Minimalism can really boost your productivity, whether it’s in the workplace or at home. Removing unnecessary distractions, keeping your environment clear to avoid visual and mental clutter and enabling you to focus on the important tasks, all contribute to better productivity and time management. Busy Mums can always benefit from ways to do more in the time they’ve got available so check out my post on 7 ways Minimalism boosts productivity and time management for the busy Mum!
WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN OTHERS?
We all know that there’s only 24 hours in a day, but have you ever wondered how some people can pack so much in, and get so much done whilst others never seem to get anything finished and have To Do lists that just never get completed?
Although some mums are just busier than others, a lot of this can also be down to how productive you are and how you manage your time. Some of us are also just prone to procrastination, get side-tracked, easily lose focus or simply aren’t able to multi-task. Maybe you’re even multi-tasking the wrong things?!
There’s a whole host of reasons why some people just seem more productive than others, but I think that Minimalism can help everyone to be more productive and manage their time better. Read on to find out how…
MINIMALISM CAN BOOST PRODUCTIVITY FOR EVERYONE
Before you read further, I want to make it clear that this post is for everyone!
It’s not just for people who work or even just for mums who work outside of the home. If you’re a stay-at-home mum, a mum-to-be, or not even a mum at all, then this post is also for you!
PRODUCTIVITY FOR STAY-AT-HOME-MUMS
Sometimes I think stay-at-home mums get ignored or side-lined and so I wanted to make it clear that this post is written for you too!
RUN YOUR HOME LIKE A BUSINESS
I think you should run your home like you would a business and you, as Mum, are the boss in charge of your business (your home). Treat your role as Mum as a real job. After all, apart from the absence of a contract and pay, it’s something you have to do, you have a massively long and diverse job description and it’s arguably the hardest job in the world!
However, regardless of where you work, Minimalism can really boost your productivity and time management at home and in the workplace.
7 WAYS MINIMALISM BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY AND TIME MANAGEMENT
1. Improves general time management
With Minimalism you focus on what’s important and adds value to you and your life and it encourages you to let the rest go.
The same principle applies to how you manage your time, your calendar and your commitments. Minimalism requires you to be intentional about what you say yes to, and what you give your time to.
This means that you only say yes to commitments, appointments and projects that add value and are the most important.
You’re less likely to double-book yourself, overrun on any appointments or stretch yourself too thin by cramming too much in because you’ve made deliberate and careful decisions about where and how your time is spent.
Check out my post on how to simplify your calendar and be more intentional with your time.
2. Enables multi-tasking
Your list of things to do might be long and you’ll probably still have to do several things at the same time just because you need to get it all done. Also, life rarely fits into neat little boxes which you can deal with one by one, completing each before you move onto the next. Different projects and activities also have different deadlines that compete with one another for your time and attention.
Multi-tasking is inevitable and unavoidable, but by being Minimalist, you won’t have tasks on your list that needn’t be there. You can easily see what’s important, what takes priority and what needs to be done and when. There won’t be any extra clutter on your list to make you unnecessarily busy and overwhelmed and unable to get anything done because you just don’t know where to start.
3. Staying focused and avoiding distractions
With Minimalism you don’t say yes to anything that isn’t going to add value or doesn’t align with what you want or need to do. In the workplace you often have to do things because they’re required of you, but you’ll find ways of working out what’s necessary and what’s just unnecessary clutter and fluff that will distract you.
At home you’ll be much more likely to focus on the tasks you need to do before you let yourself be distracted by other things that you perhaps only should do if you’ve got some free time, or once everything else is done.
You’ll be more able to create To Do lists and identify projects that you’re going to stick with and stick to and much less likely to get side-tracked or distracted with unimportant mental clutter that wastes your time and lessens your productivity.
4. Prioritising tasks
Minimalism enables you to focus on what’s important at any given time so you can see clearly which tasks and projects are the most urgent, important or time-consuming.
When your mind is full of things to do, ideas, distractions and other mental clutter, you can’t readily see what’s important because it’s all a jumbled fog of thoughts.
Minimalism gives you clarity and mental space to identify each task and what order they need to be done in.
5. Keeping organised
Decluttering your physical surroundings helps things stay neat, tidy and organised.
You’ll be able to find things more quickly (whether it’s digital files, emails or paper), keep on top of any systems and procedures and generally work quicker and more efficiently.
Think about decluttering your computer filing system, your desktop icons, your email inbox and other folders, photos, your paper filing systems, stationery, workspace or desk, bookshelves, noticeboards and anything else.
Your workspace or home office should inspire you to be most efficient and productive without distracting you so you don’t get anything done!
6. Increasing motivation to complete tasks
Minimalism encourages you to be intentional about what you say yes to.
I know in a paid job you generally have to do what’s required of you, but you’ll be more deliberate about getting the important and urgent things done first, and less likely to be distracted by anything else that’s not required of you or aren’t so important.
Because you’re intentional and deliberate about what you include on your To Do list, you’re much more likely to be motivated to the end and complete each task without losing focus, forgetting about it or giving up.
7. Setting goals and achieving targets
Minimalism helps you see the bigger picture in whatever you do, whether it’s at work, managing your home, looking after yourself or working on your own personal development.
You’ll be able to identify what’s really important to you, patterns in your behaviour that you want to develop, negative habits that you want to avoid, areas for improvement and change, and goals and ambitions that you want to reach.
This will all be much clearer to you because you’re more generally aware of everything that you do in life, what you let in and what you have around you. Minimalism encourages you to be much more intentional about your time, how you spend it and your life in general.
Minimalism means you’ll be able to set goals and achieve them because you’re more driven, focused and accountable to yourself.
For more information check out my post on how to set goals and achieve them.
START TO MANAGE YOUR TIME AND MAKE YOUR TIME WORK FOR YOU
There are just 7 ways in which Minimalism can help you be more productive and efficient with how you manage your time. It won’t happen overnight but with perseverance and practice you can start to carve out more time in your day by being more productive and protecting the time that you do have with better time management.
It will mean you can find quicker and simpler ways of doing the things that you HAVE to do, so you have more time for the things that you WANT to do.
It’s the same principle whether you’re a work-at-home or stay-at-home mum or you work outside of the home. Apply each of the 7 points to your life, find a way to adapt them to your situation and see how Minimalism can boost your productivity and time management.
YOUR NEXT STEP…
If you’d like to learn more about how to be intentional with your time, be more productive and carve out more time in your day for the things which are important to YOU, then check out my FREE 1-week email course, Simplify Your Time. It’s a time management course that encourages you to think intentionally and practically about your precious time and what you do with it. Find out more here.