least delegate them - unless you really have nothing higher priority to be doing.

Old-fashioned system, but works well for me so far.
Get a book called ( I think ) 'Managing time loving every minute'. Its published by the Chartered Sales Institute I think in the UK. I'll check later on when I find my copy. I got it free with a Filofax. The filofax is long gone but i still have the book. It give you loads of ways to get more done.
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Hi
Kinda generic query but any good tips for getting more done.
I've got so many things i would like to do but never have the time to do them.
Everybody has the same time available.We all have 168 hours. You just got to identify the time killers. Keep a time diary for a week or two jot down everything. You will be surprised !


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Stack of half-read books/DVDs/TED talks/online documentaries etc etc (looked into a speed-reading app there recently ).
1. Start reading one book and finish it. You will find yourself picking up another pretty quickly after.
2. All those ted talks . Transfer them to an ipod and listen to them in a car or on the bus.

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Making time for gym/golf etc.
Go to the gym before work. It sounds tough but maybe start going once a week before work then gradually upping it. You will find yourself having lots more energy throughout the day. Consider the gym like an appointment. You have to go. Everything else is second.

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Learning new skills/languages etc.
Try signing up to a short evening class. Pick something you like then sign up and commit.

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I really wish i had more time to get stuff done.
I think i might pack this pesky work-thing in altogether.
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To do all this stuff you have to eat well and exercise but once everything kicks in you will be motivated and ready to accomplish anything you want. Start small and gradually change.Then watch those energy levels increase.

Best of luck.
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I had to rid my laptop of movies... it was the toughest thing i have done in ages.
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I have a board on the wall for my to-do list. Problem is, its there so long now I don't even notice it any more. It has become an ornament! I know the answer to your problem and mine. We have to give up the computer and internet. I used to think I didn't have the time for everything I need to do, but of course I have plenty of time, I just spend a lot of it in front of one screen or another. We just need the motivation to stand up, move away, and actually DO something better with our time. Yes, I'll go now. I will, really I will.
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First its good to understand that when you say you don't have time to do something, its not that you don't have time, but that you put everything else you do in higher priority than that which you don't have time for. What I do, because my knoggin is a clutter mess sometimes, is create a list of things that I "have to do" and then when its done I have my freetime.
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Start with getting rid of your tv (if you still watch tv) and using the spare time to do things...make lists...set achievable goals per day or week or month. I'd start with small daily goals until you get used to doing things.

I did this about a year ago when I moved, got loads done, then got Netflix...the amount of time spent sitting in front of a screen is terrible...but so entertaining I really should take my own advice
You do not even know how much I agree with you on this issue
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