Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide, has written a new blog post on how time-swapping can increase productivity.
Does this sound familiar?
“Some day, I am going to write my memoir …”
“Oooh, next week, I am finally going to start that blog. Maybe … “
“I really want to launch a podcast to promote my writing, but who has the time?”
The answer to that last question is, “Everyone!” With COVID rules, most people are working from home these days, which enables them to use time-swapping to increase their productivity!
Tell me, how long was your commute to work? Was it 20 minutes? An hour? And what are you doing with the time you used to spend walking, riding the bus, or driving to work?
Use only a fraction of your weekly commute time for a passion project, side hustle, or even networking, and you will still make a dent in those often ignored back-burner goals. Here are 4 more ways to find time to work on your great American novel, screenplay, or passion project:
1. Driving Time. Even if you worked from home pre-COVID, you still had plenty of places to go each week from lunch meetings to the gym. Thanks to Zoom calls and video workouts, a lot of in-person events are now virtual. No more driving … or even parking. With the time you save you can actually attend twice as many events each week.
2. Netflix Time. We all love our Netflix … or Hulu … or whatever our preferred platform for binge-watching after a long day. I’m not saying to get rid of binge-time, just shorten it. Binge one less episode a night, a few times a week, and see what you can accomplish during that found time.
3. Your Prime Time. When is your prime writing-time? In the morning? Late at night? With family at home, you may be struggling for personal time. By extending your day – getting up 15 to 30-minutes earlier or staying up a little later – you can sneak in some productivity. Not sure which is your prime time? Try them both, and see what works best for you.
4. Cooking Time. Whether you are a natural-cook or someone who took up cooking as a COVID-hobby, chances are you are eating out a lot less. One of the best ways to do food prep is to batch your cooking time. Pick one day a week to make multiple meals. You can easily freeze things like soup, spaghetti sauce, and casseroles, and pull them out later. I also love the Instant Pot as a productivity hack.
To find time for those back-burner projects, you don’t have to make sacrifices. You just need to be creative with how you spend and/or swap your time.
A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals
Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success.