Time Efficiency: When You Make Small Mindset Shifts for Big Improvements
The Miller Mindset: Episode # 0006
Welcome to “The Miller Mindset”, a weekly podcast where we explore the power of positive thinking and its impact on our lives. Join me, Chris Miller, as we dive into such topics as goal- setting, overcoming obstacles, and developing a growth mindset. If you’re looking to improve your life and reach your full potential, then this podcast is for you. Don’t miss an episode. Be sure to subscribe today! On today’s show, we’ll explore how to improve your time efficiency by adjusting your mindset and integrating small changes into your daily routine. We’ve got a lot to cover with this topic, so let’s get into it.
To start, we’ll emphasize the importance of recognizing that time is a precious resource that can’t be recovered once lost.
With that in mind, our #1 strategy is to set clear goals and prioritize tasks accordingly.
One way to ensure that you are setting clear goals is by being specific and measurable in defining what you want to achieve. Break them down into smaller, actionable steps with deadlines attached to keep yourself on track. Go back and listen to episode 5 again, specifically to the part when we discuss getting on the success train for a step by step process to accomplish any goal and keep your mind moving in the right direction. Once you have the tasks mapped out , you need to rank them in order of priority. Read through them and rank them. “This is more important that that is,” or “Before I can do this one, I need to have this one here completed first.” Doing this helps avoid wasting valuable time on non-essential tasks and ensures that the most critical ones are completed first. It is important to write it down though, and then even read over it out loud if need be. This can provide a visual understanding in your mind of the day ahead, and even strengthen your resolve to make sure you don’t stop until you get everything crossed off your list for the day.
#2, – Adopt a growth mindset that embraces mistakes and failures as learning opportunities instead of obstacles.
Recognize that failure is not permanent and that you can learn and grow from those mistakes more than you can from things that go right the first time. Practice good self-reflection and take ownership of your mistakes when you make them rather than blaming some external factors that you could have controlled but didn’t. Understand that you could and maybe should have done things differently, and then learn from the experience to get better outcomes in the future when you are put in similar situations. Seek out feedback from others, and then put that feedback to good use to turn potential failures into opportunities for growth. If you remember episode 3, we talked about this a little as well when we talked about reframing mistakes as opportunities to innovate and improve.
#3 – Focus on avoiding distractions by limiting multitasking and setting aside dedicated blocks of time for specific tasks.
One effective method is to use time-blocking, where you schedule your day into specific time slots for each task, avoiding any interruptions or distractions. Another way is to limit the number of meetings and check your emails less frequently, allowing you to focus on the task at hand. Additionally, turning off notifications on your phone or social media can help reduce distractions and increase productivity. A good rule of thumb that you could try to implement into your workday mindset is to limit social media, and other distractions to the time necessary to accomplish a work related task only. For example: Don’t go to Facebook during the work day unless you are going to be using it for some work related task. Puppies and Kitties sleeping together might be cute to sit and watch videos about, but unless you are getting paid by Facebook to sit and watch them, you’re officially wasting time. By focusing on work related tasks only during your workday, you can stay on target toward reaching your goals.
#4 – Build in breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout and maintain motivation.
One way to do this is by taking short walks or just a quick minute to stretch every hour to reset your mind and body. Another technique is to switch tasks or alternate between cognitively demanding and less demanding tasks to prevent mental fatigue. Additionally, building in social breaks, such as having lunch with colleagues or taking a quick coffee break with a friend, can help boost your morale and help keep you motivated to keep going strong throughout the day. Finally, taking complete breaks away from work, such as practicing a hobby or exercising during lunch or after work, can also be a great way to recharge your batteries and prevent burnout. For me, its the a glass. I always keep my glass of tea with me as I work. When my tea runs out, I have to take time to get up and stretch my legs a little as I walk to the other end of the house to re-fill my glass. Along the way, I take time to pet the dog, chat and laugh it up with my wife, and check in on how my son is doing on his school work. He’s homeschooled. Then, after I make my rounds, and have a full glass, I’m back at it.
#5 – Learn the power of saying “no” to tasks that don’t align with your priorities and learning to delegate effectively.
When you take on every task yourself, your efficiency rate decreases because it’s just not feasible to think you can be everywhere at once. Instead, focus your energies where they will produce the best results, and delegate the rest to others so that you can focus on what truly matters. By doing so, you can free up your time and energy to focus on the tasks that will benefit your business most. For instance, if you’re a CEO of a company and your priority is to focus on the big-picture strategy, you could delegate administrative tasks such as scheduling and invoicing to an assistant. By delegating these tasks, you have more time to focus on the strategy and vision of the company.
Another example is if you’re a freelance writer and your priority is to create high-quality content for your clients, you could outsource editing and proofreading tasks to a freelancer. This helps you ensure that your work is of the highest quality while freeing up your time to take on more writing assignments.
By implementing these simple but impactful strategies, you can achieve greater focus, productivity, and satisfaction in your work.
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Next time, on The Miller Mindset, we’ll be exploring 3 simple steps to improve your communication with others that you can use to improve your mindset. That’s next Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 at 2pm EST; so Don’t miss it.
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