This Mindset Can Help You Save Time & Get More Done

Don't be late to your wedding!  Photo by  dylan nolte  on  Unsplash

Don't be late to your wedding! Photo by dylan nolte on Unsplash

Do you have things that you want to accomplish that you feel like you don’t have “time” for?

Do you ever feel like your schedule is out of control and you don’t have time to actually do the things you want to do?

I used to feel like this all the time.

And while there are a ton of time-management strategies out there to help people better manage their time, there is a certain mindset that you can adopt that will help you streamline your time and put all those time-management strategies into practice.

But before we get to that, let me first tell you how I arrived at this approach.

When I was undergoing  breast cancer treatments, I continued working full-time and was in charge of a major project at work. I put this time-management theory to the test:

Is it possible to streamline my responsibilities to a point where I’m able to juggle the mental and physical requirements of my disease and also maintain my performance at work?

The answer, in my case, was yes.

Not only did I kick-cancer, my strategy unlocked so much productivity that I also was able to advance at work. Since then, I have continued to refine my time-management strategy into something that has helped me launch this blog while continuing to take on more responsibility at my full-time job.

But first, before I started pursuing an intense time-management strategy. I had to come to a realization. And that realization put me in the right mindset and continues to serve as the cornerstone of my time-management strategy.

Here’s the mindset:

"My time is valuable."

Simple, right?

Let’s explore further:

Time is one of our most valuable resources because it is extremely limited. No one has a lot of time.

How do I know this? Because there are only 24 hours in one day and that is true for everyone that currently lives on planet Earth.

The truth is we all have a finite amount of time, no matter if you’re Elon Musk, or an intern at a huge company where your main priority is to get the coffee in the morning. There are only 24 hours in a day, for everyone.

So, in order to truly maximize your day, you need to start acting like your time is the precious resource that it is and stop taking it for granted.

So, what does that mean?

  • It means that you are ruthless in evaluating whether the effort you are putting into something is worth the Return on Investment (ROI).
  • It means that you look for ways that you can save time so that you can get more done or you can use to recharge your batteries. 
  • It means that you take control of your schedule by always proactively being on the lookout for inefficiencies that are stealing your time.  
  • It means that you aren’t afraid to say no to things that aren’t going to be worth the return on your time.

For an example of this mentality in action, check out this post, where I talk about how I was able to save myself 7+ hours a week by switching up my daily commute.

Another example of how I created efficiencies with my time:

I used to (and still do) have a lot of doctor appointments. And doctor appointments can be tricky, because doctors’ offices often run behind. So you end up waiting forever and when you factor in travel to and from, it can take a huge chunk out of your day!

When I was facing lots of regular doctor appointments, I had a conundrum. I HAD to go to these appointments, but I didn’t want to miss out on hours of potential productivity just to sit and wait in a doctor’s office. Simply put, I refused to let my valuable time be taken away for such an inefficient purpose (waiting around).  So what did I do?

I took control of my schedule of doctor appointments in whatever way that I could.

I did the following things:

  1. I started making appointments for first thing in the morning, the earliest I possibly could. This meant that traffic wouldn’t be super terrible if it was early enough and the wait time would be less, because I was in the first group of patients. And even if I arrived to work late, it was better than having to leave in the middle of the day and then come back.
  2. I streamlined appointments. Did I need to visit two doctors in one hospital? Then I made those appointments on the same day, back to back.
  3. I needed to receive medication once a month in the doctor’s office.  I researched and found there was a similar medication that lasted for 3 months, thus eliminating 8 monthly doctor trips per year.
  4. For my regular healthcare needs, I joined One Medical which is a paid membership, but they utilize modern technology so wait times are eliminated and you can text and video chat with your doctors.

It takes considerable planning to make sure that my appointments are scheduled in advance so that I can get them at the times I want and I had to do some research and outside-the-box thinking and strategizing in some cases to nail down this time-maximizing approach. But the end result was worth it, because my medical appointments, though frequent, became substantially less of an inefficient time-suck, and I was still getting the care I needed.

This is just one example of how you can create efficiencies in your schedule once you acknowledge that your time is valuable.

If you start thinking about it and analyzing your daily workflow and schedule, you’ll start to see ways were you can be more efficient and save more time, thus freeing up time for you to do other things that matter.

Final Thoughts:

Remember, no matter who you are, or where you are in your career, your time is valuable, and when you start treating it as such, you’ll start seeing ways to save more of it.

What are some ways that you’ve saved time? Message me here!