In this assignment I was asked, “What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?” There are probably many ways that I can achieve this by making just small changes that add up.
First of all, before I was given this assignment I began keeping an hourly log of my day. By setting a time for each project and staying on track I was forced to realize how much time was being wasted. Each hours goal had to be met before I allowed myself to become distracted or take a break. Even breaks and lunches had to be scheduled in. I also realized what Gary North had advised me about, which is time is speeding up and priorities are essential to be successful in life.
Another way of being more efficient is to make a to-do list. Things I need to do for myself I try to prioritize and check them off as they are completed. I have self imposed deadlines and I stick to them.
I realized the times I have gone on my phone during school inevitably took longer than I wanted it to. When I just focus on school and nothing else, it gets done much faster. So powering down my phone will become a must to be most efficient.
The other thing I would like to mention here is not something I think I should cut, but instead add. That would be sleep. A well rested person can accomplish much more than a slow exhausted person. Plus it is not healthy to lack sleep. I think these “tired” minutes will really add up to productive minutes.
“Lost time is never found again.” -Ben Franklin
Something I realized about myself regarding this assignment is that I am not the best at multitasking. I am better at focusing on one task at a time rather than juggling a bunch of them. I am trying to find my groove and what suits me best because that will certainly help me achieve more with less. I remember reading an article about just this. The article stated “When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount.” Therefore multitasking is really task switching. I definitely think I agree with this.
So to sum up I think being more efficient is not just about taking things out of my schedule, but also putting things in as well. Of course, nothing I wrote about will work if not applied diligently.