To anyone with a side gig on top of their regular 9-5, time management is crucial.
If you were to live until you were 82, you will have had just 30,000 days in your lifetime to make something out of nothing.
When you start to put that into perspective, there really aren’t enough hours in the day so how can we make the most of what little time we have?
In order to maximise your output and increase productivity here are a few steps to consider:
Forming Good Habits
I can’t stress enough how productive you’ll become when you start contributing to your project on a regular basis.
Making your workflow habitual is key to the success of your mission and you’ll find over time that, actually, you’re capable of achieving more in one day than you initially thought possible.
Take building a house, for instance, the builder might be faced with the choice of laying one brick per day or many bricks as quickly as he can.
This is a concept we’ll return to in tomorrow’s blog but for now, it’s important to recognise the difference between the habitual bricklayer and the impulsive bricklayer.
The Crescent Moon Concept
What do you do when you get home from your 9-5?
Are you guilty of putting your feet up, scrolling through Facebook or Netflix and melting into the couch for the evening?
I certainly did. I’d regularly spend entire evenings playing games or watching movies and TV in order to numb myself from the reality I was faced with.
The reality that I hated my job.
When starting my project, this was no longer an option.
I had to find a way to manage my time in a way that was productive.
Introducing the crescent moon concept.
If you look at a clock or the face of a watch you’ll be able to map the time you spend at work from 9-5.
It takes me about an hour to walk home from the office and chow down on some food.
I then have from 6-1 to work on my project with as much vigour as I would my 9-5.
It sounds daunting before you actually start doing it.
I’ve become so productive, so entranced with working on this project that it’s rare you’ll ever see me playing games anymore and I used to write a gaming blog!
Instead, I’m focused on developing in terms of both myself and this project which I find to be a much better use of my time.
Title of the book by Greg McKeown and more than just a fancy phrase.
I won’t spend this section reviewing the contents of the book— though that could be arranged?
Instead, we’ll briefly discuss the definition of essentialism and how we can utilise it in our day to day schedule.
In a nutshell, essentialism destroys the idea that being busy is something to celebrate.
It’s a lifestyle whereby you eliminate the noise pollution around critical activities by concentrate your energy on the vital few things that really matter.
Tim Ferriss touches on this in The Four Hour Workweek where he describes his approach to email correspondence.
Use that swanky little notebook you got after yesterday’s blog post and write down all tasks that you do today.
Not just the ones you deem important.
But log your day by the hour.
Highlight all tasks that can be shortened or eliminated altogether and put that into practice tomorrow.
It’s certainly not for everyone –we all have our own boundaries– but the benefits of approaching your daily routine in this way will undoubtedly contribute to the increased productivity you will experience by following this programme.