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5 Dead Simple Ways To Instantly Get More Time In Your Life

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This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion — helping online entrepreneurs SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS. Want to become more productive? Download his free ebook and learn how to DOUBLE your productivity in seven days.


 

You are frustrated.

Because no matter what you do…

your 24 hours NEVER seem to be enough.

Your never-ending to-do list is growing by the hour.

You have consumed a gazillion time management tips through books, ebooks, podcasts, blog posts, and YouTube videos.

And to be quite honest…

Google is probably so FED UP by your time management tip searches…

that if you do ONE more search (I dare you)…

someone will knock on your door, say “this is from Google,” and PUNCH you straight in the FACE.

But the SCARY thing is…

that if you don’t pull your act together NOW.

Your to-do list will do something far WORSE than punching you in the face…

Can you relate? If so, no worries. I have been there too.

Relax. I got your back.

Let me reveal to you the five dead simple ways to instantly get more time in your life.

1. Find Your Why

This is the secret sauce behind successful people’s accomplishments.

When you set a goal, one of the most important steps is to find a strong why.

The stronger your why is, the higher the chance that you will actually push yourself out of your comfort zone and do the necessary tasks in order to achieve your goal.

If your why isn’t strong enough, you won’t have the motivation and persistence to keep doing the necessary activities for as long as it takes.

The same goes for making a change in your life.

They say that if you want something you haven’t achieved before, you have to do something you haven’t done before.

You might be thinking “OK, Tor. Finding your why applies to goal setting and making changes, but what does this have to do with creating more time?”

Great question!

Let me elaborate.

You are really setting a goal.

What is your goal?

If you answered to create more time, a high five to you.

*SLAP*

Let’s say that your goal was to save two more hours each week.

That means that you would need to make changes to your current routine and create new habits.

And that leads us to finding YOUR WHY.

Why do you want to create two more hours each week? A strong why will trigger your emotion. The more emotion and passion you get when you think of your why, the stronger your why will be.

The bigger your goal is, the stronger your why has to be in order to have a chance to accomplish it.

Example of a weak why:
You want to create two more hours each week so you can lie on the coach and watch a sitcom.

Even though lying on the coach watching a sitcom might be fun, you are not willing to work very hard in order to accomplish that.

Example of a strong why:
You want to create two more hours each week so you can spend those two hours with your kids and family.

That is a strong why, and just thinking about seeing the happiness in the faces of your kids and family when you’re spending more time with them makes you emotional.

So find your strong why.

Why do YOU want to create more time in your life?

Please don’t skip this part, since it’s the most important step when it comes to you creating more time in your life.

Have you found your strong why?

Awesome!

Let’s take a look at how to…

2. Identify Your Superpower

The best way to save more time in your life is to become more productive.

Your plan is to do four important tasks on your to-do list for the day, and you have estimated that it will take you eight hours. If you can complete those four tasks during your workday, you’re happy and sticking to your schedule.

What would happen if you managed to become MORE PRODUCTIVE and complete those four tasks in seven hours instead of eight hours?

You would save one hour that day!

If you managed to do that every day, and you were working five days per week, you would save five hours per week.

When I was working for one of the biggest companies in Norway as an SAP system administrator, I managed to increase my own productivity by 200%.

In other words, I managed to complete in two hours what I normally spent six hours doing.

In order for you to become more productive, you need to identify your superpower.

Regardless of whether you have a full-time job or run your own business, you need to ask yourself the questions:

Which types of tasks can only YOU do?

Which types of tasks will make you generate the BIGGEST value for the company?

If you can identify and focus on only doing the tasks that you are the best at doing, you will generate the highest value for your workplace or your own business.

This will make you highly valuable, and you will be able to constantly spend your skills on the activities that will bring you the highest return on investment (ROI).

Example:

You are really good with web design.

What should you focus your time on doing?

You should focus your time on doing awesome web design work for your clients.

You shouldn’t focus on getting leads, booking meetings, selling more client work, accounting, hosting your website, etc.

Obviously those tasks need to get done, and there isn’t any more important activity for any business than getting new sales and generating income.

My point is that if you are the best at doing web design, you should do web design and leave the other important tasks to other people.

If you are a one man / woman show, you should strongly consider outsourcing time-consuming tasks that aren’t a part of YOUR superpower.

Note: if you are running your own business, and you don’t have client work, and you are not able to outsource sales, you should focus on…sales, sales, and sales.

Like Marc Cuban said: “Sales cure all.”

When you have identified your superpower, you should concentrate on…

3. The Two Golden Hours

Research has shown that the majority of people are most productive the first two hours after they get out of bed. This may, of course, vary from person to person. Some people are more productive in the evening, while other are early birds.

You need to identify when YOU are the most productive during the day, and then you need to protect that time like your life depends on it.

You don’t spend those two hours on checking your email, taking a shower, walking the dog, poking old class mates on Facebook, or planning what you’re going to do for the day.

You should spend those two hours on your most income-generating tasks. In other words, the tasks that fall under your superpower.

If you were to apply only ONE of the tips in this article, you should focus on implementing THIS tip.

I can guarantee that when you are able to identify WHEN you are the most productive during the day and block that time for only doing your MOST IMPORTANT tasks, you will skyrocket your productivity.

If you want to really take your productivity to the next level, you should improve your…

4. Focus

The experts say that the person who is able to focus his / her mind on one single thought for two minutes straight is able to accomplish anything.

Research has shown that focusing on doing one single task until it’s completed will eat multitasking for breakfast every single time.

We have already covered that you should spend your two most productive hours each day on your most important tasks.

Planning is the easy part.

Note: You should have planned your to-do list the night before. I covered planning, the 80/20 rule, and the ABCDE method in a previous Asian Efficiency post.

You want to make sure that you are able to spend your two most productive hours on actually DOING the most important tasks.

How much of those two hours should be spent on your most important tasks?

Two hours.

What types of activities should you do in those two hours?

Only your most important tasks.

It may seem that I am spoon-feeding you this point.

And I admit that I am.

Want to hear the CRAZY part?

I won’t even say that I’m sorry.

You may be thinking, “Wow, this Tor guy is really direct.” Touché.

I REALLY want YOU to SUCCEED, and I’m not a big fan of beating around the bush.

So how do you improve your focus?

I wrote a blog post on this on Blogging Wizard.

The short version is that you need to REMOVE ALL DISTRACTIONS.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Imagine that you are sitting at work trying to concentrate on writing an important report.

Then five monkeys appear and start annoying you. One monkey starts licking you in the ear, while another monkey starts to bite your leg. The third and fourth monkeys start throwing bananas at you, while the last monkey starts to pick your nose (yeah, crazy example, I know.)

How well do you think that report would turn out?

You probably wouldn’t have managed to write the report at ALL, as long as those monkeys were harassing you.

Those monkeys are distractions.

So how are you able to focus on doing your important tasks?

You have to first REMOVE the monkeys.

Then you will be able to focus better.

Here are a few tips on how to remove distractions:

  • Mute your cellphone or turn it off
  • Turn off your Internet (you can do research later)
  • Inform the people around you that you are going to focus on a very important task and that you won’t be available during that time
  • Use earplugs and listen to relaxing music with no vocals

If you are not able to control the environment, you have to change environment.

Move from your desk to a meeting room, a library, a Starbucks, any place that is MORE QUIET than your current environment.

Now over to the last tip that will really help you to save more time. Start to…

5. Say No

You have probably heard the phrase that successful people also only have 24 hours in their day. And they do.

One of the real reasons for their success is that they are really good at saying no.

For every time you say yes, you automatically say no to other opportunities. If you say yes to helping your neighbor paint his / her garage, that’s a nice gesture, but you are actually giving away time that you could have spent on being with your family or working on your business. It’s important to say no to unreasonable requests that aren’t bringing you closer to your goals.

The more successful you become, the busier your schedule will become and the more opportunities will be sent your way.

This also means that you have to be VERY SELECTIVE on how you spend your time.

At the beginning, it can be really uncomfortable to say no to people, but if you do it in a polite way, referring to your busy schedule, they will understand. What’s even better is that they will start to get used to YOU being a busy person and they will respect your time even MORE.

You want to become more successful, right?

Then become better at saying no to unreasonable requests.

You might be asking the question…

Do These Tips Really Work?

Since I decided to leave my six-figure corporate job and start my own blog helping people to SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS, I have applied these tips every single day.

Do they work?

Judge for yourself.

In about eight months, I have won an award for “Most Epic” blog post on Boost Blog Traffic (Jon Morrow’s blog), been interviewed eight times, written 17 guest posts for big blogs, and been featured as an expert on 26 websites.

What is my strong why?

To become and stay extremely productive so I can spend more time with my little baby princess Luna.

Luna's Picture

If I can do it, then so CAN YOU!

What to do next…

Now you have the recipe for how to create more time in your life.

But it doesn’t matter how good the recipe is if you don’t APPLY it.

Note: if you want more success in your life, creating more time is just the first step. The most important part is actually HOW you spend your time.

What’s the point in saving two hours more per week, if you only spend them on watching cute cat videos on YouTube?

It may be fun, but I am quite certain that it doesn’t bring YOU any closer to YOUR goals and dreams.

Go out there, create more time, and spend it wisely!

What is your experience with creating more time in your life?

But more importantly, what do you spend your time on?


 

This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion — helping online entrepreneurs SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS. Want to become more productive? Download his free ebook and learn how to DOUBLE your productivity in seven days.

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8 Comments

Posted by Gianni Cara  | November 6, 2015 at 6:04AM | Reply

Nice tips, Tor!

I totally agree with your first point, “finding your why”. I’d also encourage people to visualize it every morning to give them a boost of motivation and keep themselves accountable.

Didn’t know about your blog. Will add it to my Feedly now.
Gianni

Posted by Sue Dunlevie  | November 19, 2015 at 9:51AM | Reply

Hi, Tor,

I love saying No and using 2 golden hours. These are my best ways to control my time and help me reach my goals.

Thanks for the other ideas!
Sue

Posted by Chery Schmidt  | November 19, 2015 at 11:24AM | Reply

Awesome Post Tor! And what a Beautiful Little Princess you have there A HUGE WHY INDEED!

I took plenty of notes here my friend and I am going to start to apply them ASAP.

Have an Amazing Day
Chery :))

Posted by Daniela Uslan  | November 20, 2015 at 12:29PM | Reply

What a great post! Each of these tips is super helpful and actionable. My favorite was to identify your superpower and only do that…I am working towards that one! And I love how you shared a picture of your daughter at the end. So cute!

Posted by Tor Refsland  | November 27, 2015 at 5:17AM | Reply

Hey Gianni,

thanks for your kind words.

Yes, finding your why is very important.

I like your suggestion: “I’d also encourage people to visualize it every morning to give them a boost of motivation and keep themselves accountable.”

Thanks for adding my blog to your Feedly account ;)

Have a great day!

Tor

Posted by Tor Refsland  | November 27, 2015 at 5:19AM | Reply

Hey Sue,

thanks for commenting. I really appreciate it.

Yes, start saying no and using 2 golden hours can alone save you several hours per day.

Tor

Posted by Tor Refsland  | November 27, 2015 at 5:20AM | Reply

Thanks for stopping by to comment, Chery, and for your kind words.

Yeah, my daughter is definitely my strong why ;)

Have a great day!

Tor

Posted by Tor Refsland  | November 27, 2015 at 5:24AM | Reply

Thanks for your kind words, Daniela.

I appreciate it big time, my friend :)

Thanks for the comment about my daughter. It will be really hard for me to say no to her when she grows up. She will probably look at my with her cute begging look.

*Arg* How will I be able to handle that look?

Hmm..yeah, I got and idea; I will close my eyes while I say no to her ;)

Tor

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