I don’t know about you, but for me, life has never been busier. Mostly busy in a good way, but nevertheless it is often hard to squeeze everything into just those 24 little capsules that we call hours.
So how do you make more time and also become vastly more productive?
Personally I like to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Here are two examples of how I have done this recently.
1 – In the bath
I don’t normally take baths, but occasionally I will fancy a nice warm bath, and I generally sit in the bath for 10 mins with my little willy popping through the foam bubbles. Here is what I do now… I bought a Dictaphone voice recorder machine, and I take it in the bathroom with me. I tend to find that I can be more creative and productive when I have no distractions, so the bath is ideal. In fact, I though about writing this blog post whilst in the bath. If you have 5 baths per week, at 20 mins each, that is over 86 hours of creative time per year that you can use to find content for your site, create new ideas, organise your life etc…
2 – Whilst watching TV
I don’t watch much TV these days, but when I do watch TV, it is generally to watch my football team. Here is what I am going to transform this waste of time into a more productive past time… I own a running machine, so what I am going to do is mount a TV on the wall directly opposite the running machine and whenever I watch football I have to be jogging.
This serves two purposes; Firstly, it prevents me from feeling guilty about spending 2 or 3 hours per week watching a bunch of overpaid prats running round chasing a ball. Secondly, it gets me healthy without all the boredom that is normally associated with getting healthy.
I am planning to try and make it a little more fun by changing the speed of the running machine depending on the score of the game. For example, if my team are losing, I have to go fast, if they are winning, I can stroll. If I was really technical, I could set it up so that the TV turns itself off if I don’t maintain a certain speed.
We all need our vices and relaxing past times etc… but there is no reason that we can’t be doing something else occasionally whilst we are sat on our ass. Other examples are: listening to educational podcasts on your MP3 player or in your car, learning a new language on the way to work etc…
Let me know if any of this 2 birds 1 stone productivity appeals to you.
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