How many times have you thought to yourself “There are not enough hours in a day!” or “Oh, I need two of me to get everything done!” How do we keep our mental madness under control and still get the job done? I’d rather spend more time enjoying life than working on projects that overflow into the after hours.

Rapper, 50 cent, had an album titled, Get Rich or Die Trying and I always wondered, “Why I gotta die?!” Is it possible to work hard without working to death? What kind of life would we have if we spent too much time working and were too exhausted to enjoy the precious moments on earth?

At the end of the second quarter, I have accomplished most of my goals, but now I’m gearing up for one the biggest personal challenges thus far, becoming more efficient when it comes to my career, finances, and social life. I’d been at a point where I felt overworked, overwhelmed, and unable to keep up with the madness. I knew that had to change.

The definition of efficiency is the ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort. All I want to do is to become more efficient without stressing and increase productivity. With a little help of technology and self-determination I have found 5 techniques that are helping me to boost my efficiency levels:

  1. Ask for help and delegate. There will be instances where there are too many tasks to complete alone; others will lighten the load and relieve pressure.
  2. Tasks Manager Apps: Apps such as WeDo help keep track of upcoming tasks, events, bills, or anything else you have to complete. It will eliminate the guesswork on what you should get done.
  3. Stop taking on too many responsibilities and start saying “No” when there are too many things on your plate. It’s proven that being able to concentrate with few distractions will lead to better work in faster time and help reduce stress.
  4. Determine what needs to get done now and work your way through the task. Being able to see where you are headed will help keep things in order.
  5. Track the amount time it takes to complete certain activities and then work on reducing the time. Creating great work in the shortest amount of time is the end goal for most us and it will take time to perfect that skill.

 

With the use of these tools, I challenge you to think about the best ways to maximize your time and live the best life possible. We only have one life, so let’s make it as efficient as we can.