How to be more productive in your personal life

When it comes to productivity, we usually think about how to be more effective and efficient at work or in our business. But productivity isn’t just for getting more done in our professional lives. Productivity is a skill that helps you to be more effective and efficient with everything you do and being productive in your personal life is just as important.

Most people sleep around 7-8 hours a night and work for 8-9 hours a day (including commute) leaving them with about 8 hours for recreation and personal projects. So how do we get the most out of this time?

In this post, I’d like to share some things I do to try and be more productive in my personal time.

Use a calendar that you and your partner share

My wife and I have been using a shared iCloud calendar for some years now to organise significant events, alert one another about appointments that we both need to be aware of, and arrange joint activities.

This helps us schedule doctor’s appointments, activities for the kids, and other social engagements that we will be attending. We have someone coming over tomorrow to fix our broken oven, and you can guarantee that we have this event marked on each of our individual calendars.

Because we share a calendar, we are both aware of key occasions. This is helpful for me because, like many other men, I have a tendency to forget things that my wife tells me. However, sharing a calendar helps me avoid this problem.

If I’m in the mood for extreme organisation, I’ll go as far as using the communal calendar to schedule tasks that I need to do on the weekends. On my blog, I’ve written a lot about the time blocking method that I use to organise my work schedule. I plan things I need to accomplish in my personal time using the same method that I use for planning things I need to do in my professional time.

It is simple to set up a calendar that is shared. Because we both use iPhones, and because it’s simple to share a calendar with anybody else who also has an iCloud account, we decided to save our calendars in iCloud. The same thing might be accomplished by using Microsoft 365 or Google Calendar.

Keep a personal to-do list

Asana is how I keep track of everything that has to be done in my company. But this is just too much information for the straightforward personal reminders I need. Apple Reminders is where I go to organise any tasks or errands that need to be completed over the weekend.

It is convenient to use Apple Reminders because I can ask Siri to remind me of things whenever the notion comes to me. I can do this from my phone, watch, computer, or even while I’m driving. I find that adding some context to my reminders helps ensure that I am prompted at the right moment. For instance, I’ll say, “Remind me to X when I get home” or “Remind me to X when I message Y.” Both of these phrases serve as reminders for me to carry out X later.

You are not have to use a different software, but I like the conceptual separation that using Asana provides between my professional and personal life (Apple Reminders). Apple Reminders also enables me to set up regular reminders for items like the bins, which is quite helpful given that I can never remember whether or not it is now recycling week.

Maximize your time spent doing things that bring you the most joy

When I want to get the most out of the time I have available for my company, I ask myself what kinds of activities I take pleasure in completing and which kinds of activities I wish I could eliminate entirely. In my private life, I want to operate according to the same idea.

For instance, there are some errands, such as cleaning the vehicle, that I take pleasure in doing. I find that it helps me relax. However, there are some responsibilities, such as going food shopping, that neither one of us really enjoys doing. We typically conduct our weekly food shopping online so that we may save time doing it. Although it involves a little bit of preparation ahead of time, it ends up saving us a significant amount of time since someone else goes around the shop and gets everything that we need. Either we will have our goods delivered to our home or we will drive up to the collecting lockers that are located outside of the shop.

Read more: A detailed guide on False ceiling design

We went ahead and bought ourselves one of those automated vacuum cleaners as well. At first, I was sceptical, but even the most basic one that we have is really excellent. When we leave the home, we will put the chairs in an upright position and let the machine do its work. I have to admit that I’m pleased by how effectively it operates, and it’s lovely returning home after a robot has cleaned the floor. However, it’s not as good as if a person were doing it.

The kitchen is another place where we try to cut down on time spent. We value excellent food and want to maintain a healthy diet, but it may be challenging to decide what to prepare for dinner on a nightly basis. We have found that using meal delivery services such as HelloFresh, which we have been customers of for the last several years, enables us to eat healthily without requiring us to plan our meals in advance or go shopping for the necessary items.

The most important thing to take away from this is to think about the activities that you dislike performing and find inventive methods to cut down on the amount of time you spend on them.

Spend part of your time on more fruitful activities

Reading, meditating, and keeping a diary are all fantastic ways to unwind and get some work done at the same time, which is why it’s a good idea to include time in your schedule for these activities.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t place an excessive amount of pressure on yourself to be productive during each and every waking minute of your personal time. Quite some time ago, I published a piece in which I argued that placing an unnecessary amount of emphasis on self-improvement might result in an unhealthy pressure to always be better, as well as the fact that you never get a break.

Instead of making a firm commitment to meditating or writing each and every day, which might be a difficult standard to uphold, I don’t place any pressure on myself to do any of those things. I try to fit these activities into my schedule several times a week, or even simply whenever I get the want to, and that frequency is plenty for my needs.

It is not necessary to fill all of your free time with activities that are considered to be “useful.” You’ll be able to make better use of the rest you get if you take some time to unwind by engaging in whichever activities bring you the most pleasure.

Prepare your future self for a life of accomplishment

When I have the opportunity, I try to make things easier for my future self. Every night before I go to sleep, I like to think about what I can do right now to make things simpler for myself the following day. This could include items such as:

Currently emptying the dishwasher so that it will be ready to use first thing in the morning. Or starting it up even though it’s already brimming to capacity.
Getting ready for the day ahead by preparing food and clothing for our kid. Even before she goes to bed, my wife will prepare a bowl of cereal and store it in the refrigerator (but without the milk, of course) so that it is ready for her when she wakes up.
I am activating the robot vacuum so that it may clean the floors while I sleep.
And normally, the very last thing I’ll do is check my calendar to see what my plans for the next day are, just in case there’s anything I need to get ready for right away.
These are the kind of tasks that are often simpler to put off until the next day. However, I like getting an early start so that the next morning will be less difficult.

These are some of the activities that we do in our spare time to increase the amount of value we create for ourselves. If you have any advice or suggestions of your own, please share them with me in the comments section below.

Secrets Worth Knowing
Our Mind & Universe
Invalid email address

Leave a Reply