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The biggest and most unusual deadline of the year

Every year before New Year we realize and wonder that a year has passed without really noticing it and very likely without having spent as much time on the important things as planned. In fact, 80% of New Year’s resolutions don’t last.

New Year is a deadline with an unusual dynamic. It’s not like all the other deadlines where we speed up and start getting done 5x as much stuff to meet it. Instead, we slow down, we look back, we recall all the exciting plans that we’ve made at the beginning of the year and wonder how few we’ve actually achieved.

And then that little sad voice in ourselves asks:

“Why did I not take care that much about my health, played with the kids, followed my passions or spent time exploring the world?”

Interestingly, the simple answer is to say that we did not have the time. But why? Well, almost always we go like: “I was too busy working”.

Turns out this is the #1 reason why as kids or elderly we have plenty of time but in between it’s a rare thing to have.

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Don’t get us wrong. Work is a good thing, but the common work culture is not. When it comes down to decide between work and life, we almost always opt for work and there are good reasons to do so. Work pays the bills, gives us safety and makes us feel good. However, we at Timeular really believe, that if we do it right, we can still achieve great things at work and have a great life too.

The first thing we have to change is how we judge our performance

It’s not about how many hours we work, it’s about what meaningful outcome we achieve within those hours. It’s about saying no to all the distractions and fake-urgent things and focus on the really important tasks instead. In sports we all know that training a huge amount of hours a day is counter-productive, so why do we keep pretending it’s good at work?

We at Timeular want to change this by helping you to spend more time on your important things and keep being successful at work. We support you to understand where your time is going and to improve from there.

Imagine you could stop after 8, 7, 6 hours working very productively, then recharge by enjoying the other beloved things in life and come back the day after full of energy. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

We like to say instead of working harder and play harder, we have to work smarter and live healthier. It’s easy to be busy and it’s super hard to be not because you have to say no to many things, but believe us, once you get there, you’ll enjoy a much higher quality of life.

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The #1 way to get there, is to start taking control over your precious time and prioritize how you spend it. It’s time to find out what you are spending most of your time on and what to change. The key to success here is to change one thing at a time. It’s a step by step journey where it will be easy to fall into old habits and to avoid that we need to start with only one goal. One! Sorry, we can’t stress it enough.

If you want to make 2019 better, apply this loop:

  1. What’s currently your number one important thing you want to spend more time on? Trust your gut. How much time does that require per week? Common examples are doing sports twice a week, playing with the kids at least 1 hour every day and cooking a healthy dinner every day.
  2. Measure where can you take the required time from and how e.g. you find out that you spend 3h per week in unnecessary update meetings which could also be done via email and asynchronously. Time to change that.
  3. When you know that, start shifting time from that one thing to the other step by step. After you’re done start over with 1. again.

 

If you think it’s not possible to shift time because other things are more urgent and important, just look back at 2018 and at how often you or your boss thought something is super urgent and important and looking back as of today it was not.

What’s important to you personally should be your highest priority and if you manage to spend more time on those things you will see that next year in December the unusual thing will not be the New Year dynamic again. Instead, it will be you having a happy smile on your face because you and your life have both improved a lot.

And if it was us that helped you to do so, we will be smiling with you, because we want to make your time count!

 

 

P.S. If you want to increase your chances to succeed, share this article with your team members because you can’t change your team’s work culture alone.

Why You Are Working More And Getting Less Done

We’ve all been there.

You’re finally ready to start working. You’ve made your coffee, checked your email, scanned the news, and you can feel the cogs of productivity beginning to turn.You jot down a few lines, crunch some numbers, or get the template made. You are a powerhouse of efficiency, and nothing, we repeat, nothing can stop you.

Until that is, an email from the boss hits your inbox. A banner alert on your phone chimes. A coworker pops in to let you know, that for the third time this week, there’s cake in the conference room.

Why are you working more hours and getting less done? It comes down to one word, or lack thereof — organization.

Not to be confused with its easily conquerable enemy, distraction, organization is an elusive concept for some while it comes as naturally as breathing for others. And it’s more important, subtle, and over-arching than you thought.

It’s only with organization; of thought, of pattern, of routine, of self; that you are able to tackle that aforementioned nemesis, distraction.

Let’s look at 5 things you can do to defeat common downfalls of organization.

1. Know Yourself

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you require a quiet room free from the distraction of others, or thrive in a community co-working space? Tuning in to those personal preferences and adjusting your working schedule accordingly will do wonders for your productivity. For example, once you finally resign yourself to the fact that morning hours are your most productive, you’re able to adjust and reorganize your schedule accordingly. Errands, phone calls, tidying up, etc, can then be re-assigned to the evening so you’re not wasting your most productive time on less pressing matters.

2. Disconnect and Unplug

We get it, you have a demanding boss who expects you to be reachable 24/7, even at 2:15 on a Sunday morning. Regardless, you have to find a way to unplug. Only being able to focus for ten, fifteen minutes at a time before another email or text message comes in is the most virulent cancer to productivity in the modern age. Try setting up and auto-response or letting colleagues know in advance that you will not be responding to emails for the next two hours.

3. Make a Plan and Stick to it

Especially for those who are juggling multiple projects or have limited hours to spending working, creating and sticking to your work plan is vital. If you are spending the first fifteen minutes of every session trying to figure out just what it is you’re working on, needless to say, you are not making the most of your time. At the end of each session make note of where you left off and what you’re hoping to accomplish next time.

4. Give Yourself Less Time

Ever notice how when you’re busier you’re able to get more done? That’s because when you know you have all week to tackle a big project, that big project is going to take you just that — a whole week. When you’re juggling multiple deadlines and projects you work more efficiently to get them done. Give yourself self-imposed time limits. Telling yourself you are going to work tooth and nail for the next 8 hours to finish isn’t just cruel — it’s not realistic.

5. Take Care of Your Body

A healthy body and mind lend to a healthy work routine, trust us. A physical body that is exercised, well rested, and nourished will aid in mental acuity and focus. While we’ve all done the heavily-caffeinated all-nighter in college, we’re adults now and need to properly care for ourselves. Carve out some time in your busy schedule to connect to your body and you’ll find that focus you’ve been grasping after comes a bit more easily.

Working well and utilizing your time effectively is a skill, and like all others, something that gets better with practice. Identifying your weak spots is the first step in answering, “why am I working more hours and getting less done?” Next, take an honest look at your work habits and self to pinpoint where you can be more organized. Using the above list as a template and applying the five points to your life is a great place to start. We have a feeling you’ll be purring along as a well-oiled efficiency machine in no time.