Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time in the day? Of course, you do! The thing is, you have more time than you think. You just need a little help putting that time to better use. Here are five things you can stop doing right now to be more productive every day.

  1.  Checking Your Phone: Checking your phone is a time sucker on so many levels. First, you often fall down a rabbit hole of checking social media and e-mails and lose 3-10 minutes without even realizing it. Then, you have to regain your focus on whatever you were working on. Put your phone in a drawer and only pick up if someone is actually (God forbid) calling you.
  2. Thinking About The Past: For the rest of the day, notice how many times you stop what you are doing to replay something that has happened in the past. There is nothing you can do about it, but by bringing it back up, it is hurting your present as well. Each time you find yourself falling into this trap, I want you to say out loud, “Nope! Back to work!”.
  3. Prioritizing Easy Tasks: We all love a good to-do list that allows us to check off tasks. The problem is we tend to seek out the easy stuff, so we feel productive. If you are deep in an important task, then finish it before doing anything else. Even if something pops up, that will only take a few minutes to complete, and if it isn’t urgent, then it can wait.
  4. Trying To Make It Perfect: When we work on something we care about, we want it to be perfect. When it isn’t, we tend to spend more time than we have trying to fix it. At some point, you need to just move onto your next task. Once finished, look over your work and determine if it delivers quality and value to its recipient. If the answer is yes, it’s good enough to send out into the world.
  5. Saying Yes To Everything: It’s okay to say no. You only have so many hours in the day, and sometimes you can’t say yes to everyone. When someone asks you to do something, ask yourself two questions. First, how much time is this going to take overall? Second, is this activity going to prevent me from reaching my goals? Then you can decide if it’s something you want to take on.